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Birds of Parrot Mountains

Birds of Parrot Mountains

As part of our trip to the Smoky Mountains, we visited the Parrot Mountain. Parrot Mountain and the Garden of Eden, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has two colorful attractions in one, the first is a four-acre beautifully landscaped garden that is home to exotic flowers, bushes, and trees and as you walk along the garden you come across a bird sanctuary, home to hundreds of tropical parrots. Everywhere you go, you’ll hear their voices trying to catch your attention with a phrase.

This place also has a mock up of a rain forest with exotic birds in its natural environment. If you are visiting USA, you must try and experience this Garden of Eden. Sharing few snaps which I took during my visit.

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Birding in Uttarakhand

Birding in Uttarakhand

If you love watching or photographing birds then a trip to Uttarakhand is a must. Pangot about 14 km and Saattal about 24 km from Nainital are the main birding hotspots.A trip to Ranikhet and Corbett National Park is also likely to pay rich dividends. We made a trip to these spots and were pleased with what we saw.

We were based at Nainital for the first three days and made visits to Saattal and Pangot in morning and evenings, here is what we saw:-

Pair of Himalyan Bulbuls at Nainital.

Blue Whistling Thrush at Saattal

Blue Winged Minla at Saattal

White throated Laughing Thrush at Saattal

White throated Fantail at Saattal

Grey Hooded Warbler

Oriental Magpie

Oriental White Eye

White Capped Water Redstart at Saattal

Redbilled Leothrix at Saattal

Tickell’s Leaf Warbler at Saattal

Rufous Chinned Laughing Thrush at Saattal

Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler at Saattal

Ultra Marine Flycatcher at Saattal

Asian Paradise Flycatcher at Saattal

Himalyan Black Lored Tit after a quick bath in the stream at Saattal

Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher at Saattal

Streaked Laughing Thrush at Pangot, I saw many of them hopping around..

Red Billed Blue Magpie at Pangot, very beautiful birds normally seen in groups of four or five.

Black Headed Jay at Pangot

Common Bushchat at Pangot

Spotted Dove at Pangot

Striated Laugingthrush at Pangot

Himalyan Pipit

Mountain Hawk Eagle at Pangot

Next we moved to Ranikhet and stayed with Jasbir and Shabby in their nook, a paradise in the hills. Morning walks and a visit to the golf course yielded some nice results.

The Himalyan Bulbuls are all around at Ranikhet.

Spotted Dove at Ranikhet.

Grey Tree Magpie at Ranikhet.

Russet Sparrow at Ranikhet

Brown fronted Woodpecker at Ranikhet

Egyptian Vulture near golf course at Ranikhet.

Steppe Eagle near golf course at Ranikhet

Wildlife of the other kind in Sabby’s Garden at Ranikhet

On the last leg of our trip we camped at Corbett, the big cats were elusive but few birds did oblige…

Blue Tailed Bee Eater at Corbett

Indian Roller at Corbett

Green Bee Eater at Corbett

Oriental Honey Buzzard at Corbett

Rock Plover at Corbett

Purple Rumped Sunbird at Corbett

Plum Headed Parakeets at Corbett

Rose Ringed Parakeets at Corbett

Khalij Pheasant at Corbett National Park

This was a trip to remember though we sighted only a handful of birds against 500 odd species known to exist in this region. A trip to this area is highly recommended for all bird watchers.

GUJRAT TRIP: THOL BIRD SANCTUARY

GUJRAT TRIP: THOL BIRD SANCTUARY

If you are a bird lover and are on a visit to Gujrat, you may consider making a trip to Thol Bird Sanctuary. Thol Sanctuary is located about 40 kms northwest of Ahmedabad.

Thol is well known for wintering Great White Pelicans, Flamingos, a variety of waterfowl including Mallards and good numbers of Greylag Geese, Sarus Cranes, the Spotted Flycatcher and waders which include Eurasian Curlews. A visit to this place is highly recommended if you are travelling through the area.

I made a visit to this sanctuary in December 2014 and was delightfully rewarded with some excellent images of aquatic avians which abound in this lake and areas around it.

The lake has many small islands which are home to the water birds.

 

A flock of pelicans flying over the lake and looking for place to land.

Knob ducks are residents of this lake.

Knob Duck in flight

Northern Pintail Ducks are migratory and can be seen in winters only.

Greylag Geese doing an air show. These are also migratory

Greylag Geese in flight

Bar Headed Geese, these are also migratory and can be seen here during winter.

Bar Headed Geese, these are also migratory and can be seen here during winter.

Snake Bird

Langurs are also quite common in this area.

Black winged Stilts.

River tern

Common Crane

Primarily the sanctuary is famous for water birds, but you can spot many a passerines on trees and shrubs around the lake.

A Black Shouldered Kite

Common Hoope

Hawk Cuckoo

Baybacked Shrike

White breasted Drongo

I chanced upon this pair of Spotted Owlets as I was walking around the lake and this made my day.

BIRDS IN ACTION : BIRDING SEASON PUNE 2015

BIRDS IN ACTION : BIRDING SEASON PUNE 2015

As december approaches the migratory birds start decending to water bodies around Pune. This is the time that Pune Birders get hold of their camera and binos and head to these water bodies at Bhigwan, Kavadi Path, Veer Dam, CME Lake and to Sinhgad Valley.

In December 2015 I made few trips to destinations as mentioned above and was suitably rewarded with views of species of birds which make their appearance in these areas during the winter months. This is a yearly ritual for me and I remain insanely busy capturing various antics of these avian creatures. This year too I manged to get few hundred of shots, sharing few of these as I saw these birds in action.

Bar Headed Geese are Winter Visitors to southern states of India. Around Pune they have been seen at Bhigwan about 100 km from Pune and Veer Dam about 60 km from Pune. These birds are known to fly over the Himalayas to reach their destinations in India.

The great Egret is a resident bird and can be found at water bodies. They are graceful birds and make good subject for photography.

Open Billed Stork

The Grey Heron. Can be found patiently waiting for the catch.

River Terns. Agile fishers and very graceful when flying.

Flamingos, winter visitors at Bhigwan.

Spot Billed Ducks

Spot Billed Duck. Just landed.

Common Coot

Pond Heron

Black Winged Stilt

Sea Gulls

Little Egret

Northern Shovellers. Winter visitors from Europe.

Gull Billed Terns

Black Headed Ibis

Indian Cormorant, Versatile fisher.

Spoon Billed Stork

Imperial Eagle

Glossy Ibis

Woolly Necked Crane – keeping a watch on us…

Moor Hen

Ruddy Shelduck

Painted Stork

Want to enjoy nature ? Take a camera and get out bird watching.

Best Wishes

OUR VISIT TO RANGANTHITTU BIRD SANCTUARY

OUR VISIT TO RANGANTHITTU BIRD SANCTUARY

Ranganthittu is a bird sanctuary about 20 kilometers from Mysore, Karnataka, India. This bird sanctuary is astride the Cauvery  River and covers a very small area. It is rich in water birds which roost here. You can see the birds from real close. During our visit in August 2016 I managed to get some decent clicks. Sharing them with you.

Grey Heron

Cattle Egret

Weaver Bird

Eurasian Thick Knee

Open Billed Stork

Close encounter with another resident of the sanctuary

Black headed Ibis

Close up, Black Headed Ibis

Little Egret

Juvenile Night Heron

Cattle Egret

Black Headed Ibis

Open Billed Stork

Grey Heron

Black Headed Ibis

Night Heron

The sanctury is named after the Hindu God Sri Ranganatha Swamy, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.The bird sanctuary is spread over about 40 acres. Doctor Salim Ali a renowned ornithologist convinced the then Maharaja of Mysore to declare Ranganathittu as a protected area. Ranganthittu was declared a bird sanctuary in the year of 1940.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is 19 km away from Mysore and is easily accessible via road.

Best Wishes.

 

Gujrat Trip: Nalsarovar Bird Sancturary

Gujrat Trip: Nalsarovar Bird Sancturary

Our last leg of wildlife tour of Gujrat ended with a visit to Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary on 20th December 2014.

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is a huge lake with ambient marshes and is about 70 km to the West of Ahmedabad . It is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and also one of the largest in India.

Between November and February, this 123 square kilometer lake, is home to vast flocks of indigenous and migratory birds. Ducks, geese, pelicans and flamingos are best seen early in the morning and in the evening.

One can hire country boats for bird watching, do visit the islands in the lake too.

We enjoyed our trip to this place and had an eyefull of bird watching.

You find Egrets in plenty here.

Ruddy Shelduck

Spot Billed Ducks

Grey Heron

Painted Stork

Open Billed Stork

Purple Heron

Seagull

Northern Shoveler

Common Teal

Flock of Common Cranes

Bronze Colored Jacana

Moorhens

Blacktailed Gadwit

Black Winged Stilts

Flock of Flamingos in flight

A flock of Common Pochards in flight

Northern Pintail Ducks

Knob Billed Duck

Glossy Ibis

Spoon Billed Storks in flight

Yellow Wagtail

Steppe Eagle soaring high

Crimson Rumped Sunbird

Wadala Dam about 15 kms from Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is also home to migratory birds in winter and must be visited. We came across a flock of Greylag Geese here and had great fun clicking them.

Just as the day was ending the sky came alive with a large flock of Common Pochards.

This was a trip to remember. I am off again on another birding trip to Little Rann of Kutch and Jaisalmer end January and should be back with some more snaps to share. Cheers!!