Monday, January 21, 2008

2008 Jan IIT Mumbai

20th Jan 2008.
Met at IIT main gate at 7:30am.

Walking on the main road took the first left towards the lake.

The lake was full of water. In the water there were India cormorants, Coots, a pair of Cotton pygmy goose and a pair of little Grebes.
Also on the Periphery of the lake were bronze winged jacana, Pheasant tailed jacana (non-breeding plumage), Purple swamphens, Little egrets and Purple herons.

A small blue kingfisher gave us good views sitting on a boat close by and showing acrobatics by hovering for sometime over the water.

There were lot of barn swallows and palm swifts flying around.

Waiting for a few hours we moved ahead towards the boating club shade.
Enroute we encountered Pied starlings, a flock of flying chestnut tailed starlings, Eurasian golden oriole, Paradise flycatcher juvenile male, Black headed cuckoo shrike, Common Ioras, a shikra, red vented and red whiskered bulbuls.

Also saw got a good view of blue tailed beeter.

Reaching at the club house there was a treat awaiting as on the blue poles in the water in the front of us were different species of birds sitting on each pole for id parade ..:-)
There was a Siberian stonechat female, black drongo, White breasted kingfisher, Indian cormorant, little cormorant, at the base of it a purple heron, Marsh harrier and a whishered tern. Later on an osprey came and sat there to enjoy its prey.

Purple swamphen

Small blue kingfisher

Paddyfield warbler

Ashy Prinia

Paradise flycatcher (Juv male)

Pied starling

Blue tailed bee eater


Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Pond heron in flight

Pond Heron

Little Cormorant

Intermediate egret

Bird List
1) Little egret
2) Intermediate Egret
3) Pond Heron
4) Purple Heron
5) Small blue kingfisher
6) White throated kingfisher
7) Purple swamphen
8) Bronze winged jacana
9) Pheasant tailed Jacana
10) Common coot
11) Indian cormorant
12) Little Cormorant
13) Little Grebe
14) Cotton pygmy goose
15) Whiskered tern
16) Little tern
17) Gull billed tern
18) Osprey
19) Marsh Harrier
20) Black drongo
21) Eurasian Golden Oriole
22) Common Iora
23) Red vented bulbul
24) Red whiskered bulbul
25) Black headed cuckoo shrike
26) Fantail flycatcher
27) Paradise flycatcher (juv male)
28) Paddyfield warbler
29) Long tailed shrike
30) Ashy prinia
31) Plain prinia
32) Barn swallow
33) Wire tailed swallow
34) Bharadwaj
35) Koel
36) Magpie robin
37) Purple rumped sunbird
38) Purple sunbird
39) Spotted dove
40) Siberian stone chat
41) Red wattled lapwing
42) Blue tailed bee eater
43) Green bee eater
44) Greenish leaf warbler
45) Black kite
46) Black eared kite

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