Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sewri Dec 2007

Sewri 29th Dec2007 8:00AM

The high tide was at 3:25am and low tide at 10:00 am

So when I went the water was already out. The flamingoes could be seen long away near the water line. Others who had come around 1hr before could see around 1000Flamingoes flying.

Little Egret (Closeup)

Little Stint

Oriental White Ibis

White Wagtail

Common Sandpiper

Eurasian Curlew

Gull Billed Tern

Brown Headed Gull

Common Redshank

Bird List

1) Common Sandpiper
2) Little Stint
3) Common Redshank
4) Common Greenshank
5) Grey Plover
6) Little ringed Plover
7) Terek Sandpiper
8) Eurasian Curlew
9) Common kingfisher
10) White throated kingfisher
11) Pond heron
12) Little Heron
13) Gull billed tern
14) Caspian tern (1 being chased by gulls)
15) Brown headed Gulls
16) Black headed Gulls
17) Lesser Flamingoes
18) Brahminy Kites
19) Lesser Sandplovers
20) Grey Heron
21) Western Reef Egret
22) White Wagtail
23) Barn Swallow
24) Oriental White Ibis

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Khargar Hills Dec 2007

Started from main gate at around 7:30AM (Myself, my dad and Dr. Saurabh)
Immediately on the left there is a path going towards to top of the hill.
We went half way up.
2 shikras were calling and one shikra went flying above us 2-3 times.
We also saw purple sunbirds, ashy drongo, bulbuls and male-female Ioras.

Coming back to the main road we started walking towards the top.
Some way ahead saw a pair of yellow eyed babblers, Plain prinia, India robin male and female and around 8-10 Jungle bush quails.

A little ahead we encountered a group of 7-8 Jungle babblers.

The shikra was seen lot of times flying over the head.

Montagu's Harrier

Indian Silverbill

Booted Eagle Dark Morph

Red Munia (Male)

Red Munia (Female)

Purple Sunbird (Eclipse)

Common Buzzard

Dusky Crag Martin


Black Kite

Blue rock Thrush


Bird List
1) Purple Sunbird
2) Purple rumped sunbirds
3) Red whiskered Bulbul
4) Red vented bulbul
5) Jungle babblers
6) Red Munia
7) Indian Silverbill
8) Scally breasted Munia
9) Pied Starling
10) Shikra
11) Booted Eagle (Dark Morph)
12) Montagu's Harrier
13) Jungle Bush Quail
14) Yellow eyed Babbler
15) Plain prinia
16) Ashy Prinia
17) Common Chiffchaf
18) Magpie robin
19) Indian Robin
20) Barn Swallow
21) Dusky crag Martin
22) Black kite
23) Tailor bird
24) Ashy Drongo
25) Common Iora
26) Blue rock thrush

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Karnala and Uran Dec 2007

At 7:45 started from Karnala main gate.

Walking ahead the first right is the Hariyal trail.
At the corner on the turn on the Hariyal trail in the right side bushes we noticed a lot of activitiy.
There was an Ashy drongo and a few Brown cheeked fulvetta or the Quacker Babblers.
Few purple sunbirds were flying around.

Going ahead in the open area on the tree there were
4-5 pompadour green pigeons males and females basking in the sun.

Males have a maroon on the
wings while these are missing on the female.

Pompadour Green Pigeon (Female)

Pompodour Green Pigeon (Male)

While observing the green pigeons a smaller birds came and sat on the tree in front of it.
It was the beautiful and colorful small minivet male with the female.

Small Minivet

Also there were many chestnut shouldered petronias or the yellow throated sparrows.

Chestnut shouldered Petronia

While observing the small minivet and green pigeons in the thick follage behind us someone observed the vey beautiful
male white morph of the paradise flycatcher and while watching it there came the black hooded oriole.

Asian Paradise flycatcher (Record shot)

A little ahead a common woodshrike came and sat in a small leafless bush in the front. It looked as if it was trying to collect dry leaves.

Common Woodshrike

A little ahead on a tree there were 2 Gold fronted chloropsis and common woodshrikes.
Gold fronted Chloropsis

2 raptors were observed flying high and little away.
Then they came near and were identified as the Oriental Honey Buzzard.

Oriental Honey Buzzard

We heard a drongo like call but it turned out to be a Shikra.


Also saw a glimpse of the Tree pie, Eurasian black bird and mostly a Cuckoo shrike.

There were a fewer flowers now in the forest ground but these are a few i got.
(It would be great if someone could id them)

There were also Giant wood spiders all over the place.
Giant wood spider

From there we went ahead to Uran as Adesh had reported that both Lesser and Greater Flamingoes have arrived and the brahminy shelducks. We could see them as well as the other waders were
Grey heron
Purple heron
Lesser sand plovers
Little stints
Common snipes
Norther shoveller

Flamingo scape