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 near Jaipur
There is a lake 30 kms from Jaipur ( Chandlai Lake) beyond the airport which is relatively unknown to most birders. I researched a bit on the net and visited the place for a few hours in Jan,2014.
We started at 6 AM . Our driver did not know the place and we had to guide him thanks to Google Maps. Soon we realized there was heavy fog and whatever little hope of birding in an unknown territory was about to vanish. We had a few cups of chai at a Dhaba while waiting for the fog to clear before finally making it to Chandlai lake.
When we reached the lake I could see a lot of initial promise with a flock of Black winged stilts welcoming us next to the road.
Rajasthan is known for its Babool trees and here is an Intermediate Egret sitting on a Babool tree.
A purple swamphen added some colour to the gloomy morning
The locals were quite surprised seeing Birders with large lenses and a lot of honking followed. We realized we were in the catchment area of the lake and we climbed a ridge to get to the lake which was huge.
The place, to our amazement, turned out to be a Birder's paradise and we saw hundreds of ducks ( Northern Pintail, Mallard, Spot billed) to name a few besides a lot of waders. Tried to capture a few shots here.
Black winged stilt against a relatively still lake
A black tailed Godwit ( Lifer for me)
A yellow wagtail
There were River terns fishing and though the light conditions were bad I tried to shoot them ideally with a fish in their mouth coming out of the water. Either my timing or their fishing skills were poor. I only managed to get a few shots in and out of water.
Towards thye rear end there were hundreds of ducks. One Northern Pintail flew over us.
Bar headed Geese were feeding at the lake bed.
Ruff ( another lifer for me)
There is an advantage of bad light ...you can develop a few Black and White photos and look good. But if they are a group of Pied Avocets it doesn't really matter :)
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,