Bird photography at the Godrej Mangroves in Vikhroli


The Yellow-vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier

The Godrej family owns 2,000 odd acres of Mangroves at Vikhroli in Mumbai.

“This is Avicennia Marina or Grey Mangroves”, said the BNHS guide pointing out to the bushes sprouting out of the marsh.

The Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus axillaris or Australian Black-shouldered Kite

Avicennia Marina is the most common mangrove that grows in Mumbai and all of India. It does not mind the highly saline waters. And the polluted air.

“This is one of the best habitat that I have seen”, said one of the members. And indeed – it is.

206 species of birds have been spotted along these Mangroves. We came across about 5. Yellow-vented Bulbuls were spotted in large numbers. VERY large numbers.

(Above and Below) The Long-tailed Shrike or the Rufous-backed Shrike, Lanius schach

On the way out, we spotted this Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith, Megalaima haemacephala




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10 responses to “Bird photography at the Godrej Mangroves in Vikhroli

  1. Not long ago I read Maximum City by Suketu Mehta. It made me realise how little I knew about Mumbai/Bombay. Your photos also allow me another little glimpse into your fascinating country

  2. As expected, lovely shots of some difficult subjects with a difficult lens to handle. Thank you for sharing these with us.

  3. That last one is a really pretty little bird

  4. Hi,

    My friend Amit Deshmukh sent me a link to your website today. I’m an avid birdwatcher from Mumbai and I now live in the Netherlands. Loved all the bird pictures you’ve posted on your blog….the ones from the mud flats around the city are lovely. I used to visit the Sewri mudflats often to photograph the flamingoes.
    Lots of canals in the Netherlands so we see a lot of ducks, gulls and swans…..just like some of the pictures you’ve posted.
    If you check the links on my blog you can view my pictures too.


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