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

2 comments:

Varuna Verma said...

It's very commendable... Gradually the birds that we saw so often in our childhood are simply disappearing.... May be this will make us more sensitive to our winged friends.

Suprabhat Mukherjee said...

Thats brilliant Rohit! Would be great if you can share the photos here as well and have a ready reckoner for amateurs