Thursday, July 9, 2015

First Visit to Ameenpur Lake

All the time when I was in Hyderabad I never heard of this lake. in 2012 couple of my photographer friends posted some amazing photographs with tags of Ameenpur lake. On probing and Googling came to about the richness of this place. On one of my visit to Hyderabad in 2014 I visited Ameenpur lake.

Following are few images from my first visit to Ameenpur lake.

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
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Brahminy Kite
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Brown Rockchat
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Grey Heron in flight with catch
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Kentish Plover
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Little Ringed Plover in flight
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Pied Kingfisher
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Pied Kingfisher and Swallows in the background
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Red Avadavat
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River Tern
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River Tern female
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Wood Sandpiper
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Zitting Cisticola
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Need ID (type of Pipit)
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Blister Beetle
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jamnagar - The Birders Paradise

This was the last trip while I was in Vadodara. Whitout this trip my stay in Vadodara would have been incomplete.

Absolutly amazing place and a must visit for the birders specially for the shorebirds. Crab Plover and Pied Avocet were in list of must click birds since a while. I was lucky enough to get good clear shots.

Following are the spotting from the trip.

Black tailed Godwit
  Black Tailed Godwit

Common Pochard female
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Common Pochard Male

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Common Redshank
  Common Redshank

Crab Plover
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Greater Sand Plover
   Greater Sand Plover

Grey Heron in flight
  Grey Heron

Lesser Sand Plover in flight
  Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
   Lesser Sand Plover

Little Stint
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Mallard Male
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Northern Shoveler Male
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Northern Shoveler Male in flight
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Northern Shoveler Female in flight
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Pied Avocet
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Pied Avocet about to land
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Rudy Turnstone
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Slender Billed Gull
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Spot Billed Duck
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Tufted Duck Female
  Tuffted Duck male

Need ID (Type of Pipit)
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Western Reef Heron in white morph
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Need ID for this Crab
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Landscapes and Waterscapes

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trip to LRK - Little Rann of Kutch

LRK was one of the last trips while I was in Vadodara. This trip was also long pending. It was a road trip with 3 other friends.

We left Vadodara at around 3 AM and reached LRK by around 7:30AM after getting the permit and tickets, we started off with morning safari.

Following are the spotting from the morning safari:

Kentish Plover
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Common Kestrel Male

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MacQueen Bustered

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Shrike (need to confirm ID)

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Skys' Lark

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Wild Ass

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Desert Wheatear

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Northern Shoveler Male

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Terek Sandpiper

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River Tern

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Pallas's Gull

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Skyes's Nightjar

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Chestnut bellied Sandgrouse

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Short eared Owl

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Montagu Harrier Female

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Montangu Harrier male

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Montangu Harrier Female

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Marsh Harrier

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Overall it wasn't a very good trip considering number of species that we got to spot. We expected to spot wide range of eagles, falcons(spotted Marlin but couldn't get to shoot) and owls. We did spot some flamingos (both lesser and greater) but they were very far off the shore.