Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Near Lucknow


Nawabganj Birds Sanctuary is a great weekend trip from   Kanpur and Lucknow for bird lovers. Area of sanctuary is around 3 Sq KM and attracts migratory birds during the winter. I have visited the sanctuary on 1 November 2014, but at that time migratory birds did not arrived. But the trip was quite exciting as I was able to take amazing photographs of many birds apart from spotting some birds first time by me. The sanctuary is actually an area of swallow lake surrounds by vegetation from all sides. There is a concrete path surrounding the lake. The pathway is also lined up with small concrete pillars which works as tripod for camera. To enhance the knowledge of visitors regarding birds, an Interpretation Centre is established in the Sanctuary. It has the provision of film shows related to wildlife. There are motel, restaurants and small eateries around the sanctuary.

The Nawabganj Birds Sanctuary is 45 Km from Kanpur railway station. Amuasi Airport, Lucknow is around 28 Km and Lucknow railway station is 55 Km from the Sanctuary. During my visit I have spotted following birds-

  1. Grey Heron
  2. Asian Openbill
  3. Laughing Dove
  4. Red eared Bulbul
  5. White throated kingfisher
  6. Bronze winged Jacana
  7. Greater Flame back
  8. Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker
  9. Purple Moorhen
  10. Pond Hen
  11. Spot Billed Duck
  12. Cattle Egret
  13. Little Egret
  14. Oriental White-eye
  15. Jungle Crow
  16. Purple Heron
  17. Little Cormorant
  18. Tit
  19. Plain Prinia
  20. Black Drongo
  21. White Bellied Drongo
  22. Great Indian Caucal
  23. Parakeet
  24. Grey Hornbill
  25. Yellow
  26. Brown
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  28. Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch
  29. Purple Sunbird

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Birding in Gwaldam


I have visited Gwaldam in Uttrakhand for birding during the first week of October 2014. The birding was done around Gwaldam particularly the forest area around SSB training Academy. Following birds have been spotted-

Scaly Breasted Munia

Pied Bushchat

Yellow Breasted Greenfinch

Black naped Monarch

Ultramine Flycatcher

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Verditer Flycatcher

Spangled Drongo

Black Drongo

White Cheeked Nuthatch

Kashmir Nuthatch

Grey Bushchat

White throated Laughingthrush

Rufous Naped Tit

Grey Cheeked or Grey Hooded Warbler

Himalayan Bulbul

Fire Capped Tit

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Birding around Sri Ganganagar: Rajasthan


Yesterday was a good day for birding around 32ML in Shri Ganganagar Rajasthan. I managed to see Black Francolin and Grey Francolin. The Grey francolin were chasing each other. Apart from Francolins, I spotted some other birds including Pied Bushchat, Green Bee-eaters, shrikes and Prinia. Common Chat, I am posting the pics, please help in identification of pipit and shrike.

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Badopal Lake: Birding in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan


Badopal Lake is a fresh water lake located in the Pilibanga Tehsil of the Hanumangarh district. It is also close to Ganganagar. The lake is on the plains of Ghaggar river (mythical Saraswati river). Initially when i cane to know about the Badopal i was not too much excited because neither i heard about it earlier nor there was any good reviews on internet. Anyway decided to move and started early in the morning from shri Ganganagar. I reached Badopal just at the sunrise. The colors of the lake were amazing and provided great opportunity for photography. At entry i was greeted by the Greater Flamingos, Northern Shovelers, Black winged Stilts, Common Coots etc. As i moved ahead to other side of the lake, there were hundreds of the Greater Flamingos. Few were about to take flight and few were landing. Apart from Flamingos, there were Plovers and Pied Avocet.

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Birds near Mohan- Unnao


Got an opportunity to travel around Mohan in Unnao and spotted some beautiful birds. The highlight was the Egyptian Vulture, Grey backed Shrike, Indian roller.

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Sunbirds of Swaziland


Following type of sunbirds are found in Swaziland. Since sunbirds feed mainly on nectar, it is easy to spot them around the flowering trees and bushes.

  1. Collared sunbird
  2. Eastern Olive sunbird
  3. Mouse collered sunbird
  4. Amethyst sunbird
  5. Scarlet chested sunbird
  6. Malachite sunbird
  7. Southern double collered sunbird
  8. Greater double collered sunbird
  9. Mariqua sunbird
  10. Purple banded sunbird
  11. White breasted sunbird.

Following are the photographs of the sunbirds mainly taken in and around Royal Swazi Spa.

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Jhansi: Birding in area around Paaricha


It is monsoon season and the small wooded areas around Paariksha (close to Jhansi) are hosting lot of birds. The Brahminy Starling just walk graciously in front of you. The red wattled lapwing here are also not shy and will walk as close as one meter. At this time i believe cormorants and egrets are also nesting. These birds are collecting the flexible small branches for nesting and fly away to the nesting place holding the same in beaks. It was too exciting to see great egret cleaning there feathers twisting the long neck several ways. Rose ringed parakeet are flying over us in large groups of 5-10.

Following birds were spotted during the visit

  1. Common Maina
  2. Brahminy Starling
  3. Red wattled lapwing
  4. Great Egret
  5. Intermediate Egret
  6. Cattle Egret
  7. Asian pied starling
  8. Red vented Bulbul
  9. Common kingfisher
  10. Ashy Prinia
  11. Flycatcher?
  12. Black drongo
  13. Jacobian Cuckoo
  14. Large grey babbler
  15. Green bee-eater
  16. House Sparrow
  17. Rufous Treepie
  18. Purple sunbird
  19. Indian Jungle Crow
  20. House Crow
  21. Dove?
  22. Pond Hen?
  23. Black breasted weaver
  24. Bronze winged Zacana
  25. Indian Golden oriole
  26. Rose ringed parakeet
  27. Oriental magpie robin
  28. Indian roller
  29. Peacock
  30. Asian koel
  31. White throated kingfisher
  32. Purple sunbird (eclipse)
  33. Warbler?
  34. Indian silverbill
  35. Scaly breasted munia
  36. Indian Pond Heron
  37. Southern Coucal
  38. Plain Prinia

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