Bird watching at Sewri, Mumbai, India on 19 Feb’11

I started my bird watching escapades at Sewri on the 15th of November 2009. I knew neither a bird nor a bee back then. This morning, I surprised myself by being able to identify almost all of the birds that we came across. I was hoping to photograph at least one bird that I hadn’t come across as yet. It didn’t happen. We spotted a Green Heron in flight; I didn’t manage a photo though. The number of Flamingos had significantly reduced from last year. And no Grey Herons.

A significant number of people assembled along the jetty to seek the guidance of the experts that BNHS had on offer. Almost three to three and a half times more than November 2009.

Perhaps Vijay Mallya instructed this Kingfisher to camp close to shore for everyone to see. It just sat there on a rope, about fifteen feet away from us:

We saw plenty of Spotted Redshanks, Tringa erythropus:

The Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa:

The Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius:

The Little Stint, Calidris or Erolia Minuta:

The Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola:

Little Egret Egretta garzetta:

Juvenile Flamangos:

A whole flock of Stints, Plovers, Sandpipers etc. chill out on the polluted mudflats at Sewri.

I have encountered all these birds before between November 2009 and March 2010. We saw a couple of Oriental White Ibis flying about and the Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis, also known as the Western Reef Egret. And that’s about it.




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13 responses to “Bird watching at Sewri, Mumbai, India on 19 Feb’11

  1. that kingfisher pic is brilliant!

  2. You are becoming quite an adept bird waqtcher as well as accomplished bird photographer. I am sadly lacking in collecting and posting photographs in recent times so have to catch up with you in your knowledge of birds and photography. Keep up the good work and you will have to show me how to start a blog and a web page similar to yours.
    Best Wishes and look forward to seeing you soon.

  3. Taher K

    That is a good account, and you kept yourself strictly on the birds while recounting the experience.

  4. The kingfisher looks gorgeous!!!!! Vijay Mallya chose well!

  5. Pingback: Birdwatching in Benaulim, Goa, dec.11 | bird photography with a mirror lens

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