Bhigwan is a small town approx. 110 kms from Pune on the Pune – Solapur road (NH-9) and is surrounded by the backwaters of the mighty Ujjani Dam on the river Bhima. It is a proposed sanctuary for migratory birds, an area of about 18000 hectares. The backwater area is spread across and around the town of Bhigwan……..This is probably the best spot in South Central India to see ducks in enormous numbers.
Bhigwan is a heaven for wintering waterfowl like the Spoonbills, Gulls, Ducks, Storks, Herons, Egrets, Coots, Pochards, Harriers, Osprey and a huge variety of waders and birds like Pratincoles, Pipits, Larks, Chats etc that abound in the surrounding dry countryside…..a small population of Greater flamingos, also winter here regularly and can be presently seen.....there is also a huge colony of Painted storks (believed to be in few thousands) roosting and nesting near "Badalwadi"…… Being an open habitat, it is also very easy to spot the birds and for photography.
With most of the waterbodies drying up elsewhere, Bhigwan remains as a stronghold for wintering migrants till the end of March. It is one of the best places in Maharashtra to see Comb Ducks, Painted Storks, Brahminy Ducks, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Eurasian Spoonbills, Small Pratincoles, Eurasian Wigeons, Common Teals, Northern Shovellers, Northern Pintails, Common Pochards etc. A weekend trip to this "now famous" wetland is highly recommended to view and learn about birds.
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Tour Iterinary & Other Details:
Dates:12th Feb 2011 (Saturday) Morning 6.30 AM to 13th Feb 2011 (Sunday) 10.00 PM.
Mode of Travel: Non AC Minibus
12th Feb'11: Mor. 6.30 AM departure from Mumbai (from Dadar Chandu Halwai - Dadar East) – Sion - Chembur -- Vashi (Breakfast at Hotel Navratna) – Belapur -- Pune – Solapur Road – Lunch at Bhigwan - Birdwatching in evening at Diksal, Bhigwan – Eve. proceed to Hotel Amardeep– Revision & Discussion on Birds – Delicious dinner- Overnight Stay
13th Feb'11: Early morning (6.00 AM) checkout from Hotel Amardeep and departure to Bhigwan – Birdwatching at Kumbhargaon & Dhalaaj , Bhigwan – "Mouth watering" Lunch at Hotel Sagar, Bhigwan at 1.30 PM (a-la-carte) – Start at 2.30 PM to return back to Mumbai – reach Mumbai at approx. 9.30 PM.
This does not include any charges other than the above.
Resource Persons: Mr. Adesh Shivkar / Mr. Mandar Khadilkar
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Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar
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