Trip Details

Ambazari Lake and Garden
Rohit Charpe
Trip Date:
Jan 3, 2012 From 07:20 am To 10:00 am
Total Species Seen:
Dear all, i went to ambazari lake after so many months. I was sad to see so much polllution there. The most saddening part was to see 3 pond heron carcasses. it appeared to be as they were hunted by other birds (birds of prey) as there were signs of conflicts. Moving ahead saw for the first time 7 green bee eaters rosting . It was wonderful to see them in real. The lake was full of Northern Shovellers. As compared to last year shovellers have arrived here in large numbers along with red crested pochards and ruddy shelducks. I was expecting to see cotton pygmy goose which were no where to be seen. I was lucky as always to be accompanied by hares in the dry areas exactly opposite to lake along with one monitor lizard which was just going inside the tree trunk. Most surprising and lucky sighting was of a bittern. i was talking on the phone just near the reeds suddenly when a yellow bird (bittern like) thing flew across the greens in front of me. It was so close to me that i could see its every barring. suddenly it disappeared in the reeds. I confirmed myself that it was cinnamon bittern since i saw cinnamon bittern at the same spot during my last visit in august there. The current bittern was so camouflaged that i couldnt see it until it moved its neck in forward direction. Just managed to get a record shot of it. I was not sure that it was yellow bittern. So i posted its pic as cinnamon bittern. Tarique Sir questioned that it can be a Yellow Bittern Juvenile as well. so i posted the same pic on indian birds there some experts confirmed that it is Yellow Bittern Female. I was lucky to see so many species on that dull day. by dull i meant i had a thinking that u cannot see many birds when its overcast but this day changed my thinking and provided me a great experience.

Bird's list for the trip

  • Grebes, Cormorants

    • Indian Cormorant
    • Little Cormorant
    • Little Grebe
  • Herons, Egrets, Storks

    • Asian Openbill
    • Black-crowned Night Heron
    • Cattle Egret
    • Indian Pond Heron
    • Intermediate Egret
    • Large Egret
    • Purple Heron
    • Woolly-necked Stork
    • Yellow Bittern
  • Ibises, Ducks, Geese

    • Garganey
    • Northern Shoveler
    • Red-crested Pochard
    • Ruddy Shelduck
    • Spot-billed Duck
  • Birds of Prey

    • Black-Winged Kite
    • Osprey
  • Partridges, Junglefowl

    • Common Quail
  • Rails, Crakes

    • Common Coot
    • Purple Swamphen
  • Jacanas, Snipes, Sandpipers

    • Black-winged Stilt
    • Bronze winged Jacana
    • Common Sandpiper
    • Little Ringed Plover
    • Pheasant tailed Jacana
    • Red-wattled Lapwing
    • Wood Sandpiper
    • Yellow-wattled Lapwing
  • Gulls, Terns, Sandgrouse

    • Whiskered Tern
  • Pigeons, Doves

    • Blue rock Pigeon
    • Eurasian Collared Dove
    • Laughing Dove
  • Parakeets

    • Alexandrine Parakeet
    • Plum-headed Parakeet
    • Rose ringed Parakeet.
  • Cuckoos

    • Asian Koel
  • Swifts

    • House Swift.
  • Kingfishers

    • Common Kingfisher
    • Pied Kingfisher
    • White-breasted Kingfisher
  • Bee-Eaters

    • Green Bee-eater
  • Rollers, Hoopoes

    • Common Hoopoe
    • Indian Roller
  • Swallows

    • Barn Swallow
    • Dusky Crag Martin
    • Red-rumped Swallow
    • Wire-tailed Swallow
  • Shrikes, Orioles, Drongos

    • Black Drongo
    • Long-tailed Shrike
  • Starlings (Mynas)

    • Asian Pied Starling
    • Brahminy Starling
  • Crows, Treepies

    • House Crow
  • Ioras, Leafbirds, Bulbuls

    • Red-vented Bulbul
  • Babblers

    • Common Babbler
    • Jungle Babbler
    • Yellow-eyed Babbler
  • Warblers

    • Ashy Prinia
    • Clamorous Reed Warbler
    • Jungle Prinia
    • Plain Prinia
  • Chats, Thrushes

    • Common Stonechat
    • Pied Bushchat
  • Pipits, Wagtails

    • Grey Wagtail
    • Paddyfield Pipit
    • White Wagtail
    • White-browed Wagtail
    • Yellow Wagtail
  • Flowerpeckers, Sunbirds

    • Purple Sunbird
    • Purple-rumped Sunbird
  • Sparrows, Buntings

    • Baya Weaver