Thanks to responses to this post and independent verification by Mr. RS Suresh (check out his website on birds) of the birds I now have the names of the birds.
My recent trip to Kodaikanal - before the appendectomy, thank goodness - was brilliant in more than one ways. My most precious moments were sighting birds on my twice a day walk around the star-shaped Kodai lake, bang in the middle of the hill station.
Unfortunately, I do not know the names of these birds. If there is any one out there who can name these birds, I will be very obliged.
Bird#1: This one skipped daintily on lotus leaves looking for insects. How light is this bird?
The bird is WHITE-BROWED WAGTAIL
Bird #2: This looks like a Kingfisher. I am told The Indian Turner looks similar to a Kingfisher. So what is this?
This bird is the WHITE THROATED KINGFISHER
Bird #3: A local 'guide' told me that this is the Nilgiris Wood Pigeon.
This one is called SPOTTED DOVE
Bird #4: And who are you, my dear friend?
Bird #5: Most of these are very difficult to spot. This one was almost invisible. What you see is a cropped image.
Bird #6: This one took off before I could take a snap.
The above three birds are the same - RED-WHISKERED BULBUL