Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

The smallish Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, some 20 kilometres north of Mysore, is made up of just six islets in the Kaveri River. Yet, it is a favoured destination of thousands of nesting and breeding birds; some flocking from Australia, North America & Siberia. A visit in June this year meant the nesting period was long over and they – storks, ibis, egrets, herons – were readying to migrate back with their nestlings. It was a delightful experience, regardless, cruising around the riverine islets and watching them ignore us. The only fellas in no rush to take off at that time of day were the gravity-defying fruit bats. It is worth a visit if you find yourself in the neighbourhood. Be warned: the dropping-encrusted trees are cause of much stink as you approach them!






Here’s one of a sneaky marsh crocodile:



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