Birding at Sinhgad Valley: 30 December 2015
The year ended on a high pitch with an amazing experience of bird watching and photography at Sinhgad Valley, Pune. On 30 December 2015 when I got up in the morning there were no plans to go out for birding. While I was sipping my cup of morning tea, I suddenly felt the urge to head for Sinhgad Valley for checking out the birds there ( I am a frequent visitor to this place). Knowing of my plans my wife quickly packed some titbits for breakfast. I got my camera ready, changed and was off to Sinhgad Valley. I covered the distance in good time as there was barely any traffic at this early hour.
Within minutes of my arrival at this spot, I sighted couple of Asian Paradise Flycatchers hopping from one branch to the other. It’s quite a tricky task snapping these creatures as they barely stay static at one place. You need good reflexes to take a shot at them. I did manage a few though.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher. The males are white and have long tails
Asian Paradise Flycatcher(female). Females have rust coloured wings and short tail.
Next I sighted the Rose Finch. These are very pretty birds.
Rose Finch looking towards me.
While the male Rose Finch is pink coloured, the females are grey in colour. These birds come to this particular spot in the Sinhgad Valley to have a bath. A single stream is the only source of water here. After the monsoons small puddles gets formed in the stream which acts as bird baths. For this single reason you are sure to sight birds here.
As I was busy photographing, few families with kids arrived at this location, hearing the noise the birds flew away. Birds fly away when they see humans standing, they feel threatened, but once you sit down they start appearing again for their bath. I knew that it will be a while before the birds return so I took a walk and headed towards the direction from were I was hearing parakeets chattering. Within few minutes I was near a mango tree and could see the Plum Headed Parakeets perched on top. Though they were quite far I did manage to take few snaps though not as good as I would like them to be.
The head of the males are red where as the females have ash coloured heads.
This was one extra ordinary birding day for me. As the light started getting brighter I started sighting more and more species and few which I had not seen before. The species which obliged were, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Plum Headed Parkeets, Veriditer Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Red throated Flycatcher, Drongo, Rose finch, Green Bee eater, Oriental Whiteeye, Indian Silverbill, Black Throated Munia, Red Vented Bulbul, Red Whiskered Bulbul, Yellow Throated Sparrow(Petronia) , Yellow Wagtail,White Browed Fantail, Indian Robin and Tree Pipits.
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Red Throated Flycatcher
Oriental White Eye
Indian Silver Bill
Black Throated Munia
Red vented Bulbul
Red Whiskered Bulbul
Yellow Throated Sparrow
White Browed Fantail
Still trying to identify what bird this is ?
There are many more in the bushes, till date I have counted about 57 species in the Sinhgad Valley, so go out there and look for them yourself and don’t forget to carry a binocular and a camera.
Wishing you All The Best for Year 2016.