Monday, March 20, 2017

Hyderabad birding Diaries-Ameenpur Lake

 

For past few months of enjoying winter birding at Nallagandla lake(ofcourse long pending blog to be written)desire to explore new hotspot around Hyderabad before end of pleasant season. No doubt one of moto to go for the place was Pelician which i saw at Kaikondrahali lake Bangalore,first and last time , anyhow cancellation of some other plan gave opportunity ,to make newer.

 

Ameenpur Lake which is famous birding location in Hyderabad is treat for the birders ,as location offers combination of wetland,grassland and long tree,increases chances of watching more variety.The moment i entered place ,trees on bank of lake was full of rosy starling dreamy scene,around 60-70 along with few white breasted Kingfisher,raised hope and motivation of catching more for the day.

Here goes the list for day……..

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Pied Kingfisher

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Yellow Wagtail 1

Yellow Wagtail

Shikra

Shikra

Garganey on rock

Garganey

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Paddyfield Pipit

Paddyfield Pipit

Red Wattled lapwing

Red Wattled Lapwing

Egret n cormorant

Cormrant and Egret

Garganey family

Garganey Family

Garganey

Garganey Male

Great Egret 1

Great Egret

Grebe n Coot

Grebe

Grey Heron in Yoga

Grey Heron in Yoga Pose

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Indian pond heron

Indian Pond Heron

Indian silverbill

Indian Silverbill

Spot billed duck

Spot Billed Duck

Yellow Wagtail 1

Yellow Wagtail

Barn swallow

Barn Swallows

Bay backed Shrike

Shrike

Black crowned night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

black drongo

Black Drongo

Black Winged Stilts

Black Winged Stilt

Booted Warbler

Booted Warbler

Common Coot

Common Coot Flock

Coot

Common Coot

Cormorant

Little Cormorant

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Little Cormorant

Coucal

Greater Coucal

Darter

Darter

 

One of Surprise of day was Francolin which i could just see and flew off,Hope to see it again.In terms of number of species Ameenpur is quite satisfying experience.

 

Cheers

Ashu

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Srisailam-Places to explore

 

Finally writing last week pending travel blog now.After Srisailam visit I realised, it will helpful for others planning to visit place,if  I will share my experience of place and journey.No doubt place is famous for its religious significance ,Malikarjuna deity temple and Srisailam devasthan.But other than this nothing much is mentioned on google regarding tourism.

I have already written one exclusive blog about birding and wildlife experience,this goes exclusively for only places to visit around and travel tips.

We started at 5.45am in the morning,and would like to share highway is very well maintained and traffic free,destination was 236kms away,duration of 4 hours,we took more as usual stoppage in between…Our stay was Haritha Hotel at Srisailam which is average place to stay ,government maintained hotel.

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Journey is full of different land terrain mountains,lake,dense  forests, river bank which is indeed enjoyable experience and picturesque sight.

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AutoNallamalla Forest  on the way is dense forest of Eastern ghat,spread across large area on the bank of Krishna river,rich in flora and fauna,definitely must visit place for nature enthusiast if going to Srisailam.I manage to click good numbers of birds and wildlife during my visit mentioned in my previous blog.

 green imperial pigeon

Green Imperial Pigeon

Start of moutain range

View of Mountains on the way..

AutoIn the middle of Nallamalla Forest comes Amrabad Tiger Reserve,Although chances of spotting tiger is very less,but surely will witness some deers,Langurs,birds and of course breathtaking view point at Reserve.

Welcome to Nallamalla forest

 

Posters in Amrabad reserve

Wildlife at Nallamalla Forest

Safari-View inside reserve

View Point of reserve

Safari family view

 

Safari time

Safari time

Safari-Squireel

Giant Malabar Squirrel

Safari-Trail

Trail inside Safari

 

Tiger Statue

No Tiger only Statue

 

AutoSrisailam Reservoir was our next stoppage,I guess Monsoon is better time visit this reservoir to see full flow of river.Still loved whole aura of place,India’s 4th largest river Krishna,dam ,bridge ,view of zig-zag route absolutely marvelous .

Srisailsilum Reservoir

 

River collage

Collage of Reservoir and near by area.

 

AutoAPTDC Ropeway where one can go for boating on steamers ,quite enjoyable experience ,takes you close to reservoir and river close view.

Reservoir and boat trips

Boating facility

 

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View of Krishna river in boating ride

AutoEcological Knowledge Park

This is good place to understand whole theory of evolution,kids will surely admire the place.Khwaish took keen interest to explore full area full of big Dino ,animal and birds Statue.

Ecological Park

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GLIPMSE OF ECOLOGICAL PARK…

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AutoTwo places which we missed are Uma Maheswarm temple and Mallela Water falls.

 

Overall its just one night stay one can plan to cover the place.Anyways route is more beautiful than the actual destination.

Hope my experience will help you plan ur journey.All the best,Explore Srisailam.

Cheers

Ashu

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