Sukhna Dam-A Birder’s Paradise

Around 25km from Aurangabad,is a location i have  been planning to visit since my last two holidays.

Known among the birders and photographers for its potential for the respective fields,the dam is around 25mins of journey from the town.

I took around 174 shots out which less than 20 are presentable..highlight of the trip was sighting of bar headed goose and flamingos-winter visitors to this area.Just beautiful birds!

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Flamingos with a painted stork

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Don’t I always say that you can follow a lot of bird activity right from your window?Here’s a barn owl thats been visiting my hostel for some days now..first pic is from my camera and the other one from google.

As a friend of mine would like to say,

Happy Birding,

P.S.: This reminds me of Hogwarts..Hedwig,the snowy owl..I was such a fan of Harry Potter series …and Incidentally, i finished my ‘muggle- O.W.Ls’ today… 😀

Urban Birds-A Brief Database

A few more words:
What you see in this post is an attempt at creating a brief database of my bird sightings. This database is meant to help in quick identification of some fairly commonly found birds,based on the pictures and distinguishing characteristic features(wherever mentioned).I have refrained from giving out detailed description regarding shape,plumage color,sound calls,feeding habits,usual habitations etc as it would have taken me forever to include all that info.Referring afield guide is the best recommendation in that context.


But let me state that barring 12 cases,all of these 65 bird sightings havetaken place from my bedroom window or hostel window & CoEP Boat Club at Aurangabad and Pune respectively.One of the intentions behind creating this database is to bring to light the fact that one can witness a large variety of birds even in an urban setting,without having to go specially outdoors.(though nobody has asked me to prove it as such..)

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