Indian pond heron

The Indian pond heron or paddybird (Ardeola grayii) is a small heron. This shallow aquatic habitat bird, sometimes lives at fresh, salt, natural or human made aquatic places. It prefers places like very shallow, non-flowing or slowly flowing aquatic regions. The Indian Pond Heron prefer marshy wetlands as their feeding habitat. Size of Indian pond heron is between 40 cm to 50 cm including tail. Wingspan is between 70 cm to 90 cm.

Oriental magpie-robin

The oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis) is a distinctive black and white bird with a long tail that is held upright as they forage on the ground or perch conspicuously. The Oriental Magpie Robin is found in open woodland, cultivated areas often close to human habitations. They prefer open areas such as mangroves, gardens, cultivated areas. They are not found in the deep forest. Oriental Magpie-Robin feeds mainly on insects caught on the ground, and also flower nectar. It also consumes earthworms, snails, small lizards and some plant matter.

Feathered Friends – VII

Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (Juvenile)
Great Black-backed Gull (Juvenile)
Great Black-backed Gulls (Juvenile)
A Herring Gull in flight
Herring Gull
Red-billed Gull
A Herring Gull in flight
Indian Pond Heron
Indian Pond Heron
Sandpiper
Sandpiper
Sandpiper
Sandpiper

Purple Sunbird
Purple Sunbird
Purple Sunbird
Rose ringed Parakeet
Rose ringed Parakeet
Rose ringed Parakeet
Rose ringed Parakeet
Rose ringed Parakeet
Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver
A pair of Baya Weavers
Baya Weavers
Purple Sunbird
Purple Sunbird
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Long-tailed Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Black Kite

Herring Gull
Herring Gull

Thane Flamingo Sanctuary

These wading wonders were clicked at the Thane Flamingo Sanctuary. The Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary lies along the western banks of the Thane Creek, which is an inlet of the Arabian Sea. It was declared a sanctuary by the Maharashtra Government in 2015. These mudflats attract flamingoes from the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat in large numbers between the months of November and May. Some of the other birds that can be spotted here are the black-headed Ibis, Oriental Stork, Caspian Terns and Ospreys to name a few. The easiest way to reach the sanctuary is through the Airoli Vashi Bridge.

Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer (Scientific Name: Axis axis) is a species of deer found in the Indian subcontinent, which is locally known as Cheetal. Males are larger than females and antlers are present only on males. Male deer reach about 90 cm and female up to 70 cm at the shoulder. Males may weigh 30-75 kg and females weigh up to 25-45 kg. The upper parts are golden completely covered in white spots. The abdomen, rump, throat, insides of legs, ears and tail are all white. The three-pronged antlers are about 1m long.

The natural habitat of the Cheetal deer comprises of open wood land in grassy areas. They prefer to live near rivers and other sources of water. They are found living in small herds of 20 to 30 animals

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