Bhigwan, every birdwatcher's heaven

Jan 07, 2013, 08:27 IST | Krunal Gosavi

Krunal Gosavi trains his lenses on the yet to be declared bird sanctuary Bhigwan located off the Pune-Solapur Road, which continues to be a paradise for avian enthusiasts and serious birdwatchers

Flamingos grab all the attention here
A birdwatcher’s paradise, Bhigwan, which is around 110 kilometres from Pune on the Solapur road, has been welcoming around 100 species of migratory birds. The main attraction at this spot in the backwaters of Ujjani Dam is around 400 flamingos.

However, ornithologists have cautioned amateur bird watchers against crowding this spot, as it may disturb the migratory birds. Bird lovers and visitors are being cautioned against littering, to avoid a negative impact on the safe haven of the migratory birds. A champion among the visitors is the Brahmani ducks, which fly to the spot all the way from Siberia.

Snow white: What’s troubling this poor Intermediate Egret? The bird is seen ruffling its feathers

Two’s company: A pair of Brahmini Duck or Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) flaunt their orange brown plumage

Hungry kya? A black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) looks around for a tasty treat

Picture perfect: A fabulous sunrise looms over the mirror-like surface

Showing off: A Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) stands tall at 100 centimetres and flaunts its wings, which can be anywhere between 155 and 195 cm

Have a safe flight: A flock of greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), start their run-up before taking to the air

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