Barha Reserve Forest is part of Mandla Division but practically is in confines of Jabalpur City. For us Jabalpur City offers good access to birding habitats all around.
Barha R.F is on the road to Bargi Dam from Jabalpur Mandla Road. One has to take a right turn from Gaur crossroad and go on straight past TFRI and turn left a little before Rani Durgawati Statue. The jungle road leads to Narrai Nala an enchanting brook on the Narrai stream. The road leads to Udaipur on Mandla Road and another road that goes right into Mandla Forests of Bijadandi has lot of forest cover.
We limit ourselves to in and around the Narrai Brook going right or left as mood suggests. On Sunday I was in company of Jagat Flora my regular birding companion, Ashok Sengupta a butterfly expert and Divanshu Phd. student at Zoological Survey of India, Jabalpur.
Barha is an interesting place for birding and springs surprises now and then. Hence when we came across Shama or White Rumped Shama it was an exciting moment. Jagat had seen the bird few days before but nevertheless he was after it to get an image. We saw many interesting birds and the checklists comprised of Indian Pitta, Stork Billed Kingfisher, Black Naped Monarch, Common Iora, Jungle Myna, Honey Buzzard, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Racket Tailed Drongo, Emerald Dove, Indian Cuckoo (Calls), Tickell's Flycatcher, Thick Billed Flowerpecker, Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Rufus Male), Black Headed Oriole and Puff Throated Babblers.
Thanks to Ashok Sengupta and Divanshu we were enlightened on many butterflies that fluttered past us and bugs that Mr. Divanshu is expert on.
Images of Birds Found At Barha R.F. Mandla/Jabalpur
Photo Credits Jagat Flora, Jabalpur
|Gray Headed Canary Flycatcher|
|Banded Bay Cuckoo|
|Crested Serpent Eagle (juv)|
|Stork Billed Kingfisher|
|Me Myself & Malcom|