28 February 2016

Birds of Mumbai and some more

Last few years I have been trying to do some bird watching. This all started when I acquired a superzoom camera with 21x optical zoom and later with a Nikon P600 Coolpix which has a staggering 60x optical zoom. Since I couldn't identify many birds I would do a google search of common birds and try to match the photo with the search results. Later, I bought a book from the Flora Fountain footpath, Birds of Mumbai by Sunjoy Monga. The book helped me identify most of the birds easily. The following are the birds that I have spotted, mostly in Mumbai, and elsewhere:-

Little Cormorant - Bhandup Pumping Station
Indian Cormorant - Bhandup Pumping Station
Indian Pond Heron - Bhandup Pumping Station, Backbay, Sagar Upvan
Cattle Egret - Bhandup Pumping Station, Sagar Upvan
Little Egret - Bhandup Pumping Station
Great Egret - Bhandup Pumping Station, Sewri Mudflats
Black Egret - Murud
Painted Stork (in flight) - Bhandup Pumping Station
Eurasian Spoonbill (in flight) - Bhandup Pumping Station
Black Headed Ibis - Sewri Mudflats
Greater Flamingo - Sewri Mudflats
Lesser Flamingo -  Sewri Mudflats
Spot Billed Duck - Bhandup Pumping Station
Garganey - Bhandup Pumping Station
Brahminy Kite - Ashtamudi Backwaters (Kerala)
Common Redshank - Backbay
Common Sandpiper - Backbay, Bhandup Pumping Station
Black Winged Stilt - Bhandup Pumping Station
Pied Avocet - Little Rann of Kutch (Gujarat)
Brown Headed Gull - Gateway of India, Vashi Bridge, Sagar Upvan, Backbay
Common Kingfisher - Backbay
White throated Kingfisher - Bhandup Pumping Station
White Wagtail - Lothal (Gujarat)
Black Wagtail - Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore
Oriental Turtle Dove - Lothal (Gujarat)
Rufous Tree Pie - Trivandrum (Kerala), Ghaziabad (UP)
Red Whiskered Bulbul - Bhandup Pumping Station
Jungle Babbler - Neyyar Dam (Kerala)
Loten's Sunbird - Neyyar Dam (Kerala)
Oriental White Eye - Mattupetty Dam (Kerala)
Red Wattled Lapwing - Bhandup Pumping Station
Black Drongo - Bhandup Pumping Station
Greater Coucal - Willingdon Island, Cochin (Kerala)
Blue faced Malkoha - Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore (Karnataka)
Asian Palm Swift - Bhandup Pumping Station
Green Bee Eater - Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore (Karnataka)
Common Hoopoe - Paro (Bhutan)
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Bhandup Pumping Station
Bay Backed Shrike - Bhandup Pumping Station
Asian Pied Starling - Bhandup Pumping Station
Red vented Bulbul - Colaba, Bhandup Pumping Station
Plain Prinia - Bhandup Pumping Station
Ashy Prinia - Bhandup Pumping Station
Baya WeaverBannerghatta National Park, Bangalore (Karnataka)
Scaly Breasted Munia - Bhandup Pumping Station
Black Kite - Numerous locations
Barn Owl - Colaba
Common Crane - Little Rann of Kutch
Montagu's Harrier - Little Rann of Kutch
Pallid Harrier - Little of Rann of Kutch
Oriental Magpie Robin - Numerous locations
Rose ringed Parakeet - Numerous locations
Rock Pigeon, House Crow, House Sparrow, Common Myna - numerous locations

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