Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bird Photography at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, AP

Drive from Hyderabad to Uppalapadu and Suryalanka

Itinerary:

  • Leave Hyderabad on Saturday morning 8 AM 
  • Reach Suryalanka by 3 PM 
  • Enjoy at the beach 
  • Stay at APTDC Haritha Resort 
  • Sunday morning have breakfast and check out by 8 AM 
  • Reach Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary by 9-30 AM 
  • Leave Uppalapadu at 10-30 AM 
  • Reach Hyderabad 3 PM 
 
Few Points regarding the drive:

  • Route Map: Hyderabad - Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary - Suryalanka Beach
     
  • Total Distance: 840 km (to and fro) 
  • Total Time: 7 hours 
  • Left Hyderabad at 8 AM reached Suryalanka around 3 PM (owing to traffic rerouting at Vijayawada Kanakadurga road) 
  • Take Vijayawada bypass road until Kanakadurga flyover work is complete 
  • Uppalapadu to Suryalanka: about 1.5 hours 
  • Road condition: brilliant (4 lane until Vijayawada) and 6 lane from Vijayawada to Guntur
Few Points regarding Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary:

  • Entry ticket: Rs. 20 per head 
  • Camera Charge: Rs. 25 
  • No information board at the site confirming the above though 
  • Only 2 cars can be parked near the gate - else you might have to park on the main road 
  • Pelicans and Painted Storks aplenty - see it to believe it 
  • Worth one visit if you happen to be passing nearby or if you stay in Andhra and Telengana



Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican juv

Painted Stork

Spot-billed Pelican

Nesting Area

Nesting Area


Spot-billed Pelican juv

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican


Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican with Chicks

Short-toed Snake Eagle

Short-toed Snake Eagle

On the way to Suryalanka

4 comments:

  1. Great visit. One of my target birding area Sumeet. And like always a great account of travel logs.

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  2. Awesome pictures DaDa... finally got a lazy Sunday to browse over them. What fine pictures!!

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    1. Yes! One of the few birding spots where you can get a full frame shot without much effort.

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