Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bird Photography at Mangalajodi Chilka Lake



The definition of Birding might have to get altered if Mangalajodi has to fit in. An experience worth a lifetime, this place in a small village of Orissa covering the marsh land of Chilka Lake. The birds here are in lakhs, not in thousands or hundreds. You can take a boat ride within the marsh land and can really get up close & personal with the birds here.

Place of stay: Godwit Eco Cottage
Expense: Rs. 2300 per night for cottage (includes all meals)
Boat Ride: Rs. 750 for 3 hours
Jetty to-and-fro: Rs. 300

They say there are close to 90 different species of birds and there is no doubt in that. Even after having a life list of 260, I was still able to spot around 20 more new species. Any birder can easily spot more than 50 without putting much effort.

The best season to visit here is January. Although November, December and February are almost equally good. Other months you might miss out on the migratory birds but there are residential birds aplenty. And not to mention the experience of Birding in Mangalajodi per-se is so unique.

Here are some of the pics I clicked


Northern Shoveler (Male)



Ruddy Shelduck Male


Ruddy Shelduck


Ruddy Shelduck Female


Spotbilled Duck


Spot Billed Duck


Northern Pintail Female


Northern Pintail Male


Northern Pintail Male


Northern Pintail Female


Garganey Female 


Comb Duck Female



Bluethroat


Whiskered Tern


Whiskered Tern


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Black Tailed Godwit


Pheasant Tailed Jacana (Non breeding plumage)



Bronze Winged Jacana


Oriental Pratincole


Oriental Pratincole


Oriental Pratincole


Black Bittern


Yellow Bittern


Yellow Bittern

 
Indian Pond Heron



Clamorous Reed Warbler


Golden Plover


Grey Headed Lapwing


Citrine Wagtail


Wood Sandpiper


Common Snipe


Fulvous Whistling Duck


Glossy Ibis


Lesser Pied Kingfisher


Ruff 


Purple Moorhen


Little Cormorant


Asian Openbill Stork


Asian Openbill Stork


Grey Heron


Grey Heron with the fish catch


Grey Heron with the fish catch


Pied Starling


Hoopoe


Marsh Harrier (Juvenile)


Marsh Harrier


Pied Harrier


The Boat Ride

12 comments:

  1. Very vivid colors, great photography.

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  2. Truly inspiring pictures !!!!

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  3. Superb clicks man! Some of them are just so stunning!!!

    Vikram (Cathedral School)

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    1. Hey Vikram, thanks a lot!, I know this was one of the most satisfying birding trips I had in the recent times.

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  4. Great shots. Just log in to check different migratory duck.

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    1. Nice, you can also watch the Nawabganj post, that also has a good number of migratory collection. Other than that click on Wildlife/ Birding page and then click on any duck name and you will be taken to a page of all ducks i clicked till date. Hope it helps and thanks for stopping by.

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