Photographing Waders from Airoli Bridge using a Mirror Lens

AIROLI 19.147500°N 72.987222°E

Flamingos are seen on the mudflats along the Thane Creek in Mumbai. The flyover between Mulund and Airoli (Airoli Bridge) serves as a good vantage point. Waders like Redshanks, Godwits and Gulls & Terns are some of the other species found here.

The Gull-billed Tern, Gelochelidon nilotica

The mangroves along the Thane Creek, at Airoli are being destroyed. And the land reclaimed.

We saw them chop off the mangroves with axes in an attempt to reclaim the land for ‘development’. Truckloads of debris were being brought in and dumped into the leveled marsh every ten minutes.  Acres and acres of mangroves have been destroyed. Skyscrapers and highways shall replace them.

“It is still a good habitat for birds”, said the BNHS guide “but for how long?”

Highways and skyscrapers would have replaced all of these mangroves by the year 2020. Perhaps even earlier.

The Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo

The Asian Brown Flycatcher, Muscicapa dauurica

The Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren-Warbler, Prinia socialis

The Asian Pied Starling, Gracupica contra, also known as Pied Myna

“Abroad, birdwatchers get together, pool in their money and buy mangroves and other wasteland that are good habitats for birds and ensure that nobody destroys it. If we want to do something similar, we can, but we don’t want to! Nobody seems to have the time! Everybody is content living in their own little worlds.”

And a whole flock of Redshanks sat at he edge of a little pond:

The Spotted Redshank, Tringa erythropus

“I’ve never seen more than one Redshank at a time. I’ve seen one at Sewri, and the one from the bridge today…” I told the guide.

“Yes, that’s right. They come here and disperse! Now it is time for them to fly back. So they are regrouping!”

“Where do they go?”

“To the Himalayas!”

And here are some of the photos taken atop the Airoli Bridge:

The Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa (above and below)

Plovers, Stints, Redshanks etc. all along the mudflats:

A Gull here and a Gull there:




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24 responses to “Photographing Waders from Airoli Bridge using a Mirror Lens

  1. that’s quite the little niche you have going on, nice blog!!!

  2. Birds have personalities. Not many understand that. I LOVE all of these photos and your story. You do beautiful work. 🙂 Have a fun week.

  3. Dew

    OMG 🙂 this is heavenly… thanks for leaving the URL. I get a lot of inspiration from these tiny little creatures.

    Great pics….

  4. Such beautiful creatures shown on these blog posts – and captured so vividly with your camera.
    (I have a friend who simply couldn’t read your blog – she suffers from ornithophobia.)

  5. brilliant captures!
    sad to read about ‘development’ though..

  6. It is marvellous blog. It will help who uses mirror lenses for photography.

    – Pradeep

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  8. Banno

    Lovely blog, mach 3. Wish I could migrate to the Himalayas, too, seasonally. 🙂

  9. Wow, your pics are amazing

  10. beautiful! u r a true bird lover!

  11. Nice Pic, You have a good collections

  12. I finally found this blog of yours and enjoyed your write up and photos immensely. You have managed to capture some lovely shots of beautiful birds that wets my appetite to try harder to capture more. It is a shame that so many of us humans do not respect nature and the needs of other creatures to survive! But I shall try to spread the word in my own little way and hope that others will join me to make this wondreful world of ours all the better by preserving nature and the habitats that support the flora and fauna that support us!

  13. Leena M

    Thanks, Have always wanted to know more about these birds which I see from the Airoli bridge on my to office everyday. Can you give us some information about how we could reach there to watch & photograph these birds?

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