Back to the botanical gardens at the zoo

Trip Start Feb 25, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Byculla Zoo, Rani Bagh, Jijamata Udyan,

Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The botanical gardens within the zoo are a God send for people like us who want a nature outing but without having to plough through roads under repair and their consequent  traffic jams.  Especially in mid summer!

Sunday, 3 May 2009 saw us back at the zoo.  The highlight of this visit was the sighting of a Purple Rumped Sunbird and its nest.   The nest fitted to a tee, the description given in Salim Ali's The Book of Indian Birds - a mess of what looked like assorted rubbish hanging from the underside of a sheaf of Polyalthia Longiflora trees. 

We also saw a fruit laden tree, they looked like little brown apples but are actually Diospyros Peregrina a species endemic to the Western Ghats.

The Dancing White Peacocks from the previous visit put up a repeat performance, so much so that it almost appeared as though they were performing for their delighted audience.

Not far from the peacocks cage, we were delighted to notice a juvenile female Rose Ringed Parakeet help itself to some strange looking fruit  from a tree at the boundary wall.  Initially I thought the fruit was Cherimoyer or at least something else from the Annona family, however it now turns out that it was a Noni tree - Morinda Citrifolia. 

I must say that this Parakeet was true to type, the ones who live near our house refuse to eat fruit, they are spoiled by the neighbours chapathis and biscuits - all actually intended for crows and pigeons.  Some Indian communities have a peculiar belief that if they feed crows, pigeons, ants, they will earn a good Karma. 

Till the next visit.  Here are the photos.
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