Monday, February 4, 2013

Vadhvana/Wadhwana/Wadhvana Eco camp/Wet Lands/Bird Sanctury - The mini Birds paradise

Vadhvana/Wadhavana is a small lake situated 50 kms form Vadodara. 150 kms from Ahmedabad. This is used as a small reservoir for agricultural in surrounding villages.

Its very well connected with motor able road. So one can drive there in vehicles. Following is the rough sketch of the directions to Vadhvana.

One can take State transport buses till near by Dabhoi town and take auto rickshaw from there to Vadhvana or take cool Narrow Gauge train till Vadhvana/Wadhvana village and hire an auto to the lake.

3rd alternative is to take train from Vadodara (Anand to Chota Udaipur) starts from Vadodara at 6:50Am and reaches Vadhvana by 8:00Am. From railways station its a kms walk or you can take an auto. For returning you can again take Train to Vadodara scheduled  12:45 and 18:00

Best season to visit this place is Nov starting  to Jan end. Nov is the time when migratory birds will start flying in. As many as 34 types of Migratory birds can be spotted over here. Right from Flamingos to Eurasian Wrynecks. Following are few of the birds that I managed to click at Vadhvana.

How Vadhvana looks in summers

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To start off with, a common sight at Vadhvana during migratory seasons.

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Sparrow lark


Syberian Stone Chat Female


Black Winged Stilts and Lesser egret


Brahminy Ducks or Rudy Shell Ducks in flight


Marsh Harrier in flight

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Black Headed Gull adult nonbreeding in flight




Common Coot


Cotton Pygmy Geese
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Take off of Brahminy Ducks or Rudy Shell Ducks

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Flight of Glossy Ibis

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Northern Shoveler in flight

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Couple of Pied Kingfishers

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White throated kingfisher


Eurasian Wryneck

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Couple of Stilts

Couple of Stilts at Vadhawana wet lands located 50kms from Vadodara

Pond Heron

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Purple Heron in flight

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Eurasian Wegion

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Olive Sunbird

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Osprey In flight
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On perch warning a crow
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Paddy field Pippit

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River Tren's slipped catch

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Northern Shoveler (Male) and Comb ducks Basking in Sun

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Northern Shoveler (Male and Female)

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Greater Egret waiting for prey

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Odd man out a mammal

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Red Headed Bunting (Female)

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Green Footed Green pigeon

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White Browed Bulbul

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Couple of Brahminy Starling

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Asian Koel (Male)

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Common Wagtail

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This Osprey is always there to welcome you at Vadhvana. This was only time when I saw so much of water at Vadhvana

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Copper Smit Barbet

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Asian Koel (Female)

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Indian Robin (Male)

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White Throated Kingfisher

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Red Headed Bunting (Male)

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Common Sparrow (Male)

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Common Sparrow (Female)

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Indian Open Bill

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Shikra feasting on a skink

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Ringed Plover

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Painted Snipe

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Comb Duck in flight

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Eurasian Spoonbill

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During summer almost whole lake dries up. This was in june we had to walk down to middle of the lake to spot birds.

Painted Stork, Glossy Ibis, Lesser Egret, Eurasian Spoon bill

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Grey heron, Spoon bills

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Painted Storks

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Pied Kingfisher

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White/Black headed ibis

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Grey Heron in flight

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Juv Greater Flamingo

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Booted Warbler

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Couple of Gereb

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White Wagtail

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Yellow Wagtail

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Orphean warbler

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana

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Red naped Ibis

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Wire Tailed Swallows

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Purple Moorhen

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Yellow crowned Woodpecker

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Shikra/Sparrow Hawk

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Bronze winged Jacana immature

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Bronze winged Jacana mature

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Small Minivet

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Commmon Pochard (Female)

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Long Tailed Shrike

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Grey Lag Goose

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River Tren

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A couple of Black Necked Storks

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Cormorant taking off

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Ringged Parakeet

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Common Blue Kingfisher

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Blue tailed Bee Eater

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Black Drongo

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Golden Oriole


Common Hawk-Cuckoo

Common Teal

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Honey eyed Buzzard

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Need to ID the following birds:

Red headed bunting (female) or some other bird

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A pair of Little Gerbe
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Sandpiper (Need ID confirmation)

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