Birds

  • Brahminy Kite

    Brahminy Kite

    The Goa Project Brahminy Kite, in glorious flight. Saturday morning, off the Cortalim Jetty, we were boating along the river side. On a dried up tree, we saw this Kite perched. It was quite comfortable with our presence and allowed us to take a bunch of shots. We were just about wrapping up after taking a dozen odd shots when the…



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  • Paddyfield Pipit

    Paddyfield Pipit

    The Sinhagad Valley Project For this financial year’s last birding session, we chose Sinhagad Valley 🙂 The pre-sunrise session began with the Paddyfield Pipit – they ventured close and offered some nice frames in the soft light. Once the sun came up, the place gets really hot now. It’s mostly dry and brown, with very little water around. The Brahminy Mynas…



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  • Black Drongo

    Black Drongo

    The Padle Gaon Project Black Drongos are not uncommon. This fork-tailed bird is also called “Kotwal” locally. Drongos are aggressive birds, mostly unafraid of larger birds of prey. It was been written that Drongos are attracted to burning grasslands. And that they feed on the insects that are disturbed by the fire and smoke. That rings true, since a few…



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  • Red Munia

    Red Munia

    The Padle Gaon Project We went back to Padle Gaon this Saturday. And met the Red Munias. These lovely birds move in flocks of 15-20 and hop from shrub to shrub on open grasslands. The breeding male is a startling red in colour with white spotting. While the females are duller with less of the spotting. The Munias were shy…



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  • Black Kite

    Black Kite

    The Padle Gaon Project The Black Kite: a commonplace sight in Mumbai. Yet the same Black Kite looked surprisingly more inspiring in Padle Gaon. I guess the environment does it. After all, which bird ever looked awesome sitting on a heap of garbage? The Kites spent a lot of time on this particular tree in Padle Gaon. Given there was…



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  • Common Sandpiper

    Common Sandpiper

    The Padle Gaon Project The Padle Gaon stretch post the grassland is presently witnessing large scale digging. Whether legal or not is unknown. The trucks have made motorable tracks on the mud. Along the tracks are small pools of water, besides the creek inlet. Well, this little Sandpiper was merrily enjoying one such pool. The light source was behind the…



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  • Black Kite

    Black Kite

    The Padle Gaon Project Our maiden visit to Padle Gaon proved to be quite something. Given our unfamiliarity with the place, we started rather early. Our directions and Google Maps both proved to be precise. We drove through Padle Gaon, into Mothi Desai Village Park. It turned out to be a dark clump of trees. We drove through and reached…



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  • Painted Stork

    Painted Stork

    The Talawe Project Last Sunday, we skipped going to Sinhagad, our favourite birding destination and decided to try Talawe instead. The Sun, rising from behind the NRI complex made it rather tough to shoot the birds on the water. The entire trek was rather starved in terms of variety. Some kingfishers, pond herons, terns, a grey heron, egrets – the…



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