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While bird watching on 18 December 2015 at Bhigwan, we chanced upon a large colony of Bar Headed Geese. This is the first time that I spotted this species at Bhigwan though I have been visiting this place for several years for bird watching and photography.

The bar-headed geese is one of the world’s highest-flying birds,having been heard flying across Mount Makalu – the fifth highest mountain on earth at 8,481 m (27,825 ft) – and reportedly seen flying over Mount Everest – 8,848 m (29,029 ft) . Watch the video below.

The species has been reported to be migrating south from Tibet, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia before crossing the Himalaya with the flight across the Himalaya being undertaken non-stop in as little as seven hours. The bar-headed geese migrate over the Himalayas to spend the winter in parts of South Asia (from Assam to as far south as Tamil Nadu). The modern winter habitat of the species is cultivated fields, where it feeds on barley, rice and wheat, and may damage crops. Birds from Kyrgyzstan have been noted to stopover in western Tibet and southern Tajikistan for 20 to 30 days before migrating further south.

In Maharashtra, India it can be spotted at Bhigwan about 100 km from Pune and Veer Dam around 50 km from Pune. The images below were taken on 18 December 2015 at Diksal Village near Bhigwan.

Facts : courtesy wikipedia