Birding in Pune, Bhamburda Hills, India
When: April 2018 Weather: warm 29C
We had a morning free after our meeting in Pune, the second city of Maharashtra so our hosts kindly arranged for us to go for an early morning ramble in the Bhamburda Hills area, just about 10-15min away from the Sheraton Grand. I believe it’s also called the Vetal Tekdi and the trails lead up to a disused stone quarry with small bodies of water as it was the dry season.
the entrance to the trail at Bhamburda; it’s known for its Peacocks….but there’s much more than peacocks!
we started walking around 715 am, and it’s a gentle climb up the slopes…
First bird of the morning from a far was this lovely vocal ashy prinia
followed quickly by this restless nondescript female sunbird….probably purple sunbird
and then the commonest bird at this location, the rather smart red vented bulbul, posing with the Flame of the Forest flowers
another view of the red vented bulbul
and then in a distant tree our guide spotted the peacocks..
magnificent colours of the tail….
magnificent blue neck
of course the peacocks were only interested in the peahens, this being the mating season
climbing up the slopes, the laughing doves were active
common mynahs were, well, common
and from a long way over, this splendid male purple sunbird glowed in the morning sun
and amongst the barren dryness on the slopes, pockets of brilliant red flame of the forest flowers stood out
arriving at the top of the hill, was the view down into the disused stone quarry with very little water
Black kites, crows, purple herons, plum headed parakeets all flew over the quarry
red wattled lapwing
red wattled lapwing
barren forest on the way down…
white throated kingfisher from afar
and the last bird of the morning and also the most beautiful, the Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, bade us farewell.
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
So in less than 2 hours, we did reasonably well and whilst I didn’t see any lifers, the walk was pleasant, beautiful views abounded and a throughly enjoyable morning was had by all. Recommended.