Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kuntala Waterfalls-Birding,drive and Green visit.

 

After first successful venture of exploring Telangana location,planned our second one-Kuntala Waterfalls in Adilabad.

Travel Details

Distance –270kms

Started –6.10am

Stoppage-4(One for breakfast at Sony International Family Dhaba absolutely wonderful place,nice ,clean and kids friendly)

Time Taken-4 and half our(reached at 11)

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My blog is taking another turn and sounding like travel blog all these days,started with green visits in Bangalore connecting with nature.Later Birding wing joined in,let’s see what more we explore in the process.The Kuntala Waterfalls journey was very smooth following NAGPUR highway ,hardly any traffic on the way,must say very well maintained .As suggested Sony International Family Dhabha is perfect place for food break,it is better to get lunch packed from here itself which we realised later.

 

Clicks of the trips

Two Shades in one Tree

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Birding Diaries

During the trip seen White throated Kingfisher,Indian roller,Drongo,Bee eater,Bushchat,Asian openbill,Egret,Indian pond Heron,Pipit,Ashy Prinia,Purple rumped Sunbird,Wagtail,Pigeon,Common Myna.

Drongo Relaxing on fence

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Pied Bushchat Female

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Long Nagpur Highway-Mountains,dense forest and lakes in between.

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Farms

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Plucking cotton as souvenirs of trip

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Closer look of Cotton blooms

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Other side of Waterfall,surrounded by Mountains and dense forest

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Kids relaxing n enjoying under waterfall medium flow

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Wagtail

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Finally got one Indian roller click,lots of them on the way

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Time to wind up day and trip….Sunset in moving car.

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Cheers

Ashu

 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Winter birding-Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Finally after four months of settling to new place ,started what we love to do always….birding,drive and exploration.

Welcome to Telangana green visits.Started exploring google knowledge for Wildlife Sanctuaries around the state,came across nearest one as Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary and Pocharam Wildlife Sanactuary.The Manjira wildlife Sanctuary is just 100 plus kms,so made plan to go for weekend long drive .

Distance-103kms

Started—6.30am

Time taken –2 hrs and half

Stoppage-3(one for breakfast and two for clicking-would like to suggest to carry your own food beacuse very rare food joint available)

On the way beautiful river view ,of course full flow ..thanks to over flooded Monsoons this year.

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After giving stoppage and clicking pictures at this point(probably Manjira river) continued our search for Manjira Wildlife Sanctuary followed the google maps.

But to our disappointment  there was no place like this,although a beautiful Church in Medak very close to this location.Since we had in mind to cover two sanctuaries moved towards Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary without any further delay.

First we went to Pocharam Dam which is scenic and serene.

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Birding @ Pocharam Dam-Jacobian Cuckoo(Earlier seen it in Bangalore during Monsoon)

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Flock of Cormonants

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Pocharam Deers Breeding Centre

There is deer breeding centre in Pocharam which conducts Safari for visitor ,very enjoyable for kids .

 

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Male Peacock

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Samba

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Deers

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Frog

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Birding at Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary

Drongo

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Shirke

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Black Shouldered Kite

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Safar….Safar khoobsoorat hai manzil se bhi(Hindi),So

Overall journey and was smooth,although we could catch only single sanctuary it was satisfying and enjoyable experience.

 

Cheers

Ashu

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Summer birding Continues-Day 2

 

After experiencing fruitful expedition of summer birding,planned and roll it to day 2.It was cloudy day which was again adding factor to our spirits.We started at 3 in the afternoon from home ,first purchase done for birding cum picnic.Then we moved to our regular destination.

 

Special Clicks of the day 2

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Indian roller flying

 

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Paddy field Pipit

 

Pied Kingfisher

Finally got click of Pied Kingfisher with its catch(see fish in beak)

 

Spotted Owlet 1

Bigger picture Spotted Owl-Beautiful Eyes.

 

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Footprints of Birds or Animal??

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Got to see full Brahminy Kite family.

 

Shikra

And ended with sight of Shikra.

So yet again great birding session in summer.

 

Cheers

Ashu

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer birding Can be Rewarding-Day 1

 

Mercury seems to rising all time high in Bangalore this summer,for past twelve years I have never seen such a hot March –April.I guess global warming is culprit,swing in deforestation activities around the city surely adding to current situation,in the name of development .Even weather is not sparing the outskirts where green belts charm is ineffective nowadays.

Brahminy flying over sunset

 

My main concern at current moment ,extreme summer leads to flying creatures invisible during the season.Luckily impromptu birding one evening turned out to be favorable and fruitful.

Expedition started with sight of Pied Kingfisher(seen first time) ,missed chance to capture it.Nevertheless other attraction of the day -

  • Wagtails
  • Greater Coucal
  • swallows
  • Crows
  • Cattle Egrets
  • Red wattled Lapwing
  • Cormorants
  • Common Coot
  • Sunbird
  • Rose ringed parakeet
  • Red vented Bulbul
  • White throated Kingfisher

One of surprise of trip was black headed Cuckoo Shirke which were in  flock of 15-20….

Black headed cuckoo Shirke

 

Brahminy hovering around the place and hunting down the fishes which we witnessed for around one hour,may be big family to support.I could capture brahminy in beautiful picturesque frame during sunset!! (First pic in blog)

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Second was divine Sunset @ the place,fortunate to get awesome click-

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And last icing on the cake was glimpse of spotted Owl,spotted it by just its dark shadow Bingo!!

 

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Sharing some more Sunset moment of the day,unquestionably this was one peaceful sunset I lived!!

 

Cheers

Ashu

 

 

 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Birding and Nature Diary @Horsley Hills

 

Life feels like blessing,when you wake up to the chirping of birds(not alram clocks)and sensation of fresh air which clear all your worries of mind & heart.

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I’m yet to overcome from the chirping of birds which enjoyed for two days.Although I was late to bed(say by 4am partying under moonlight has its own charm) during vacation ,still it was so much excitement to get up by 6am.And delighted to share my pictures ,I was really lucky  to get good clicks in the morning of BIRDS.So here I comes with my clicks and bird list.

I feel proud and overjoyed to add three new additions to my current birding list-

StarFirst one is Indian Treepie,initially I had impression that there is Coucal around because of her coop coop sound …later I could figure it out ,when I saw and luckily could click it too.I hope to get better zooming lens for closer shots.

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Indian Treepie

StarSecond ofcourse is reward of the trip(because Treepie I have seen earlier,but failed to click it)- Indian Pitta which is vibrant colorful bird,I got to see in the early hours of day.It was very smooth click without any struggle.

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Indian Pitta

 

StarThird one is…

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Verdict Flycatcher-Again far away shot…guess some big zooming lens required.

 

 Rest of Birds

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Red vented Bulbul

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Plain Prinia

 

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Bushchat Male

 

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Jungle Babbler-Lots of babblers were around.

 

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Red whiskered Bulbul

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Sunbird

 

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Oriental White Eye

 

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Magpie Robin

In total saw three Hoopoe but not a single shot..Sad smile

 

For me travel is now synonyms with birding.

 

Sunset Beauty

 

There is no doubt that hill stations are one best places to witness Sunset and sunrise,wrapped with those

special vibes of day.

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Magic of Spring Collection-

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Hope you had great time enjoying nature’s beauty.

Thank you.

 

Cheers

Ashu

 

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