Back to the botanical gardens at the zoo
Trip Start Feb 25, 2012
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Byculla Zoo, Rani Bagh, Jijamata Udyan,
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.