Bird watching tour to Davanagere - Part I

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Birding in Davanagere - Part I Water Birds:

With not much expectations headed for bird watching in Davangere, but what turned out later was an extravaganza of our beloved winged friends.
A colony of Black-winged Stilt
A colony of Black-winged Stilt
There is a reason why I had less expectations, we usually hear from bird watchers in and around Bengaluru and have rarely heard of a city such as Davanagere for bird spotting. Winter is the best time for bird watching in Davanagere as the winged guests from far across the Himalayas visit here in search of food and tropical climate.
Was expecting to spot the migratory bar headed goose and waders along with the resident Kingfishers, Munias, Weaver bird, and Coucal. Though couldn't witness some of them but ended up spotting over 50 species of birds.
A little knowledge about these birds and a lots of patience can help spot many of these with a binocular or a camera with 250 mm lens.
Compared to birds in Bengaluru, here the birds were very shy and not used to humans approaching any near.

Sightings: 
In place of bar headed goose, sighted many species of water birds including the Cotton pygmy-goose, Garganey, Spot Billed duck, Northern Shoveler, Little grebe, Common Moorhen, Purple swamphen, Cormorants, Coot, and the waders Bronze-winged Jacana, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. Many of these I saw for the first time.

Here are some of the water birds I was able to capture:
Spot Billed duck
Spot Billed duck
Purple swamphen
Purple swamphen
Cotton pygmy-goose female
Cotton pygmy-goose female
Cotton pygmy-goose male with a characteristic black collar
Cotton pygmy-goose male with a characteristic black collar
Common coot
Common coot
A gulp of Cormorants
A gulp of Cormorants
Black-winged Stilt's along with Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Egret, & Purple swamphen
Black-winged Stilt's along with Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Egret, Coot, & Purple swamphen
And the waders:
Bronze-winged jacana
Bronze-winged jacana
Pheasant-tailed jacana
Pheasant-tailed jacana
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
And the Herons:
Grey Heron caught in flight
Grey Heron caught in flight
Pond Heron preparing to take flight
Pond Heron preparing to take flight
Purple Heron
Purple Heron

Continued...CLICK HERE for non water birds (Bird watching tour to Davanagere - Part II)

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