eight intrepid souls that braved 35 km of rural kanpur roads.
one tire-burst and two punctures.
ripu singla, abhishek l, suhail rizvi, kaizad rustomji, and amit mukerjee.
Ripu Singla trying to fetch water with a bucket that has a huge hole.
Two villagers came and used the well while we were at it. An excellent
exercise in dexterity and reflexes. Those wishing to try it can do so at
Hanspur, near the Hulkapur bridge, 10km down the canal.
it wasn't as if people were firing
cannons at us - it was just that Sudhamsh's bicycle tire exploded...
We had just seen the fruit bat colony on top of a tree near Bhaunipur, when
there was a terrific explosion. No, it wasn't as if people were firing
cannons at us - it was just Sudhamsh's bicycle tire which exploded right
through the tire...
So we had a good half-hour for contemplating the world.
It was Sunday and we'd met up at SAC about an hour back, and come down
leisurely along the canal, on the first stretch of our rural Kanpur ride.
There were eight of us, some old timers and a couple of new faces.
Today's route was going to explore the canal upto the Hulkapur bridge (
13km, second bridge from IITK)
- and then turn left and go along the village routes via Gopalpur, Etara and
Gambhirpur, to Tikra (28km), and then back to IITK on the Shiwali Road (35km).
At the bridge we encountered drongos and indian rollers waiting besides a
grassfire to gobble up insects. On the other side were the ruins of an old
canal office, quite a large building, which has been abandoned for more than
three decades, according to the locals.
The route is amazingly rich with birds, and here are some of the interesting
on this ride.
Varun Sood in front of the abandoned canal works office.
Asian openbill stork
Here are six Openbill Storks, at the Gambhirpur temple pond. I have seen
them here, along with a great egret, on every visit during this winter.
This bird is also known as the Yellow-throated Sparrow
Salim Ali encountered this bird as a child, and intrigued by it, was
eventually intoduced into birdwatching. We saw this next to Manish
Tripathi's rice mill at Ramgopalpur (12km) along the canal.
Not quite a bird, but definitely of interest. This bat colony was spotted by
Suhail. They were hanging upside down
all over this giant tree, just past Bhaunipur.
Yellow Wagtail ?
Other common species
Photo opportunity at a mustard field near Hulkapur bridge. Suhail and
Varun and Amit at old barkat near the well
Puncture break by the mustard fields...
Amitabha Mukerjee January 25, 2010 Feedback: m u k e r j e e [at] g m a i l