Birdwatching

#1 Oct 12th, 2001, 17:26
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In the different regions, what is the best time of year for birdwatching? And can anyone recommend any particular places for this activity? Thanks
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Birds

India is a great place for birds, all year round. About 1300 species in the whole of the Sub-continent and as they are not hunted they tend to be fairly tame and approachable. Best place is Bharatpur, near Agra- has to one of the best reserves in the world.
The Himalayan forests are excellent because there you have vertical distribution- different levels, different species. Sea coasts, of course for gulls, terns and other sea-birds –recommend Diu and point Calimere in Tamil Nadu.
National Parks in general are good places though from a jeep or elephant back it’s hard work. Best to walk with a forest guard if you can arrange it.
Some historical sites, especially those near small towns or villages can be good e.g.Orchha, Khajuraho, and Pushkar.

There is now an excellent book available which includes all the species found in India

Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimett, Inskipp and Inskipp
Oxford University Press

Available in India, price about 700rupees

If you would like more detailed info, just ask.

Good travelling
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Bharatpur

Forgot to mention
The best time of year to visit Bharatpur is from about November to February.
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I second Alan's recommendation of Bharatpur -- good accommodation at the Govt run Lodge which has nice grounds, OK food, and lot's of 'jungle noise' at night.

Also highly recommend Ranthambhore National Park, also in Rajastan, not so much for birds as for it's splendid setting as it was formerly the hunting preserve of a maharaja the area escaped the predations of population and remains a rather virginal enclave of cliffs, rivers and forest. Also, some interesting places to stay (including the Castle Jhoomar Baori, a former hunting lodge and not *extortionally* expensive for rooms or a meal)

Vedantangal Bird Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu is particularly good in December to February but is a bit more of a challenge to get to although it is not that far from Madras and Mahabalipuram.

There are several other National Parks in Kerala and Tamil Nadu definitely worth a visit and probably best in the December-February time-frame. You can find some detail about what to expect, transport, and accommodations in the LP or other India or South India guide books. Periyar, Mudumalai, and Anamalai reasonably easy to access and in the same general area -- for some of these places it is necessary to book rooms from park HQ rather than on site, so it is worth doing some homework first.
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Alredy Bharat pur recomened by others. Yes, Bharatpur Is best place for Bird watching . Govt. of Rajasthan ruin tourist lodge are there also one can find Private run small TL or Paying Guest House.Jungle Lodge is one of them & owner also have very good knowladge of Bird.
Corbett National Park & near by area is also very good place for Birdwatching.

Kumarkom & back water of Kerala is also very good place.

Sunderban Is also very good place .
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Most important in Bharatpur is That one can hire a Cycle for whole day. It's best way to visist Keolada Ghana National Bird santuary.
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Thumbs up Thanks!

Thank you all very much for your prompt and useful replies. Much appreciated!

Alan D: I'll look out for the book!
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Best places I've seen for birds are the Sunderbans, Manali and the Western Ghats, but I have preference for large and showy birds like eagles, vultures and hornbills. They're all good early in the year, and the Coorg region in Karnataka is at its best Feb-April when many birds are nesting. For example the bird on the cover of Ali's Indian bird book, the paradise flycatcher, hangs around coffee plantations in the spring, as do the Malabar and grey hornbills. If you're just into counting species the main sanctuaries are better, I suppose, although all I ever seem to see there are the same massive flocks of cranes and egrets. The area around Mysore also abounds with kingfishers.
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