Ranganathittu – Bird paradise of Karnataka…

Ranganathittu is a small island near Srirangapatanna, is on the river Cauvery, about 13 km away from Mysore a heaven to migratory birds. Few birds like spoon bills, terns, storks migrate from Siberia and other parts of country all the to INDIA–>KARNATAKA–>MYSORE–>RANGANATHITTU without any GPS. Since many years it is a home to many birds and reptiles of such kind.

Mysore itself is a wildlife hub which is accessible to Ranganathittu, Nagarahole, Bandipur, BR Hills and Madhumalai etc.

One fine day we planned to visit the place, Shivaram legendary Kannada actor is my close wildlife photography friend also joined our team.

Jan 31st 2011 at 5.00AM I drove to Amruth’s place picked him and reached Shivaram’s residence at 6.00AM. Our WildlifeOdyssey to Ranganathittu started with pleasant smile on all our faces…

The first pit stop was at Bidadi “Shiva Prabha thatte idli” hotel had heavy break fast and moved on our journey. It was 8.30AM when we reached Ranganathittu; climate was cloudy and pleasant with good amount of light with respect to photography.As soon as we parked our vehicle and walked towards the ticket counter, forest guards and publics surrounded us “hey Shivaram Shivaram” we were proud to be with the celebrity.

The birds nest here for a period of 3-4 months and go back to their countries. Most of the birds stay on tiny islands within the river, which can be approach by boat. A silent move toward the base of the tree will give an opportunity to photograph these birds.
We spent more than an hour in photographing Storks, Spoon bills, Kingfishers, River terns, Egrets and even muggers which were basking on the rock.
Time was 12.00PM we had sumptuous lunch at adigas and returned to Bangalore by 3.00Pm.