Kokrebellur & Bannerghatta

Visiting Kokrebellur is a dream come true after watching the documentary "The wings of Kokrebellur." It is a unique example of how human beings have lived in harmony with nature for centuries. This small hamlet, 80 kms from Bangalore plays host to a large number of iconic birds - the Spot-billed Pelican that visit the area for nesting. Indeed the name "kokre" means birds in Kannada (language of the state). There are a number of other birds that visit the area and the Painted Stork is also known to nest in large numbers in this area. Villagers not only allow the birds to nest, but actively feed and protect them. They consider them their daughters who are returning to their parental home - what a homecoming! In turn, the droppings of the bird serve as a rich source of fertilizer for their crops. What a synergistic co-existence! 

Nesting of the Spot-billed Pelican, this Pelican is the smallest of the Pelicans found in India

Egg of a pelican that had fallen from the tree

Above & Below - Tiger at Bannerghatta National Park

Tailed Jay at Lalbag

1 comment:

  1. Lovely pictures and it is really something ... treating the birds as daughters returning home and protecting them.. never heard of such an act before.