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    Default Birding places in and around Bhopal

    Bhopal is the capital Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is also known as the City of Lakes for its various natural as well as artificial lakes. There are five lakes within the city, Upper lake ,Lower lake and Sahapura lakes are well known for tourist spots . Apart from these lakes, city is also surrounded by several stop dam to gather rain water for irrigation/cultivations purposes for farmers like, Kaliasot dam, Kerwa dam, Hathai kheda dam(Known as Ayodhya nagar lake)&Ghoda pachhad dam are just adjacent/ periphery of the city and , Ajnal dam , Kolar dam, Rata pani dam & Halhali dam are around 10 to 45 KM range from center of the city , these dams are sorrounded by forest , so water and forest gives very good combination for birds shelter as well as other wild mammals .
    Few of these dams are developed for tourist attraction and have state govt guest house and restaurant also. Since water bodies fluctuates widely say 100% in rainy season and merely 15% in summer season ,wildlife of these areas varies accordingly. These places are also serve as a good picnic spot in winter seasons and are fully occupied and some times these places are over crowded .
    1. Upper lake and Van vihar {animal park (Zoo) with limited confined area for each one, other animals such as spotted deer ,black bucks and Indian blue bulls can be seen openly } itself is a very good birding place. There is a separate place (PakshiVihar) created for birds by Van vihar authority ,but the place is little over crowded by tourist. In winter local authority has facilitate visits inside the park on prior booking . Every year in winter Local authority also arrange bird watching camp in 1st week of January for young enthusiastic to create awareness about birds, its habitat and environment. Though you can find, may be say around 100 variety of local birds e.g. Grey heron, snowy egret, great egret, hoopoe, black drango, silverbill munia ,red avadavat,Water redstart ,jungle pea foul ,Golden oriole ,Jungle babbler,yellow eyed babblers , red vented bulbul, indian robin, Magpie robin ,pied bush chat, bush lark, crested lark ,red wattled lapwing, yellow wattled lapwings ,purple sun bird etc, white breasted kingfisher ,small blue kingfisher, pied kingfisher, little & large cormorant ,Painted stork, Open bill stork , snake bird, gull, river tern & whisker tern, common krestel, black shouldered kite , honey buzzard, eagle, kite, spotted duck, common coot, little grebe, common moorhen, common crake, etc to name a few at any time, In winter this figure rise to around 250 due to migratory bird mainly of water birds.
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    Default Birding places around Bhopal

    2. Kaliasot Dam is now within the city and Kerwa dam is 5 km drive from the city both these dams are surrounded by forest ,hence apart from local common bird it has sighting of forest bird e.g. verdicter flycatcher, plum headed parakeet alexandrine parakeet, button quil, spotted dove, eurosian dove,treepie, coppersmith barbet, woodpecker , spotted owl etc.

    3. Hathaikheda dam ( Ayodhyanagar lake) is going to be within the city in a one or two year . This lake was proposed to make a bird sanctury but how it could be done is a question mark. This lake is fully dependent on rain water and it varies widely 100% of lake areas in rainy season and almost dried up in summer or only 10% water remains in summer , water of this lake are being used for irrigation by local farmers . I use this lake mostly for birding & is nearest to my house . In winter ,this is the only lake where largest number of migratory bird come so far I have explored , many variety of waders and lake was full of different types ducks (in multiple of thousands) from December to end of February e.g. Spotted duck, ruddy shelduck, comb duck, northen shovler, northen pintail, common teal, mallard and white stork, open bill stork, painted stork, woolly neck stork, Black Ibis, white ibis etc.

    4. Ghodapachhad dam is located just outskirt of city in eastern side. This is also a good place for birding for waders and prey e.g. eagle , krestel, black shoulder kite , ground birds like bush lark, sparrow lark ,crested lark ,stone chat , pranticole, crake and bittern too .

    5. Ajnal Dam (Eco park) is about 10 Km from the city in eastern side towards Raisen road, this dam is ended with a canopy of two hill having moderate forest areas. This is also a good place for birding , verdicter flycatcher, tickells blue flycatcher and Ducks ,Herons and other forest birds found.

    6. Halhali dam is located about 45 Km towards Sanchi road. This dam has largest catchment area and also serve as fish farming and supplies to Bhopal and other near by cities. This is also a good place for birding, some variety of Gull, Tern ,Ibis, Stork ,Red start, Rock thrush etc are found here . In winter several variety of gull and tern can be found here.

    7. Sehat Ganj is located about 30 Km towards Raisen road. This place is covered with ups and downs barren land having trees and bushes ,which serve as a good shelter for bird . In rainy season due to ups /downs landscape, lot of small streams flows in different direction till end of November ,which also attracts local people for a very good place for weekend leading to lot of pollution (plastics and garbages) around, however this is limited to road side only . This is also a good place for birding, uphill places are shelter of Indian vulture, red headed vulture , egyptian vulture etc apart from this plum headed parakeet, Indian treepie , desert wheater, Yellow wattled lapwings, Indian courser, sand grouse and some raptors etc found here.
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    Default Hathaikheda Dam

    Good place for birding in late winter till summer for migratory birds.
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    Default Ghoda pachad Dam

    Seems pair of Honey buzzard, ID pls?
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    Image shot at Ghoda pachad dam
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    Image clicked at Sehat ganj
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    Image clicked at Sehat ganj. This image was taken just at the begining of rainy season ,hence looking greener. Earlier image (indian Couser) was taken in late winter, hence dried up.
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    Image clicked at Hathai kheda lake
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    I,m extremely sorry to post so many images in separate thread , which is supposed to be posted in single thread , that has happened due to lack of posting knowledge. Administrators/Moderators are requested to kindly do needful. Thank you.

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    Nice to know about these birding spots. Lovely images. It will also help for documenting. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    It is nice that you have devoted a lot of time and energy to identify and locate these known and lesser known places and document many of the important flora and fauna of these habitats. It is very important to place them serially and comprehensively at one place from conservation point of view. It would enlighten our younger generations. Thanks for sharing.SaktiWild

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    Excellent information. If more people start talking about such habitats, perhaps we can build up a case for conserving these.

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    Very informative write up.The accompanying images are proof of the existing variety of flora and fauna in and around Bhopal.This would encourage other states towards developing and conservation of their own resources .Thanks for sharingt

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    Very nice and very rare...there aren't many cities which can claim to be hosting red headed vultures, peregrine falcons and ruddy breasted crakes on their outskirts...your ID of the OHB is correct.well written and some nice images.
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    excellent. What is the red heeded green bird, out of focus, in the vulture image above?

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    The writings and photographs are wonderful......surely in future I shall go to that place....thanks a lot for sharing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandipan Ghosh View Post
    The writings and photographs are wonderful......surely in future I shall go to that place....thanks a lot for sharing...
    It is an 'chestnut headed bee eater'

    Thanks

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    Excellent. How nice to know these birds and mammals are still around a city like Bhopal.

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