Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bird Watch Update

Here's the latest update from birder Madhurima, a South City resident who has been maintaining a weekly record of birds sighted at the lake. Lots of "purple" birds!

On Saturday, 23rd July, there was a flock of at least 8 little cormorants. 2 very brownish little cormorants were present, which are probably juveniles. Other than that, all usual suspects were present. One waterhen couple seems to have made a nest. they were seen hanging out together, near the L&T gate, on both days

On Sunday, the little cormorants had left. Other birds were all present. I witnessed a case of probable child abuse by a purple swamphen which tried to crush its chick under its weight for 10 minutes. However, the chick seemed uninjured after the ordeal.

The lapwing couple was present on both days, but there was no chick with them. Maybe they couldn't protect the chick this time.


Bronze-winged Jacana

Little Cormorants

The lake

Little Cormorants

Purple-rumped Sunbird Female

Purple-rumped Sunbird Male

Purple Heron

Scaly-breasted Munia


White-browed Wagtail

White-breasted Waterhen

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphens

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Puttenahalli Lake begins to overflow!

For the first time since PNLIT took up the cause of saving Puttenahalli Lake, the water level has increased so much that it has begun to overflow into the waste weir! We can't contain our excitement. We have managed to get a once dry lake brimming with water! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!

The sight of water, water everywhere warms our hearts but it also means that we have more work in store, keeping more water clean. With the water, a lot of trash has come our way, but we have been able to trap quite a bit of it. 

See the photos. Better still, visit the lake! 

PNLIT team