This week’s #ThrowbackTuesday entry is an old report I wrote for my school magazine back in 2004! This probably did not get published in the ‘Girl Cottonian’ (which was the name of my school’s annual magazine) but I do recollect the group photograph and a shorter version of this write-up getting featured in the magazine within the log of activities and educational excursions.
Back then; I was studying in Class XI at the Bishop Cotton Girls School in Bangalore.
I cannot help laugh at my own eagerness to express how much fun this short excursion was..although I vividly recall this memorable trip especially Mr. Karthikeyan S. ( WWF) and how thrilled I was remembering the field-note taking technique for Birding in my later years!
On a beautiful Saturday morning of 17th January 2004, nineteen girls accompanied by two teachers set out Bird-watching. The surprise element to this, is that the time neared 9.00 AM and the venue was right at the heart of the city in the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens. With the experienced eye of our guide , Mr. Karthikeyan.S of the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) we were able to spot around twenty different kinds of birds closely within two hours.
Bird-watching is not the most common hobby known around, least of all to school-going ‘city’ children, hence it was extremely practical that an hour-long seminar , the previous day was organized. During the seminar, which was mostly attended by Environmental Science (EvS) students of Std. IX and Std. XI , Mr. Karthikeyan taught us some basic skills to Bird-watching. The most important of which was – Maintaining silence is a golden rule. The seminar also highlighted methods to spot, observe, identify and study a bird. We were asked to carry a field note-book and taught how to make basic field notes which proved extremely useful the next day.
Right from the Common House Crow to the fabulous Purple Heron, the Pied Wagtail to the majestic Brahmini Kite – the colourful varieties of the class of ‘Aves’ amazed us all. The very idea of observing these fantastic creatures in their natural (but shared) habitat was a refreshing and enjoyable experience. We are all aware that knowledge is the key to understanding and protecting our environment, and a ‘fun’ way to learning is small yet delightful excursions such as these.
We are very thankful to our Guide – Mr. Karthikeyan to have introduced us to this enlightening hobby and to our teacher Mrs. Christy Bobson for taking out some valuable time to organize this excursion, and hope to ‘enjoy’ a whole new world of Birds- not just “out there” but everywhere around us.
Summary/Points to Note:
“Bishop Cotton Girl’s School EvS Students Bird-watching excursion to Lal Bagh.”
Time spent: 8.45 AM – 10.30 AM
Venue: Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore – en-route and the lake situated within its premises.
Species of Bird found (should have written this as ‘spotted’ or ‘observed’ – but this is a youthful mistake here):
- Common Mynah
- Jungle Mynah
- Common Kite
- Jungle Crow
- Common House Crow
- Flower Pecker
- Small Green Barbet
- Rose-ringed Parakeet
- White-breasted Water-Hen
- Pond Heron
- Pied Wagtail
- Purple Heron
- Little Egret
- Purple Moorhen
- Brahmini Kite
- Black Drongo