Birding at Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (WFS, Lakhimpur Kheri-Behraich

On 21st October in morning we left for Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) at 10 AM. KWS is located on the borders of Lakhimpur-Kheri and Behraich districts of Uttar Pradesh. As we reached bypass road towards Rajapur Railway crossing, Asian Openbill along with Bronzed winged Zacana was posing for the cameras. It was a good sign for the successful trip lying ahead.
KWS lies on the foothills of Himalayas and part of Terai Ecosystem. This ensures ample supply of food for aquatic birds. After driving for 5-6 KM, we reached Sharda Sahayak Canal (Irrigation Canal branched out of Sharda River). We took road on left side and started moving towards Sharda barrage. After crossing sharda barrage we moved towards Dhakerwa Churaha. We moved straight through Padua and reached Ghagra barrage. After Ghagra barrage on the left hand side Katarniaghat Jungle starts. In evening we reached Girijapuri, Petrol Pump and had tea.
After Girijapuri we moved straight to Bichchiya (Bichiya) Bazar and after taling right we reached KWS Forest Rest House. Bu t due to some VIP movement, they refused to allocate any huts to us and we came back to Girijapuri and managed to stay in a guest house in Girijapuri.
Next day morning, we went into the jungle upto katarniaghat and returned back to Lakhimpur Kheri by same route.
katarniaghat wild life sanctuary represent tarai ecosystem in the foothills of himalayas. beauty of terai ecosystem is abundance of water and humdid and hot climate, which leads to the growth of dense forests. Katarniaghat is being managed as the part of Dudhawa national park and provide the ecological coridore betwen the dudhawa and bardia national park in nepal. One can easily site spotted dear and muggers in katarniaghat. Mixture of grasslands and forests of sal and teak provide natural habitat to number of birds. While travelling on the road, we spotted a munia preparing her nest. Rocket tailed drongos and white wagtails can be spoted easily here.

Katarniaghat opens after Nov 15 for visitors.

The white wagtail was most frequently cited along this route.
Greay Hornbill can be easily spotted all along the terai belt. The Sarus Crane are not spotted as frequently as earlier.
During this visit following birds were spotted-
• Grey Hornbill (Dhanwas)
• Rocket tailed drongo (spotted in Girijapuri and at Katarniaghat)
• Yellow bellied Sunbird- near dhakerwa chauraha)
• Fork Tailed Drongo (Near Girijapuri)
• Brahminy Starling
• White wagtail (Alba and leucopsis- Amur Wagtail)- all along the route
• Sandpiper- near ghaghra barrage
• Bronzed wing Zacana- Before Girijapuri
• Sarus Crane- near dhakerwa chauraha
• Pond Hen
• Grey wagtail- Near ghaghra barrage
• Rufous tree magpie
• Large billed crow
• White throated kingfisher
• Scaly breasted Munia
• Indian roller
• Baya Weaver

White wagtail

White Wagtail

Amur Wagtail

Yellow bellied sunbird

Yellow Bellied Sunbird

Indian Roller

Pond Hen

To be identified #2

Rocket tailed drongo

Rocket tailed drongo

Grey Hornbill

Brahminey Straling


Sarus Crane


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. taqdis ahmad
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 17:59:33

    very nice and true blog


  2. Qayum khan
    Oct 22, 2015 @ 02:25:45

    Siddharth nagar shohratgarh


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