BIrding

Could not belive, this place has so many birds!

It was still misty at dawn as the morning light was driving away the darkness. As we waited for the others to arrive a White-browed Bulbul was scolding an intruder in a nearby neem tree. Some villagers watched us curiously while proceeding to do their morning ablutions in nature. We were wondering about the purpose of bird songs that we could hear all around us. As the sun rose through the day and its warmth began to spread others arrived and after the introductions our group started to move on the embankment. Each bird-watching day unfolds a new experience and I was trying hard not to hurry my thoughts and to be in the moment. Most of todays guests were new to birding and as they listened eagerly to my ornithological outpourings I was wondering whether this made any sense to them

Madurapakkam Reserve Forest (மதுரபாக்கம் காப்பு காடு), Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, IN
13 Dec, 2020 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
58 species (+1 other taxa)

Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) 2
Indian Spot-billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha) 6
Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) 1 Heard
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 12
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) 3
Pied Cuckoo (Jacobin Cuckoo) (Clamator jacobinus) 1
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) 2
Asian Palm-Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis) 6
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 10
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) 4
Baillon’s Crake (Zapornia pusilla) 1
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) 6
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) 1
Ruff (Calidris pugnax) 3
Stint sp. (Calidris sp.) (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 4
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 1
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 5
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 4
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) 20
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) 20
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) 1
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 20
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 20
Indian Pond-Heron (Ardeola grayii) 10
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 25
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Shikra (Accipiter badius) 1
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 4
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 6
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) 4
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) 2
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 12
Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo) 4
Ashy Woodswallow (Artamus fuscus) 6
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) 12
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) 1
Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) 4
House Crow (Corvus splendens) 10
Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle) (Corvus macrorhynchos culminatus) 6
Jerdon’s Bushlark (Mirafra affinis) 2
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) 3
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) 4
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) 1
Blyth’s Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) 3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 10
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) 4
White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus) 6
Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis) 6
Asian Pied Starling (Pied Myna) (Gracupica contra) 2 photos to be added
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 1
Indian Robin (Copsychus fulicatus) 1
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) 1
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica) 2
Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 2
Tricolored Munia (Black-headed Munia) (Lonchura malacca) 1
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) 1

Trip photos by participantsclick here.

  • Written by: Subramanian, Birding Expert

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