Birding in Pune, Bhamburda Hills, India

Birding in Pune, Bhamburda Hills, India

When:  April 2018      Weather:  warm  29C

Nikon P900

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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.

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the entrance to the trail at Bhamburda; it’s known for its Peacocks….but there’s much more than peacocks!

 

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we started walking around 715 am, and it’s a gentle climb up the slopes…

 

ashy prinia

First bird of the morning from a far was this lovely vocal ashy prinia

 

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followed quickly by this restless nondescript female sunbird….probably purple sunbird

 

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and then the commonest bird at this location, the rather smart red vented bulbul, posing with the Flame of the Forest flowers

 

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another view of the red vented bulbul

 

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and then in a distant tree our guide spotted the peacocks..

 

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magnificent colours of the tail….

 

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magnificent blue neck

 

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of course the peacocks were only interested in the peahens, this being the mating season

 

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climbing up the slopes, the laughing doves were active

 

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laughing dove

 

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common mynahs were, well, common

 

purple sunbird male

and from a long way over, this splendid male purple sunbird glowed in the morning sun

 

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purple sunbird

 

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and amongst the barren dryness on the slopes, pockets of brilliant red flame of the forest flowers stood out

 

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arriving at the top of the hill, was the view down into the disused stone quarry with very little water

 

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quarry

 

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Egret

 

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Indian Robin

 

black kite

Black kites, crows, purple herons, plum headed parakeets all flew over the quarry

 

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Squabbling egrets

 

red wattled lapwing

red wattled lapwing

 

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red wattled lapwing

 

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barren forest on the way down…

 

white throated kingfisher

white throated kingfisher from afar

 

rufous treepie

Rufous Treepie

 

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and the last bird of the morning and also the most beautiful, the Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, bade us farewell.

 

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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.

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