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Birding at Vetal Tekdi (#2)

June 18, 2014 2 comments

This weekend we thought of going to Vetal Tekdi again, however we decided to take a different route. Once you park the car at ARAI, you basically have two trails. One which goes to the Quarry, and the other one which goes to the opposite side. Last time we had gone to Quarry side, so this time we decided to go the other side. Within 15 minutes we realized there is very less birding activity on this route.

As we walked along, we saw another road going down, so we decided to take it. as we reached the lowest point, we saw the commoners; bulbul, bee-eaters, pea fowls, sunbirds and so on. There was one new addition to the list.. the Pale billed flowerpecker.

Now it was time to climb the small peak.. and just as we started, I saw two francolins just run away in a fury!.. There was no chance I could click them as they were too fast! 😦 .. As we climbed the peak, we saw a big group of pea fowls (At-least 8-9) of them.. Beautiful sight indeed. Once we reached the top, and walked a little further, the trail led to the quarry again! So we kind of created a full circle this time.. For people who are going purely for birding, I would suggest to head the quarry straight away!

So here are the birds we saw this time at Vetal Tekdi..

Indian Robin (Female)

Indian Robin (Female)

Tickell's blue Flycatcher

Tickell’s blue Flycatcher

 

Green bee-eaters

Green bee-eaters

 

Oriental White Eye

Oriental White Eye

 

Small Minivet

Small Minivet

 

Small Minivet

Small Minivet

 

Common Myna..

Common Myna..

 

White browed Wagtail

White browed Wagtail

 

Indian Robin

Indian Robin

 

White breasted kingfisher.. wing span!

White breasted kingfisher.. wing span!

 

White breasted kingfisher.. in flight..

White breasted kingfisher.. in flight..

 

Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin

 

Great tit

Great tit

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Upgraded Gear: Testing at Pashan Lake

June 8, 2014 2 comments

Yay!!.. finally I upgraded my gear.. Got the Canon 60D & EF-S 55-250 mm IS II lens.. I could not wait to test it, and the best place was Pashan (Considering it is pretty close by with an opportunity to get close to birds). Got to say I am pretty much happy with my new gear and super excited!.. The manual control you get on a DSLR over a point and shoot is tremendous.

Coming to the trip, I did not expect to watch any new birds as it was my 3rd trip to Pashan.. but such is the beauty of nature that it throws pleasant surprises every time! 4 new birds added to the list!.. The total count of identified birds now stands at 81!.. :D. White breasted Waterhen, Hill Myna, Indian Plaintive Cuckoo and the beautiful Small blue Kingfisher. It was a trip completely dedicated to kingfishers; we say Small Blue Kingfishers, Less Pied Kingfishers and White breasted Kingfishers all in one trip.. D. So here you go.. 🙂

 

Small blue kingfisher

Small blue kingfisher

 

Lesser Pied Kingfisher

Lesser Pied Kingfisher

Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater

 

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

 

Greater Coucal

Greater Coucal

 

Lesser Pied.. In flight!

Lesser Pied.. In flight!

 

Random click..

Random click..

 

Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite

White Breasted Kingfisher

White Breasted Kingfisher

 

White Breasted Kingfisher

White Breasted Kingfisher

Indian Plaintive Cuckoo (Female)

Indian Plaintive Cuckoo (Female)

 

Plum headed Parakeet

Plum headed Parakeet

 

Black Drongo

Black Drongo 

 

Birding at Sinhagad Valley (#2)

May 31, 2014 1 comment

As the birding trips continue, it was time for a 2nd trip to Sinhgad valley.. 5 new birds added to the list 😀

I have already detailed about Sinhgad valley in my post earlier this month.. So I would jump to the birds we saw straight away.. Here you go..

Common Swallow

Common Swallow 

 

Purple Sunbird - female

Purple Sunbird – female

 

Common Iora

Common Iora

 

Black-lored??

Indian Lored tit

 

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet

 

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet

 

TIckell's Blue :D

TIckell’s Blue 😀

 

White-cheeked Barbet

White-cheeked Barbet

 

White-cheeked Barbet

White-cheeked Barbet

 

Spotted Babbler

Spotted Babbler

 

Spotted Babbler

Spotted Babbler

 

Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove

 

Crested Serpent Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle

 

Crested Serpent Eagle!

Crested Serpent Eagle!

 

Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite

The Faintail.. :D

The Faintail.. 😀

Birding at Pashan Lake (#2)

May 24, 2014 2 comments

It was time for a second visit to Pashan lake. Last time we reached there a bit late, around 7 am.. hence this time we ensured we reached there atleast by 6 am. Expectation was not much, as we had visited the place couple of weeks back.. but this trip yielded some one the best clicks till date!!

As soon as we started the trail, we are greeted by Plum headed parakeets. Low light conditions did not help as we could capture more of record pics. As we went ahead we saw few lap wings, prinias and bulbuls. Sachin noticed something on the ground, which I initially thought would be a lark but as I followed it, I found it to be White Throated Thrush!! Luckily I managed to get a record pic in the low light.. This time we walked right towards the end of the lake. I saw lot of sunbirds and when I was about to click one, I saw couple of house swallows!! For the 1st time I saw them sitting on a branch else all the time we see them flying around.. Walking further down we saw few moorhens, grey herons and egrets as expected. We also had a visitor.. mongoose 😀 and pretty huge one actually..

I was pretty satisfied already, thanks to swallows and the thrushs.. but the best part was yet to come. We got a lovely sight of a Lesser Pied Kingfisher, hovering over water, taking aim and hunting a fish..! Its only after it flew we realized we should have taken a video.. We again saw couple of these Lesser Pied Kingfishers playing in the air, but again there were to far to be captured. Then I noticed another Kingfisher sitting on a branch of a tree. It was against the light, hence I could not make out which Kingfisher it was. So I quietly went towards the other side of the tree.. and there it was. The beautiful Lesser Pied Kingfisher.

It stayed there for quite a while and we took pics to out hearts content. I guess I would keep visiting Pashan lake atleast once a month 😀

So here are birds we clicked this time..

 

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

 

Black Drongo

Black Drongo

 

Lesser Pied Kingfisher

Lesser Pied Kingfisher

 

Lesser Pied Kingfisher

Lesser Pied Kingfisher

 

Pied Bushchat

Pied Bushchat

 

Pied Bushchat

Pied Bushchat

 

Mongoose :D

Mongoose 😀

 

Red Wattled lapwing

Red Wattled lapwing

 

Purple Moorhen

Purple Moorhen

 

House Swallow

House Swallow

 

House Swallow

House Swallow

 

Orange Headed Thrush

Grey Heron

Grey Heron