White Breasted Kingfisher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

My last destination before lockdown!!

Reminiscing the good old days when we used to travel – sometimes planned sometimes impromptu. It has been more than 3 months at home. The things we can do is to plan, do virtual tours, read books or recall memories by looking at the photographs. So, today I was going through the last trip we did just before the lockdown was to Sinhagad Valley – Birders’ Paradise! This post is the combined experience of our multiple visits to Sinhagad valley.

Sinhagad Fort is the most popular tourist spot in Pune because of the stunning views and delicious Pithla Bhakri. Those who love trekking take the Sinhagad Paytha (Base) for starting their trek and the nature enthusiasts as well as Bird lovers choose to go to Sinhagad Valley. 

Yellow Bougainvillea, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Yellow Bougainvillea, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

Bird watching needs a lot of patience and determination. The story of the last visit to Sinhagad Valley is quite interesting! Do you remember Dalgona Coffee? Yes, I made the coffee on a Friday night which fortunately or unfortunately kept me awake for the whole night! We just love being in the lap of nature and mostly never miss a chance to get lost in the wilderness. So at 4 AM, this weird impromptu plan came on to my mind to go for bird watching and trust me that was the best decision! 

We have been there multiple times so without the second thought, we got ready in jiffy and loaded our camera gears. Super excited and without any plans we just started driving at 5 AM in pitch dark and it felt so good to go out so early. Empty streets, cool breeze, chirping birds and the fresh air motivated me to get up this early everyday! 

After parking the car, and a walk of half a km, we settled down at our favourite spot. As I said, patience is the key for bird-watching. Don’t get hyper, don’t move much, don’t talk loudly as it disturbs the birds. Sit at one place and if you can not capture in first go, don’t get upset as the birds frequently come to the same place. If you want to keep it in your heart forever, just take no photographs.

Scaly Breasted Munia, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Scaly Breasted Munia, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

Those who want to take photographs, there are a couple of spots where you can camouflage, sit and capture the beautiful feather friends. You can spot varied flycatcher, eagles, munias, monarch, pipit. If you are lucky you can spot so many bird species on your first visit. The valley is a hub for bird-watching. But the most gorgeous, popular and photogenic bird is The Asian Paradise Flycatcher which translates to एशियाई दिव्यलोकी कीटमार also known as दूधराज या सुल्ताना बुलबुल in hindi and स्वर्गीय नर्तक in marathi. It is so beautiful that seeing it for the first time seems like a dream! When it flies it feels like a feather floating in the air! The crown says it all…

Paradise Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Paradise Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Juvenile Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Juvenile Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

Did you know? Asian Paradise Flycatcher is the state bird of Madhya Pradesh.

You can enjoy the flora and fauna around the valley. The rising rays of sun bring all the joy. Birds start to come near water bodies to drink water and bathe.

The most playful and cute bird is the Female Red Breasted Flycatcher. It is quite camera-friendly and attention-seeker. LOL. Even if you try to capture the other birds it will come and pose and you won’t be able to resist but click. The male is shy but the bright blue color is worth clicking!

Female Red Breasted Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Female Red Breasted Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Red breasted Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Red breasted Flycatcher, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Red-Breasted Flycatcher in water, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Red-Breasted Flycatcher in water, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

Red vented Bulbul, Red Whiskered Bulbul are quite common on sight. 

Red Whiskered Bulbul drinking water, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Red Whiskered Bulbul drinking water, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

The Scaly Breasted Munias are too shy and they can be seen just for few minutes.

After some time we spotted Yellow wagtail. It spends a lot of time walking and running on the ground with its tail wagging from time to time.

Playful but shy Oriental White Eye is another beautiful creature. As the name suggests, you can see a perfect white circle around its eyes. So pretty!

This fluffy ball is so cute!

If you are fortunate, you can capture Owls, Serpent Eagle, Shikra, Rufous Treepie, Scaly Breasted Munias. We also spotted Serpent Eagle’s huge nest!

Have you seen Angry Bird in real life? Here you go….This little naughty creature has the natural angry face! This is fantail for you. Haha…

The most sweet vocal artist is the Oriental Magpie Robin. The day starts with it singing in multiple voices. It is purely magical. 

There are other birds also which are gorgeous and you are lucky enough to capture them.

Also, past 9 AM, you can see a group of langurs coming. 

Langur, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Langur, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

After so many visits, we realised there is a certain time range when you can see particular birds. It is surprising, but that is our observation. 

Bougainvillea, Sinhagad Valley, Pune
Bougainvillea, Sinhagad Valley, Pune

There was not much activity after 10 AM so we left, had breakfast on the way and this sudden plan to Sinhagad Valley was the last visit to any destination before lockdown. I can’t wait for everything to get back to normal so that I can again see my feather friends. 

59 thoughts on “My last destination before lockdown!!

  1. Your love for nature and birds is evident from this post. Brilliant photography, Madam..!! Loved the details and the precision of your photographs.. 😊😊
    Hope to learn some of that skill from you.. 😊😊 I loved the photos of the Asian flycatcher and the langoor. I like langoors and not the monkeys, which are irritating and can prove to be vermin sometimes.
    Great work, Madam..!! Waiting for your Friday post.. 😊😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Abir. I am glad you liked the photos and the details. Asian Paradise Flycatcher is beautiful!

      Yeah….You will see it tomorrow. I am so glad you await for the Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday. 😊

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  2. Beautiful birds wonderfully photographed. I’ve never seen such beautiful birds outside of captivity. How lucky to get to see them in the wild. The Paradise Flycatcher is especially wonderful.

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    1. Haha…Yes, one needs a lot of patience for Bird Photography. We still are in shutdown 😦 But I am helping myself by going through the photos of the trip. Thank you dear! 😊

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  3. Beautiful …… the birds and photographs. It’s just the place I would love to go to. The Asian Flycatcher is really attractive. Hope to visit this place someday soon 🙂 I like all the cute, roundy-poundy birds that you saw. They are a fun to watch and just like you said oodles of patience pays

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    1. Thank you Monika. I am glad you liked it. 😊 We too love Sinhagad Valley. Hai na!? Asian Paradise Flycatcher takes my heart away, everytime! Haha…Those fluff balls are so cute. I want to pick them up and pamper. LOL.

      Bird photography boosts your patience! Thank you once again, dear! 😊

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  4. Oh wow! Amazing photos. The red breasted fly catcher reminds me of a robin.

    I am planning to take my son bird watching next week. It will be my first “proper” trip out since lockdown began (not including local walk). I’m even more excited after looking at your stunning photos.

    Thank you for sharing with #AdventureCalling. Truly lovely.

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  5. Wow! I love your photographs, I think my favourite was the Oriental White eye. Lots of incredible pretty birds. Fingers crossed it won’t be too long before you can go on adventures again.
    #AdventureCalling

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    1. Thank you dear! I am glad you liked the photographs! All the birds are so beautiful. Oriental White Eye is gorgeous too. 😍😍 Yeah….Can’t wait to travel again! Thank you for your kind words. ❤

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  6. Hi Nachi,

    Ver interesting travel blog you have here.
    I’ve been meaning to come by for a while.

    Taking off for a birding trip in the wee hours of the morning on a whim sounds so much fun.

    In work in the wildlife-eco travel sector, and still learning the ropes of birding.
    I’ve taken to it recently with my 12 year old.

    Your sightings are fabulous. 🙂
    Would love to have you join us sometime on #WordlessWednesday

    https://natashamusing.com/category/wordlesswednesday/

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    1. Thank you Natasha! I am glad you liked my blog.
      Bird-watching is a great stress buster! Birding needs a whole lot of patience which we eventually learn. It is all about perseverance and persistence. Thank you so much for your kind words. ❤

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