Friday, 18 February 2011

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary



Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary


I visited the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary a few weeks back to check out the migratory birds there. Though I am not sure if the birds I spotted have migrated from other countries or other parts of India, the numbers were quite good. Of course, some say that the number of visitors has gone down these days compared to some years back. But being a first timer, I found the numbers a bit over whelming.
I started from Koyambedu by 5:15 am. Since I do not have a vehicle, I had to take the bus. There is no direct bus to Vendanthangal. So I took a bus to Tambaram and reached about an hour’s time. But the bus from Tambaram to Vedanthangal was a nightmare. First it was too slow for the almost empty GST road. Then it halted in Chengalpet for about 30 minutes for getting more passengers. By the time I reached the Vedanthangal town it was about 8:00am. To add to my frustration the bus halted again there for the drivers to have breakfast. The sanctuary is about 2km from there. I approached a local guy and got dropped in the sanctuary in his motor cycle. By the time I reached the sanctuary it was about 8:30am! What a waste of time in travelling. My advice to anyone who is visiting this place is to visit in their own vehicle and not depend on the public transport!
Once I reached there I spent about 3 hours watching the birds busy in collecting twigs and other stuff for nesting. There was a constant chatter from the birds and surprisingly there were quite a lot of people visiting the place. I was not able to photograph all that I spotted. One major put off was that I did not carry my tripod. Lazy me! I could have got some better photographs had I taken a tripod. Anyway here is a list birds that I spotted.
 
Spot Billed Pelican
Asian Spoonbill
Painted Stork
Open Bill Stork
Black Headed Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
Purple Swamphen
Indian Pond Heron
Night Heron
Darter
Little Cormorant
White Throated Kingfisher
Greater Coucal
Purple Sunbird
Rose Ringed Parakeet
Roufus Treepie

I was a bit surprised that I did not spot any Grey Heron or the Purple Heron. Did I miss these or do these not come to Vedanthangal usually? Did anyone spot these birds there?


19 comments:

Praveen Kulkarni said...

Great photos. Please post the photo details : Exposure, ISO and other details (like you did for your earlier snaps) which can give an insight to amateurs like me.

Did you visit Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary near Mysore anytime? I spotted Herons and lot of birds there.

molarbear's posts said...

Well, certainly you lost time, but don't seem to have missed too much...and you seem to have done pretty well without a tripod!

Enjoyed the post and pics.

Deepa.

Ram said...

@Praveen: Good point. I will update the blog soon with the details.
I do want to visit the Rengannathittu Sanctuary, but have not got an opportunity yet. Will plan sometime later this year or early next year.

@Deepa: I am sure lighting in the morning would have made the photos better. Thanks for those encouraging words.

Ram

Shrinidhi Hande said...

This place is in my hitlist... will plan a visit soon

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

The painted stork looks like it is laughing. Each of your bird pictures are wonderful. The sunset is gorgeous! You sure have stories to tell about the transportation each time you take a trip!

By the way, did you hear that an E-5 is on its way to me? :-)

Ram said...

@Nidhi: Make sure you visit within this month or you will not see the migratory birds. If your interest is just bird watching, I can recommend a few other places around Chennai.

@Linda: An E5???? That is awesome. I wish I can get hold of one.. :(
and thanks a lot for your comments. :)

joshidaniel.com said...

gorgeous sunset and the nice and clear birds!

Team G Square said...

Wonderful pics , thanks for sharing .

Ram said...

Thanks Joshie and Team G Square.

Ram

ராஜ சேகர் said...

I Love the sunrise. but i missed the trip ram

sm said...

great shots

Ram said...

@Rajasekar: Let us plan something this weekend then...

@sm: Thanks.

Ram

Sumedh said...

Would love to visit this place soon!
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Sumedh

sandeep said...

luved the pics - and my fav is (from flickr) the open billed stork take-off. even the sunset pic is framed well. keep sharing.

Ram said...

@Sumedh: It will be good to visit the place during the migratory season. You can see lots of immigrants.

@Sandeep: Those are encouraging. Thanks.

Ram

Gretchen said...

Absolutely stunning! I can't get over the colors. I'm bookmarking your page and will be back often.

padmansiva said...

Hi, thanks for the blog.Going there this week with my 7 year old son who is very keen to go there. I'm taking my Olympus EM1 pro kit and 75-300. Will post my photos after my visit.

padmansiva said...

Hi, thanks for the blog.Going there this week with my 7 year old son who is very keen to go there. I'm taking my Olympus EM1 pro kit and 75-300. Will post my photos after my visit.

Ram said...

Thanks Gretchen and Padmansiva.

Ram