Saturday, May 11, 2013

Summer Time Birding at Kanha

I find summer time birding most fruitful contrary to the popular belief. Due to thin canopy and breeding season birding watching is fun. I have also conducted tours at Kanha and Bandhavgarh in summer with great success.  

This is an ideal time for bird photography since many birds court, breed and nest in this period.Me and my friend have successfully filmed and photographed breeding biology of Asian Paradise Flycatcher in Jabalpur. Dr. Dilip Katiyar is an accomplished photographer.  

Incidentally summer is the best time for animal or tiger photography in Kanha National Park and other tiger reserves in MP. Due to scarcity of wetlands animals congregrate in the core zone of the park near water holes providing photographers with ideal photo opportunity.  

Summer birding is a rising concept. Bird photography and sightings are the best. Recently I was at accommodation in Kanha where I work as birding and nature guide. In two days time I could sight more than fifty species in the surrounding habitat of fields, forests and wetland. 

Thanks to a better infrastructure one can travel to Kanha or Bandhavgarh in summers. Flight or AC train travel, air conditioned taxi, air conditioned rooms all save one from the summer heat. The early morning safaris are cool and so are the late evening safaris.  

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