Overnight trip with Shankar & Ritu. INP member Krishna Narain (KN) owns and runs this delightful camp. It’s a superb sprawling patch (~60 acres) of forested hills about 20kms from Bangalore. It borders the Bannerghatta National Park. It is, to put it mildly, a naturalists’ delight. Elephants, sloth bears and leopards exist in and around Forest Trails.
This is probably the only place in Bangalore where Yellow Throated Bulbuls are regularly seen and probably breed. I managed to see and photograph a flock last winter. Nightjars are very common in and near Forest Trails and a night drive should definitely produce a few. I have attached some nightjar images in the gallery. This July, I photographed a family of Paradise Flycathers – proof that they breed here. The list of birds and experiences in Forest Trails are endless…
I have visted Forest Trails twice – once during Christmas 2004 and once in July 2005. This trip report if from the July 2005 trip.
Good friend, colleague & partner Shankar and his wife Ritu joined us for this weekend trip. Unfortunately, they had to leave their golden retriever Lobsang at home because of the panther population at Bannerghatta!