There are list of most unique wildlife places around Pune which are perfect destination for bird watcher and hikers. Wildlife Sanctuaries near Pune includes Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary,Koyna wildlife sanctuary and Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. Visited the Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary and Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary over the weekend, here are some random clicks of bird watching.
Bhigwan Town is known as mini Bharatpur or Bharatpur of Maharashtra, famous for bird watching especially flamingo. The small dusty town of Bhigwan has the backwaters of Ujani dam and gives sighting of many variety of birds such as flamingos,Ducks, Herons,Raptors and Waders.
Village: Diksal Village
Dam : Ujani Dam Backwater
Things to Carry – DSLR Camera, Binocular and Water Bottle
Best Time to Visit: January to March
One can also visit post March but because of heat, its going to be very difficult to focus. However last of June and first week of July are also good time to visit Bhigwan but the number of bird species are decreased.
How To Reach Bhigwan
Pune to Bhigwan Distance by Road- 110 kms
Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the smallest wildlife sanctuary located in Baramati Tehsil of Pune district. The sanctuary has coverage area of 5.14 Sq KM and has beautiful grasslands and desert areas, also popular for its birds and wildlife population of Indian Gazelle and Indian Wolf.
Entry Fee: 30 INR Per Person
Four Wheeler: 100 Per Vehicle
Camera: 50 Per Camera
Best Time to Visit: January to July
Distance: 75 km From Pune
Bird Species: Sandgrouse,Snake Eagle,Partridge and Black Winged Kite.
Wild Animals: Indian Gazelle, Striped Hyena,Indian Wolf and Indian Jackal.
Travel Map From Pune
Pune – 75 km
Baramati – 41 km
Satara – 88 km
Mumbai – 220 km
Kumbhar Gaon is now known as Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary is one of the two place near Ujani dam backwaters for Birdwatching, Diksal (Bhigwan) being the other. Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary is the main stop for wonderful water birds such as Flamingoes,Grey heron,Painted stork,Brown Headed Gull,Red naped Ibis, Little Ringed Plover and Osprey fish eating bird of prey.
There are many species of Ducks, Herons, Egrets, Waders and Bird of Prey along with flocks of hundreds of flamingos. Most common birds are Painted Storks,Grey Heron, River Tern,Spoonbill and Flamingos.
Black Winged Stilt
Red Naped Ibis
Black Winged Stilt
Spot Billed Duck
Black Headed Ibis
Indian Bush Lark
Indian Pond Heron
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Red Wattled Lapwing
Black Tailed Godwits
Greater Spotted Eagle
Wire Tailed Swallow
Common Blue Kingfisher
Black Crowned Night Herons
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