Gandhari

Abhijit | | Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Gandhari Visit – 09.10.2010

Remarks –

  • Visit with new birder friend- Abhijeet Pachpande (Thane)
  • Weather extremely foggy till 9 am.
  • Sighting of Blue-tailed bee-eaters, Small Minivet pair, Pied Cuckoo, Asian Openbill Storks, an Osprey (near roadside flying along with kites)

Gandhari Visit – 10.10.2010

Remarks –

  • Went alone cycling to Gandhari for the first time
  • Sighting of ever elusive Painted Francoline for the first time and got decent shots :-)

Gandhari Visit – 11.12.2010

Remarks –

  • Visit to Gandhari (for bird photography) after almost 2 months
  • Advent of cold weather was soothing.
  • Imp sightings – Common Rose finch, Cotton teal (5-6 individuals), Western Marsh Harrier, Black-headed cuckooshrike, Indian Grey Hornbill pair feeding on fig

 

Gandhari Visit – 05.06.2011

After a lot of confusion about deciding between Yeur and Gandhari, finally made it to Gandhari. Rain had already made a soil moist on the earlier evening and this resulted in some snakes making their appearance visible on a open land. (For the first time, I saw 4 snakes on a single day – 3 Rat Snakes ( Marathi – Dhaman), 1 Spectacled Cobra (Marathi – Naag)).

Pied Crested Cuckoo (Marathi – Chatak) pair was happily feeding on the ground insects – easy food for them after the first rain ! This was my closest encounter with this beautiful bird !! (This bird is a summer migratory bird – originating from East Africa)

 

Remarks –

  • For the first time, encountered 4 Snakes in wild on a single day
  • Rat snake caught a Toad but size, and moreover, determination of Toad to survive, saw Rat Snake loosing the battle. Those were the exciting 2-3 min for me and surely for the Snake & the Toad as well :-).
  • Closest encountered with Pied Crested Cuckoo.  Pair was seen feeding on ground insects for a long time.

 

 

 

Gandhari 9th/16th/22nd/23rd Oct 2011

With extreme dew all over the area, spent 7 out of last 23 mornings at Gandhari. With Diwali approaching, there was hint of winter since last few days (just a slight hint indeed :-) ) and hence, Sun didn’t really bothered much.  Sept end – Oct are good months for macro photography (usually with no rain and ample sunlight). You can see butterflies, damselflies, grasshoppers,  flowers…everything so fresh!! These are the shots I managed to click over the weekends.

 

Remarks -

  1. Blue-tailed bee-eaters seemed to have arrived in Oct 1st week.
  2. Sighting/ Photo of not so commonly “seen” Eurasian wryneck by Dhanashri (21.10.2011)
  3. Very good Booted eagle sighting (migratory eagle from Europe, north Africa wintering in Sub-Saharan africa and South Asia. Didn’t carry camera however photo is clicked by Santosh Gulvani (09.10.2011)
  4. Pied kingfisher sighting after a long time (By Dhanashri – 21.10.2011)
  5. Pied Crested cuckoo’s still at Gandhari
  6. Painted Francolines’ activity was heard till 16th Oct but no activity heard on 22nd/23rd Oct. (This resident bird is heard only around monsoon season)
  7. Asian Paradise Flycatcher was surprisingly seen on a comparatively open area
  8. Uncommon mating of ‘Six spot ground beetle involving 3 specimens. (Sadly, didn’t carry camera and had to take photo using mobile cam…. For the first time realized that Mobile cam technology is not so useless :-)) – Evening of 02.10.2011

 

 

 

Gandhari 12th Oct 2013 

 

Just realized that it’s almost after 2 years that I’m posting Gandhari images :-).

 

Psyche butterfly DSC_0244 Gray pancy butterfly Greater coucal (Nikon 80-200 + 2X TC DSC_0145 DSC_0159 DSC_0167 White-Orange tip butterfly DSC_0198 DSC_0199 Psyche butterfly

 

 

 

 

24 Comments »

  1. superb……..Abhijeet….

    you have been gifted by god, with the great skill of keen observation and capturing the life in camera as it is.

    keep it up man….

    Comment by Rajesh — October 10, 2010 @ 10:29 am

  2. Great dude,
    And pictures are very good. Even of European Roller
    U r too good
    Keep it up…….

    Comment by Sagar — October 11, 2010 @ 5:39 am

  3. painted francolin in Kalyan… what a news… photos pf damsselflies are superb!

    Comment by Atul Kolhe — October 11, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  4. Faarach bhari Macros………..

    Comment by manali — October 11, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  5. mastach… Abhijeet
    Great !!
    Keep it up.

    Comment by Swati — October 14, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

  6. Hi Abhijit,

    Excellent photographs. Would love to visit Gandhari with you once again :-)

    Congrats for your Nikkor 300/f 2.8 !!

    Comment by Santosh Gulavani — October 16, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

  7. kharach khup chan

    Comment by Gautam — December 12, 2010 @ 11:35 am

  8. Cracking images Abhi!! Your 300 mm f/2.8 rocks !!

    Comment by Animish — December 12, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  9. Too good pics. As always.

    Comment by Sagar — December 13, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  10. Sahi mitra……….. amhala pan gheoon chal kadhi tari

    Comment by Mayu — December 13, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

  11. Great Pics.

    Comment by Mohandas — December 14, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

  12. hey i have a pair of purple rumped sun bird in our garden and i think i will soon b able to aet some live experience of their nesting

    Comment by jyutika — December 15, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  13. great post, thanks for sharing

    Comment by Daniel — December 17, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  14. Masta. Teen dhaman, ek kobra eka diwsat! Mala shevatchya phototlyacha tura faar avadla :)

    Comment by Gauri — June 6, 2011 @ 12:46 am

  15. Surekh photos aahet. Gandhari has got variety :) . Loved all the pics

    Comment by Animish — June 6, 2011 @ 9:55 am

  16. Miissed it !!

    Very nice pics abhi.

    Comment by Harish Chandak — June 6, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

  17. great pics….mast….

    Comment by prachi kulkarni — June 6, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  18. Lively pics. Pratyaksh pahilela Snake & Toad cha tharar photo tun jivant zala.
    Thanks for sharing. Would like to meet again..

    Comment by Bhuvnesh & Sheetal — June 6, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  19. Thanks a lot!… will surely meet !

    Comment by Abhijit — June 6, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

  20. Superb snaps Abhijit. Pied cuckoo snaps are too good. Wondering whether the toad would have survived after getting whole of it’s head in snake’s mouth !!

    Comment by Santosh Gulavani — June 7, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

  21. Rat Snake on a hunt! That was a wonderful shot, Abhijit !
    Hats off to your efforts.
    Keep clicking.

    Comment by Shishir — June 8, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  22. Stupendous Abhi !……….Want to see the video too of the Snake and toad !!

    Comment by Heera — June 16, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  23. awesome… :)

    Comment by Gouri — October 24, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

  24. Unbelievable that these are around Gandhari , Beauty is in the eye of beholder , so true …:)

    Comment by Manoj Binhani — October 25, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

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