Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Calling volunteers for Puttenahalli Kere Habba on Saturday 21st Feb 2015

PNLIT is pleased to announce that we are hosting the Puttenahalli Kere Habba on 21st February 2015. This will be the second such event in the celebrating lakes festival initiative of the One Bengaluru for Lakes and Namma Bengaluru Foundation. The first event held at Kaikondrahalli Lake was an outstanding success. PNLIT is a very small team and our lake is not more than a pond, which, being rain fed, has only a little water. However, it is very much alive and bustling!! 

We are not sure how many visitors will turn up but need to be prepared to educate and entertain them. We have lined up an exciting array of activities for children and adults and need at least 50 volunteers to help us. 

Since several of you volunteers have done such wonderful work at the lake in the past, this message is to invite you to help us make the Puttenahalli Kere Habba 2015 an occasion to remember. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday 21st February. 

Along with conducting the specific activity which will be allocated to you according to your interest, you may have to be our spokesmen as well in talking to the visitors about lake restoration. We will hold briefing sessions for all volunteers. 

Looking forward to hearing from you. Please mail puttenahalli.lake@gmail.com.  


Friday, January 2, 2015

Bird(s) watch update

Visiting the lake today afternoon was delightful with the recent shower cleaning the dust off the leaves and making the trees look so lush. More number and species of birds were seen including the migratory Garganey ducks. A birder had seen some 15 of them in the morning but we saw only nine ... not that we are complaining. :-)

Garganey Ducks, 2nd Jan 2015

The Pied Kingfisher, a recent but regular visitor is almost always seen hovering above the water, diving or perched too far to be photographed. But not today. So obligingly it drove away a couple of white breasted kingfishers and sat on a dead tree we'd planted in the lake bed. 

Pied Kingfisher, 2nd Jan 2015

Several green bee eaters flitted too fast for the camera. Likewise a Grey Heron and a Purple Heron were too far away. All in all, a lovely time indeed! 

Here's wishing that we get to see more and more birds!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Greetings!

Walkers at Puttenahalli Lake, Dec 2014 (Pic: Arathi Manay)

Wishing everyone a great 2015! Stay active and fit in the new year by joining our regular walkers and runners at Puttenahalli Lake. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Season's Greetings from PNLIT

As we come to the end of another eventful year, PNLIT wishes you and yours, a very merry Christmas and a fulfilling new year ahead. 

This Christmas, may your "Christmas Tree" bring you gifts of joy, love and hope that will carry you through 2015, just as our date palm does, year after year. 

(Pic: Shubho Banerjee)

To help you organise your year, PNLIT brings to you a compact year planner that can be downloaded here and printed in A4/A3 size.​
Thank you to all our donors, volunteers, staff and supporters. PNLIT looks forward to your continued support in the year ahead.
Take care and happy holidays!​

The PNLIT Team

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Garganey ducks are back!

We are delighted to report the sighting of our winter visitor, the Garganey Duck. Today when we went to the lake at 3 p.m. we saw four of them at the lake. Typical of its highly territorial nature, the Eurasian Coot, one of our resident species  was busy chasing the ducks away. The quartet merely flew a short distance and made themselves comfortable once again. We hope they are joined by more of their ilk. To know more about this migratory species, see here.

The Garganey was sighted at Puttenahalli Lake for the first time in 2011, an event which was reported in the Hindu article Ducking It. The birds were here last year too.

Female Garganeys at Puttenahalli Lake, Dec 2013 

We were unable to take any photographs today, however, BTV, a city tv news channel, who had come over for a story and have filmed the Garganeys. 

You are welcome to visit the lake and take photographs of our winged visitors.