Birds of Varkala

As part of our trip to Kerala, we went to Varkala a relatively quaint place. Varkala has three beaches: Papanasam, Varkala and Kappil.

Also it has a huge back water called Varkala-Hariharapuram Lake. Most of the birding was around the beach and at the Lake.

The lake was large  and had lots of Darters, Indian  and little cormorants. We also saw a pair of Gull billed tern racing with the motorboat. There were stork billed, white breasted and small kingfishers

Brahminy Kites are abundant both at the lake and the beach. I heard a new term for them from the boat man "Kerala Eagle"


The area near the resort ( Taj gateway) was resonating with the calls of White Cheeked barbet.



Lesser Coucals, Asian Koels, Rufous Treepie and Black rumped flamebacks were common.








Among the relatively rare sightings were the Drongo Cuckoo and the Blue tailed bee-eater





It is a place not known for birding but as I always say you will see birds everywhere :)
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