Saturday, 21 January 2017

Kumbhalgarh & Udaipur camp report

OikoEssence conducted nature camp to Kumbhagarh Wildlife Sanctuary from 10th to 14th December, 2016. We visited birding area withing & near Udaipur such as pichola lake & minara lake.
Lots of Flamingos, Pelicans and Bar headed geese etc.

Kumbhalgarh fort makes you wonder. How they managed to built-up such huge and continuous walls at that time? The length of the wall is 36kms. It offers a spectacular view of Aravalli ranges.

The Kumbhagarh sanctuary is nearby the fort.Which is really beautiful. It gives a true feel aravalli range. We saw sambar deers, Spotted deers, Nilgai and of-course few birds.

Here are some photographs clicked during the camp
Indian Robin - Female
Common Coot

Bumbble Bee

Magpie Robin

Bronzed winged Zacana

Asian Koyal


Pondicherry, Vedanthangal and Pichavaram Camp

Vendantangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal is the oldest sanctuary in India. OikoEssence conducted a nature camp to Vedanthangal along with Pondicherry and Pichavaram - the second best Mangrove forest we have in India. Pondicherry has colonies that shows lovely french architechture. We also visited Archeological site of Mahabalipuram. Here is the list of birds that we sighted during our visit.

26 Dec 16

1. Little Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
2. White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola)
3. Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
4. White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
5. Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Spot billed Pelican
6. Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
7. Gadwall (Anas strepera)
8. Shikra (Accipiter badius)
9. Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda)
10. Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)
11. Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
12. Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
13. Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
14. Slender-billed Oriole (Oriolus tenuirostris)
15. Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)
16. Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
17. Indian Pond-heron (Ardeola grayii)
18. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Black headed Ibis
19. Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
20. Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
21. Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
22. Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
23. Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)
24. Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha)
25. Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
26. Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
27. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
28. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus Ibis coromandus)
29. Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Jungle Babbler
30. Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
31. Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)
32. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
33. Grey-headed Starling (Sturnia malabarica)
34. Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
35. Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
36. European Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)

37. Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata)
38. Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis)
39. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
40. Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)
41. Asian Palm-swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis)

27 Dec 16
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest - Boat ride
1. Eastern Jungle Crow (Corvus (macrorynchos) levaillantii)
2. House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Black crowned Night Heron
3. Asian Palm-swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis)
4. Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)
5. Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis)
6. Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea)

7. Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
8. Eurasian Collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
9. Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
10. Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
11. Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
12. Indian Pond-heron (Ardeola grayii)
13. Great Egret (Egretta alba)
14. Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
15. Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)
16. Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Potter Wasp Nest

Pondicherry Church