Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nilgiri Flycatcher at Ooty

We came across many birds during our visit to Ooty. We spotted the small beautiful bird Nilgiri Flycatcher in the Botanical Garden


The color of the body is dark steely indigo blue with some violet-blue on the forehead and darker lores. It has long tail with two blue central tail feathers and the dark brown and edged with indigo lateral feathers. The wing feathers are dark brown with a narrow outer fringe of blue. 



They diet includes small invertebrates and some fruit, particularly berries. 



This beautiful bird is found mainly in the higher altitude shola forests of the Western Ghats and the Nilgiris. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Shiva Temples, Barkur

One of the prominent structure of ancient times in Barkur is Kathale Basadi.  In the same complex one can also see Hindu temples proving that Jainism and Hinduism were all together.



These structures dating back to 12th century located just behind the basadi. There are twin temples that are 30 mts apart from each other. 



In front of one of them is Nandi, that tells us that it was a Shiva temple.  On plan they are almost similar and have a garbhagriha, sukhanasi and pillared mukh mantapa. The pillars in the mukhamantapa are moderately ornamented.



The exterior walls are plain with very few carvings there are few carvings on the temple.