Bird Watching Trip to Bhigwan & Mayureswar

Bhigwan is a small dusty town located on the Pune Solapur highway. The distance from Pune to Bhigwan is 100 kms. The nearest town is Baramati which is 27 kms. The major birdwatching points are Kumbhargaon and Diksal on the periphery of the catchment area of the Ujani dam built on the Bhima River. Kumbhargaon is aptly called as the Bharatpur of Maharashtra. During winter season this area hosts large variety of migratory birds.

Boating services are available from “Agnipankha Flamingo Birding Point” managed by Mr. Sandip Nagare (Contact no. 0996061065/8975017405). Mr. Nagare also arrange for the stay and food at Kumbhargaon for bird enthusiasts. It is an excellent place to try the home made food and also fresh fish from the backwaters. His competent guides can take you in their boats to the major points where you can observe flamingos and other water birds. The guide who accompanied us during our visit was very cooperative and was patient enough to wait for us to take the photographs of the birds and was very helpful in identifying the birds. You need to make advance bookings for accommodation during weekends as they have very limited facilities available in the village. Alternatively you can get accommodation in Baramati which is 27 kms from Kumbhargaon where there are many decent hotels available. The best time to visit this area is from December to March.

During our visit we could spot a variety of birds like Greater Flamingos, Painted Stork, Open Billed Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Cormorants, Black Headed Gulls, Purple Heron, Rudy Shelduck, Wooly Necked Stork, King Fisher etc. etc.

Sunset Near Pune on the way to Bhigwan
Sunset Near Pune on the way to Bhigwan
Flamingos
Flamingos

Flamingos 5

Flamingos 6

Flamingos 7

Flamingos 8

Flamingos 9

Flamingos 10

Flamingos 11

Flamingos 12

Flamingos 13

Flamingos 14

Flamingos 15

Flamingos 16

Flamingos 17

Flamingos on Flight

Flamingos

Flamingos2

Flamingos3

Flamingos on Flight 77
Sunrise at bhigwan

Painted Stork
Painted Stork

Painted stork 2

Painted stork 3

Painted stork

Black Headed Ibis
Black Headed Ibis

Black Headed Ibis 1

Black Headed Ibis

Black Ibis
Black Ibis

Black Ibis on flight

Spoonbill Spoonbill

Spoon Bill (2)

Spoon Bill (3)

Spoon Bill (4)

Open Beak Stork
Open Beak Stork

Open Beak Stork 2

Open Beak Stork

Open Beak Stork 22

Open Beak Stork 23

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Grey Heron (2)

Grey Heron (3)

Grey Heron (4)

Pond Heron
Pond Heron

Pond Heron (2)

Egret
Egret

Egret (2)

Egret (3)

Egret (4)

Egret (5)

Egret (6)

Egret (7)

Egret (8)

Egret (9)

Drongo
Drongo

Drongo (2)

Bee Eater
Bee Eater

Bee Eater (2)

Bee Eater (3)

Cormorant
Cormorant

Cormorant (2)

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck

Rudy Shelduck (2)

White Breasted Kingfisher (1)

White Breasted Kingfisher (2)

Osprey on flight
Osprey on flight
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Red Wattled Lapwing
Red Wattled Lapwing
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Yellow Wattled Lapwing

Ducks, Terns Etc.

Ducks & Terns (1)

Ducks & Terns (2)

Ducks & Terns (3)

Ducks & Terns (4)

Ducks & Terns (5)

Ducks & Terns (6)

Ducks & Terns (7)

Ducks & Terns (8)

Ducks & Terns (9)

Ducks & Terns (10)

Ducks & Terns (11)

Ducks & Terns (12)

Ducks & Terns (13)

Ducks & Terns (14)

Ducks & Terns (15)

Ducks & Terns (16)

Ducks & Terns (17)

Ducks & Terns (18)

more (1)

more (2)

more (3)

more (4)

Mayreswar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Supe village in Baramti Tehsil, in Pune District. It is 40 Kms from Baramti town and 74 Kms from Pune. The forest department office at the entrance will issue the entry pass and vehicle pass. They are also supposed to provide a guide but unfortunately when we reached at the gate in the early morning there was no guides available. The entrance fee is Rs. 30/- per person and the vehicle entrance fee is Rs. 100/- per vehicle. Camera charges Rs.50/-.

There are around 125 Chinkaras in the sanctuary and sighting is almost guaranteed. There are few observation towers, where you can wait for the Chinkaras. This sanctuary is home to many bird species as well.

Chinkara
Chinkara

Chinkara (2)

Brahmini Myna
Brahmini Myna

Brahmini Myna (2)

Brahmini Myna (3)

Parrot
Parrot
This wonderful sunrise on the way to Mayureswar
This wonderful sunrise on the way to Mayureswar
Cucoo
Cucoo

Parrot twin (1)

Parrot twin (2)

Shrikes, Robin Etc. Etc.

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (1)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (2)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (3)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (4)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (5)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (6)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (7)

Shrikes Robin @ other birds (8)

Kite
Kite

Kite

Others (1)

Others (2)

Others (3)

Others (4)

Others (5)

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