Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bird Photography at Ananthagiri Hills Vikarabad


If you talk about bird watching combined with a trek in the serenity of the nature, Ananthagiri Hills will be one in the top of the list. If you talk about a weekend getaway from Hyderabad, Ananthagiri Hills surely is worth the option. If you talk about a long drive on a day trip somewhere near Hyderabad, Ananthagiri Hills Vikarabad will definitely not disappoint you. However, there is only one catch - choose the perfect season based on the purpose of your visit.

For weekend getaways, long drives and any other leisure visit, best season to go will be during and after the monsoons.

For birding, it depends on the location you visit. Ananthagiri Hills has multiple bird watching points and trekking spots. This season is best for the spot near Kotpally Reservoir. All other spots and treks are too dense and make it extremely hard to spot and click.

This was our first visit there and none of us was aware about the terrain and the location. Hence we couldn't click many. However now we know where to see, at what time and in which season. At the end of the day with a trek of around 4 hours we somehow managed to click some birds.

(For me personally it was a strange feeling. Now I know the feeling when a batsman scores 199 in test and is waiting for that 1 more run to get to his double century. Before this trip I was at 197 with 2 new species added to my list, now standing at 199. I really wished that I got my 200 today alas will have to wait for some more time.)

The beautiful Yellow Crowned Woodpecker (don't get fooled by the bright red nape, that's how it is)

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Male

Indian Grey Hornbill

Green Bee-eater

Laughing Dove

Long-tailed Shrike juv

Plum-headed Parakeet Male

Plum-headed Parakeet Female

Rose-ringed Parakeet Male

White-bellied Drongo

Yellow-billed Babbler

White-browed Fantail

Plain Prinia

Our Group

TRIP 2: 18-Oct-2014

This was not a birding trip per-se and more of a picnic outing. However once a birder, how can you not wander your eyes to see that one elusive species. And there I was, successfully spotted 2 lifers and also was happy to spot the Grey Francolin near Hyderabad.

Distance: 100 km one way upto Kotpally reservoir.

Black-winged Kite

Grey Francolin

Rock Bush Quail




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bird Photography at Bidar Blackbuck Resort

Drive from Hyderabad to Bidar

Trip Summary:

Distance: 140 + 140 KM (Click here for Google Maps
Birds Spotted: 50+ (22 New Species for me - taking me to 196 species overall) 



After so many years in Hyderabad, finally discovered a weekend trip which is definitely worth revisiting. Bidar is highly under-rated when it comes to bird watching and photography. People visiting here are so contented with Blackbuck sighting, Boating, Kayaking, Coracal Ride, Historical Monuments, Forts, etc. that Birding takes a back seat. Tourists hardly spend any time exploring the area for possible bird sighting probably because of lack of interest in this topic.

However, for me, the sole purpose of this visit was to spot as many bird species as possible. By the graciousness of the rain gods, a little bit of effort from my end and at last some wonderful luck on my part, I was able to spot and click more than 50 different species of birds (with 22 species which I have never clicked before)

I always feel that luck just seems to find its way into my camera. This trip was no surprise either. It felt as if whichever direction I turn my head - there's a different bird perching on the branches. Enjoy the pics below, I really want to visit this place once again and this time probably will stay for more than 1 day.

Coppersmith Barbet

Baya Weaver Male

Baya Weaver Male

Streaked Weaver

Long-tailed Shrike

Indian Courser

Small Minivet Female

Small Minivet Female

Red-rumped Swallow

White-browed Bulbul

Black-headed Cuckooshrike

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Eurasian Collared Dove

Common Iora humei nonbr

Common Iora multicolor br

Lesser Whistling Duck

Lesser Whistling Duck

Spot-billed Duck

Rufous-tailed Lark

Indian Bushlark

Sykes's Lark

Singing Bushlark

Indian Silverbill

Scaly-breasted Munia

Black-headed Munia


Brahminy Starling juv

Brahminy Starling

Oriental White-eye

Laughing Dive

Red-vented Bulbul and Laughing Dove

Yellow-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

Yellow-billed Babbler

Purple-rumped Sunbird Male

Purple Sunbird eclipse

Purple Sunbird eclipse

Common Tern

Pied Bushchat

Eurasian Spoonbill

Common Babbler

Ashy Prinia

Plain Prinia

Grey-breasted Prinia

Wooly-necked Stork

Green Sandpiper

Grey Heron

Common Myna

Great Egret

Glossy Ibis

Pied Kingfisher

Rufous Treepie


Greater short-toed Lark

Blackbuck





Fox

Langur











The Resort