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Birding in Vetal Hill / ARAI Pune

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Birding in Vetal Hill / ARAI Pune:

The onset of monsoons made Pune greener all again, which inspired me to explore Vetal Tekdi (hill) again.
This place has never disappointed me in-terms of the bird activity or the nature it has to offer. I started my walk from the ARAI towards the quarry.
There was not much of bird activity this time as it was already past 7.30 a.m & to start with, there was a lone little Grebe in the Quarry pond, some Egrets flying over, Cormorants resting on the trees & Indian Robins prowling on the grounds. A little further there were the aerial hunters, the green bee-eaters and the white throated Kingfishers perched over the branches & twigs above the pond in search of its prey, and there were the Ashy Prinias with their tail held upright & continuous tee-tee-tee calls.
It was a sluggish start, before I went off the beaten track, which was very much secluded and almost no human interference. I was greeted by a pretty little pair of Small Minivets.…