Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bird Photography at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Chikmagalur

We were driving down post our visit to Old Magazine House Ganeshgudi and had the least of the expectations from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Our purpose was to take a night halt here before we continue our journey to Bangalore and then Hyderabad. The Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) property was apt for this location. We even spotted 4 lifers and some amazing photo opp for landscapes and portraits too. JLR arranged one boat safari (into Bhadra Reservoir) and one jeep safari (into Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary) and both were equally rewarding.

Driving Direction: Hyderabad - Bangalore (night halt) - Ganeshgudi (2 nights halt) - Chikmaglur (night halt) - Bangalore (night halt) - Hyderabad
Total distance: 2300 km
Transport fuel cost: Petrol (approx Rs. 10,000) + highway toll (approx Rs. 2500)
Cost of Stay: 2 nights JLR Ganeshgudi (Rs. 11,000) for 2 people
1 night JLR Chikmaglur (Rs. 12,000) for 2 people

Bhadra Reservoir

Osprey (lifer)

Osprey with fish (lifer)

Lesser Adjutant (lifer)

Indian Spotted Eagle

Ashy Woodswallow

Brown Fish Owl (lifer)


Grey Junglefowl Female


Crested Hawk Eagle

White-bellied Drongo

Blue-faced Malkoha 

Blyth's Starling Male

Barking deer

Wild Boar

Bhadra Tiger Reserve anti-poaching camp

Racket-tailed Drongo

Crested Serpent Eagle


Oriental Honey-buzzard 

Wire-tailed Swallow

Blyth's Pipit (lifer) 

Hanging Bridge at JLR

at JLR