Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016-10-08 Bhandup Pumping Station

Last time had gone a month back to BPS when it was raining a lot.

Blue tailed beeeaters were still there, weaver activity had slowed down though there were a lot of weavers every where and migratory species were back.

Some bird activity in terms of regulars like White cheeked bulbul, cattle egret, yellow eyed babbler, sandpiper, painted storks, glossy ibis, pied crested cuckoo, red munia and ofcourse blue tailed beeeaters.
Cattle Egret

White Cheeked Bulbul

Blue tailed Beeeater

Painted Stork

Long Tailed Shrike

Blue Tailed Beeeater

Blue Tailed Beeeater

There was also a lot of butterfly activity and flowers.
Stripped Tiger

Grey Pansy

Darp Tulas (Hyptis suaveolens)

In migratory there were whiskered terns, river terns, marsh harrier and gull billed terns

Got some very nice cloud formations and sunset.

And after sunset before getting dark got to see the display of 100s of blue tailed beeeaters.

2016-09-25 Talawe

Sudden heavy continuous showers for a week had put off all birding plans on the weekend.

2 of my friends had come to my place to just have a chat post lunch and around 3.30pm it was quite bright with some sun rays shining and we decided impromptu to do a quick trip to Talawe.
They were ofcourse not prepared in terms of binoculars and camera but I had an extra pair of binoculars and started.

As we parked the car on the side of palm beach road and started to move down the path we started to hear the usual ashy and plain prinias.
Grass had grown very high, there were some flowers and butterflies too.
Ashy Prinia

On the wet land on the left there were again the usual suspects the Eurasian Curlew, Common Greenshanks, Common Redshanks and whiskered terns.
Eursian Curlew, Common Greenshank, Common Redshank and Whiskered Tern

Eurasian Curlew

Pure white in color with a very long neck moving too and fro in the very back of wetlands gave a feeling of a white cloth hanging on a stick but it was a Great Egret :-)
Great Egret

Red and Black headed munias were conspicuously missing from the scene though saw a few red munias flying overhead. Scaly breasted munia gave some good view.
Scaly Breasted Munia

The narrow path with bushes on both sides had lot of darters and damselflies.

A beautiful fresh common leopard butterfly with these gave me good time to take some shots.
Common Leopard

A little ahead green beeeaters were busy catching flies.
Green Beeeater

On the farash tree the long tailed shrike was busy claiming its terrotory calling out aloud.
Long Tailed Shrike


In the pond on the right 2 spot billed ducks were swimming around.
Spot Billed Duck

On the high plateau the baya weavers were busy going to and from the nests but they were quite inside.

The sun was already ready to set and finally from here we decide to call it a day and decided come back soon to observe some nice butterflies and birds.