October 26, 2018
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is now known as Keoladeo National Park. The 29 square km park’s woods and man-made wetlands protect over 350 species of migratory and resident birds, including herons,
cormorants and eagles. It is also a World Heritage Site.
During the month of October, when this video was made, the resident birds are breeding. November onwards, the migratory birds start arriving.
As the park lies on the Central Asian Flyway of the Asia Pacific Global Migratory
Flyway, it is a staging / wintering ground for a large number of migratory waterfowls. The rare Siberian cranes used to winter in this park but this central population is now extinct. The
last Siberian Crane was seen here in 2002.
The sanctuary was created 250 years ago and is named after a Keoladeo (Shiva) temple within its boundaries. The park was a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Bharatpur, a tradition dating
back to 1850, and duck shoots were organised yearly in honour of the British viceroys.
Video Susan Sharma
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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
October 12, 2018
Mountain pheasants are seen in the Himalayan region. In India they occur in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and J&K. Neighboring countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan also have
some. Pheasants are the Winged guardians of Mountainscapes. Pheasants are the species of birds to which our national bird, the peacock, belongs.
Pheasants are an indicator species for the health of our mountains. About a third of all the pheasants in the world are found in India. While many pheasants have been reduced to birds for
captive breeding (like the jungle fowl) or as game birds in the US and Europe, several parts of Asia still have the wild population. Seeing a tragopan in the wild can be compared only to seeing a tiger in the wild for the first time. The round black-bordered
white spots or ocelli on the tragopan's feathers make it look like the King of Birds studded with diamonds all over. No wonder the local names for the tragopan are "Jewar" and "Sonalu". The tragopan is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh.
The beautiful monal pheasant, 'the bird of nine colours', is the state bird for nd Uttarakhand and Nepal. Monal feathers used to adorn the Kinnaur Caps of wealthy persons. Now their use
is banned officially.
The birds cannot be viewed as game birds as most of the Western community does but these birds are the winged guardians of our mountainscapes. The pheasants are more than just beautiful
birds, for they also have scientific value for environmentalists and ecologists. Years of research have shown that Himalayan pheasants are mostly found in moist, temperate forests where there is a thriving community of oak trees. Oaks are important in ecological
terms because they grow only in forests that are mature with plenty of healthy undergrowth in the form of vibrant grasses and bushes and a wide array of specialized tree species. After establishing the close link between oak trees and pheasants, ecologists
have reached the conclusion that a fall in pheasant population mirrors an adverse change in the mature forest habitat.
The hills and valleys of the Himalayan ranges are the only areas left in the world where these exotic birds species still exist in their natural surroundings. Western Tragopan, Himalayan
Monal, Cheer, Koklass and Khaleej - the mountainscapes exist because they exist. Anyone living in the mountains will vouch for the Himalayan Monal whose calls warn the ground dwelling animals like musk deer, tahr and bear of approaching hunters /poachers.
It is high time we removed the tag of game birds from pheasants.
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Sarahan-a Sanctuary for mountain birds
February 21, 2016
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, also known as Ghana Bird Sanctuary, is one of the best bird sanctuaries in the world.
The name Keoladeo comes from the temple of Lord Shiva which is located in that area. And Ghana means ‘dense’. The sanctuary is a heaven for animal lovers and bird watchers.
The park is open throughout the year, although, the best experience of watching the migratory birds and pythons, comes in the winter months from mid October to February. December is considered to be the ideal month for bird watching as a plethora of birds can
The park allows the visitors to hire bicycles and rickshaws for the tour.
A narrow road, fit for cycling, winds its way throughout the park surrounded by dense green forest.
A sweet chirping of various birds can be heard in the magnificence of the forest. A large variety of birds can be seen basking in the sun, feeding the chicks, soaring high in the sky, plunging into the water bodies for fishes.
Along with the umpteen birds, mammals such as the Spotted Deer and Nilgais can be spotted.
On our visit, in September this year, a male Spotted Deer stag was seen crossing the road. It stood there for a few seconds, flaunting its majestic body, and then disappeared in the bushes.
A Nilgai was spotted running through the swamp waters, creating a sudden ruckus which alarmed the birds around the place. The then serene scene was filled with boisterous chirping and splashing of water in no time.
Frogs can be heard croaking around the muddy and still water of the marsh. Snails can be easily and abundantly found in the bogs.
The best thing about the park is the independency for the tourists. There are no limitations in the safari timings and zones. A person can go anywhere and can stay in the park until the sun sets. Guides, possessing an ample amount of knowledge about the flora
and fauna and about the park, can be hired accordingly by paying an extra amount along with the tickets and bicycle charge.
The park is a bliss for the wildlife enthusiasts and is one of the must visit places in Rajasthan.
January 23, 2016
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Bhitarkanika Eco-Wildlife Tour Package 04
03 Nights / 04 Days : Ex- Bhadrak
DAY WISE ITINERARY
Day 01 : Jayanagar Khola-Jungle Resort
Morning arrival at Jayanagar Jetty. On arrival board on Boat to Khola-Jungle Resort. After lunch cruise to Kalibhanja Diha, Dhamara Port & Dhamarai Temple. Dinner & Overnight at Forest Lodge / Sand Pebbles Jungle Resort.
Day 02 : Ekakula
Early morning board on boat to Ekakula with pack breakfast and lunch. Overnight at Forest Lodge / Sand Pebbles Jungle Resort.
Day 03 : Bhitarkanika
After breakfast visit to different creeks to spot crocodiles, Bird Sanctuary & trekking to Hunting tower of ancient king. After lunch visit of Crocodile Breeding Centre & Museum. Dinner & overnight at Forest Lodge / Sand Pebbles
Day 04 : Jungle Resort Khola/Jayanagar Jetty
After breakfast drop to Jayanagar jetty for onward journeys.
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February 27, 2013
Visited Morni Hills, DistrictPanchkula, Haryana this sunday. Already famous for its varied flora and fauna,Morni is infact a tiny village located on
the foothill-zone of the shivaliks. Ametalled road connects morni with panchkula for a distance of about 20kms., onmajor district road 118 and is 3000 ft. above the mean sea level. morni hillshave two water bodies, small agricultural tracts and presence of
river ghaggar.The reserved forest limit starts just as we take a turn towards morni from nadasahib, a gurudwara. a check post has been put up by the forest department, butfound it not operating on sunday. vehicular traffic, leading to a lot of noisekeeps the
wild life at bay. i was amused to notice atlest 10 vehicles passingevery 10 minutes, with no limit to the speed and constant honking. as weentered the forest area we could find few monkeys and langoors on the road sideprobably just because of the feeding by
Moving a little ahead we heardthe chirping of some birds and stopped to notice what it was? with muchdifficulty, because of the vehicles moving constantly,
we noticed a tree fullof berries on which some birds were sitting. to our surprise it was the
white -eared bulbul. Also known as Himalayan Bulbul and white cheeked bulbul,a scarce resident in Haryana. The bird is found in wooded areas like mornihills and kalesar forests. Its local name is
kushandra or bhooroo as told by a farmer locally
so many of them fluttering from one tree toanother managing what little they could eat, scared of the noise. we stoodlifeless for around 10 to 15 min.
So that they come to the berry treeon the road side where we were waiting for them to be clicked. after they werepretty sure we were not a threat to
them they started coming one after theother giving us a chance to click them.
We moved ahead searching for somemore birds. There was a group of some off road bikers enjoying driving on theturns of the hills. We found a
red startsitting quietly on the branch of a tree at village mandana, the largest villagein morni hills. We managed to click.
Little ahead we found the
red whiskered bulbul also known as red vented bulbul, the singerbird of India. It probably looks like a musician with a turban on the top ofthe head-the crest. It has a long tailand feeds on fruits, nectar and insects.
Morni has varied flora likebabul, kikar, bamboo, khair, amaltas, jamun trees are commonly seen on loweraltitude. As we move higher the type of vegetation changes to pines and chirtrees and temperature also falls suddenly. From
mandana, the view of the plains is breathtaking. The ghaggar river separates the tipra rangefrom morni hills. From the T-point we can turn back to chandimandir and alsotowards pinjore through thapli which also boasts of a famous nature camp.
January 12, 2013
I have visited jayakwadi bird sanctuary situated near Aurangabad- 60km distance; one of the best places near by. I have sighted around 120 species of birds there in one trip including greater flamingo, eurasian spoonbill, long tailed godwit, whisked tern,grey
heron, small blue kingfisher and many more!
March 05, 2012
Thol lake is near to Ahmadabad. It was amazing to watch birds and beauty of Nature. You can see all pictures of that visit on my Facebook page
February 02, 2012
On Jan 26th we ( Mr. Rishiraj Deval , Mr. Amit Gupta & My Self ) started our journey from Udaipur to Littile Rann Of Kutch via Thol Sanctuary in Ahemdabad.
Here is the checklist of birds we saw during this trip:
001. Great White Pelican
002. Dalmatian Pelican
003. River Tern
004. Great Cormorant
005. Wiskered Tern
006. Brahminy Starling
007. Little Cormorant
008. Pallid Harrier
009. Painted Sandgrouse
010. Rosy Starling
011. Indian Cormorant
012. Montagu's Harrier
013. Common Myna
014. Little Grebe
015. Marsh Harrier
016. Eurasian Collared Dove
017. Bank Myna
018. Great Egret
019. Laughing Dove
020. House Crow
021. Intermediate Egret
022. Common Kestrel
023. Spotted Dove
024. Little Egret
025. Grey Francolin
026. Blue Rock Pegion
027. Red-vented Bulbul
028. Western Reef Egret
029. Rose ringed parakeet
030. White Eared Bulbul
031. Cattle Egret
032. Barred Button Quail
033. Greater Coucal
034. Common Babbler
035. Grey Heron
036. Indian Peacock
037. Asian Koel
038. Red-throated Flycatcher
039. Indian Pond Heron
040. Common Crane
041. Wolly Necked Stork
042. Common Moorhen
043. Short-eared Owl
044. Common Coot
045. Lesser Flamingo
046. Spotted Owlet
047. Painted Stork
048. Black Winged Stilt
049. White Throated Kingfisher
050. Indian Roller
051. Isabelline Wheatear
052. Eurasian Spoon Bill
053. Green Beeeater
054. Variable Wheatear
055. Black Headed Ibis
056. Red Wattled Lapwing
057. Common Hoopoe
058. Desert Wheatear
059. Glossy Ibis
060. Little Ringed Plover
061. Pied Bushchat
062. Black Ibis
063. Kentish Plover
064. Common Stonechat
065. Spot Bill Duck
066. Black Tailed Godwit
067. Eurasian Wigeon
069. Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
070. Tawny pipit
071. Northern Pintail
072. Rufous tailed Lark
073. Ezyptian Vulture
074. Paddy Field Pipit
075. White browed Wagtail
077. Red Shank
078. White Wagtail
080. Crested Lark
081. Yellow Wagtail
082. Green Shank
083. Citrine Wagtail
084. Black Shouldered Kite
085. Purple Sunbird
086. Common Sandpiper
087. Red-rumped Swallow
088. Indian Silverbill
090. Wire Tailed Swallow
091. Scaly bellied Munia
092. Black Drongo
093. House Saprrow
094. Common Buzzard
095. Imperial Eagle
096. Rufous tailed Shrike
097. Steppe Eagle
098. Baybacked Shrike
099. Grey Leg Goose
100. Long-tailed Shrike
101. Pied Avocet
102. Pallid Scops Owl
103. Grey Headed/Canary Flycatcher
104. Eurasian Wigeon
106. Purple Heron
107. Grey Heron
108. Red Crested Pochard
plz for give me for spellings if any ..Still missing lots of species & will be back for them soon ...
Thank you all for your time to read this check list.
January 20, 2012