I took the road that leads to Narmada River. I went along the way that reaches the banks of the river. I did not go to the banks but restircted myself to the road. Below is the cehceklist of bird I saw:
Green Sand Piper
Common Chiff Chaff
Black Winged Stilts
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Red Wattled Lapwing
Nakta or CompDuck
Lesser Whistling Teal
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Ringed Rose Parakeet
Wire Tailed Swallow
White Throated Kingfisher
Black Winged Kite
Bronze Winged Jacana
As usual this was a short birding trip and wanted to score the banks but fell short of time die to a pressing engagement with a client. Well more to come.
We went to Barha Reserve Forest for early morning birding. In the company were a group of amateur nature photographers. It is encouraging to see people indulge in nature photography which is a healthy sport. They were young and excited to accompany a birder for a birding session and photography.
In this foggy and cold morning and We could see:
Streak Throated Swallows Red Wattled Lapwing Oriental Turtle Dove Tailor Bird (Call) Black Headed Oriole Verditor Flycatcher Black Nape Monarch Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher Striated Heron Barn Swallows Plain Martin Rufus Treepie Racket Tailed Drongo Black Drongo Greenish Warbler Hume's Warbler (Calls) Common Kingfisher Pied Kingfisher White Throated Kingfisher Black Rumped Flameback Grey Hornbill Crested Serpent Eagle Common Kestrel
Shikra Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Black Ibis Pond Heron
Little Cormorant Jungle Babbler Black Lored Tit (Calls) Great Tit Grey Wagtail Brown Cheeked Fulvetta (Calls) Rose Ringed Parakeet Plum Headed Parakeet Green Pigeon (Calls) Spotted Dove (Calls) Laughing Dove Long Tailed Shrike Red Kite Magpie Robin Indian Robin
Brown Headed Barbet (Calls) Crimson Breasted Barbett (Coppersmith) (Calls)
This was a short two hour trip but we are planning to go for a long trip another Sunday. The long trip should result in much greater checklist with some exciting species.
Birding in India is popular among inbound tourists to popular birding spots. There is a goldmine of birding destinations in India yet to be explored. Very little work has been done in these destinations that promise exciting discoveries or better understanding of avian distribution in India.
Birding in India is a commercial venture organized by many tour companies. Birding as hobby has yet to increase to a higher level of involvement. The reasons could be popularity of wildlife and bird photography, cost of optics and perhaps lack of encouragement etc.
Nevertheless people are becoming aware of the avian friends in the neighborhood all over the country.
I have visited many places in Central India that offer good birding potential but have yet to be explored.
Pachmarhi = High altitude variation, diverse flora, cold climate. Satpura Tiger Reserve = Large Reservoir, Dense Forest Canopy Altitude Variation. Amarkantak = High altitude variation, diverse flora, cold climate.
Nauradehi WLS = Dry Deciduous Forest, Grasslands, Scrub and Fields. Kanha National Park - Tiger Reserve Bandhavgarh National Park - Tiger Reserve Pench National Park - Tiger Reserve
Geographical position of Central India makes in ideal to score for taxa from different regions of India and migrants. Organized and guided bird watching in Madhya Pradesh is the best option. Though not in regular birding path the expedition would be rewarding.
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