I created this blog to share with the world my hobby of bird watching and wildlife. You will see mostly Indian birds captured during my travels across India. Occasionally you might come across some wildlife and nature photography to keep it interesting :) Hope you enjoy it.
Birds of Diu
We extended our trip to Gir with a quick trip to Diu. Definitely did not visit Diu with an objective of birding but was pleasantly surprised to see a bird sanctuary ....
...with a small signboard. Was excited to see Flamingoes , Spoonbills and Western Reef Egrets next to the roadside
and the best part was to see hundreds of Blue cheeked bee-eaters on wires. Blue cheeked bee eaters migrate to north-western parts of India usually during summer and early winter. It was rare to see so many of them.
The only guy at the sanctuary mentioned that the best season would be winters and they have a boat ride around the wetlands. This could be one of Diu's best kept secrets.
I had the privilege of going with a group of accomplished birders for the 2013 Great Himalayan Bird Count. in late Oct, 2013. I had participated in 2011 and had some great experiences in and around Dhanolti
This time around we got the Yamunotri route. Besides the excitement to bird at a higher altitude, I was also curious to see the reconstruction efforts post the floods in June. Reconstruction activities were on and roads were accessible though broken in many places with tell tale signs of landslides everywhere. I also saw pretty widespread deforestation and a lot of construction activities for Hydel projects which are believed to be one of the causes for the huge calamity.
Our trip started at Dehradun, where had brief stay at the Geological survey guest house and we did a bit of birding around there. At Dehradun we saw the Dark sided flycatcher, Blue Bearded bee-eater,White throated fantail, Oriental White eye
I have been planning to post this for a while. We have been doing birding trips to the nearby lakes of Hyderabad over the last few months this season and I thought I will release a compilation. The lakes include Ameenpur lake, Manjeera water tank, Osman Sagar and Gandipet.
Hyderabad has a distinct population of lake birds which includes both migratory and resident. The migratory birds can be seen in winter till around March. This year the highlight was to see the greater flamingos flock to Hyderabad.
...and we were lucky to see so many of them before they flew back
The other common migratory birds are the Bar headed geese which migrates from Leh as I am made to understand.
We also saw Glossy Ibis, Brown headed gulls this season.
Among the resident birds near the lake shores most common are Grey Herons,Pond Herons, Eurasian Spoonbills, Egrets, Wood sandpipers, plovers, cormorants, black winged stilts, Kingfishers, Little stint, River Terns,