July 31, 2011

Feathers and Fangs! A bird and herp experience at Hunsur

Feathers and Fangs!
2-4 September 2011

By the end of August the South-West Monsoon is petering out, most water bodies have filled up to capacity and are teeming with life. Fish have spawned, local migrations of birds have started to find nesting grounds and herps and reptiles will also be bringing forth their young.
The Gerry Martin Project will be taking a group of enthusiasts to Ossie Martin's Farm on the banks of the Devikere lake to witness and experience the beginning of the life-cycle.
Located at the village of Rathnapuri, 10 Kms from Hunsur, the farm is a great place to experience smaller and lesser known wildlife. We will go for surveys through fruit orchards, fields, marshes and hedgerows at the farm, get up close with reptiles, birdwatch around the lake and also do excursions into Nagarhole and Ranganthittu Sanctuaries.

    Some of the things we will do there are
  • Birdwatching at the lake and around
  • Go on night surveys
  • Learn camera trapping
  • A game drive to Nagarhole
  • Excursion to Ranganthittu
  • Setting up pit-falls and drift fences
  • Getting up-close with reptiles
We will be staying at the farm in shared tents and coconut shacks on raised platforms. Bathrooms are permanent structures and have running water. Food is a combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian local delicacies cooked by our in-house army of cooks.

Dates and Logistics:
We will leave Bangalore at 5:00 am on Friday, 2nd September and drive for about 4 hrs to the farm. On the return we will depart Hunsur on Sunday, 4th September at 3:00 pm.


To register for this program or to know more please get in touch with Conan on +91-9972068300 or on conan@gerrymartin.in

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