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Old 23rd March 2011, 00:12   #1
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Bhigwan – The Bharatpur of Maharashtra through my lenses

I have been planning to go to Bhigwan for a long time for wetland birds. Finally, on March 17, 2011 decided to go Bhigwan on March 19, 2011 as the programme for Airoli got cancelled. Started for Pune on March 18, 2011 after office at 1800 hrs from Fort, Mumbai. Traffic was as usual on Friday evening. As lots of flyover came and coming, so the traffic condition is improving. Presently, right turn at Chembur is blocked, while going to Pune. So, need to go via Mankhurd for Vashi, Panvel and Pune. It took two hours to touch Express highway with my Beloved zoom machine (Honda City –ivtec). Got cheated by a petrol pump at Sanpada (Location: Once crossed Sanpada signal on the highway, it is on the left side, the Bharat Petroleum one). Anyways! Reached express highway at 7.55 p.m. and then it took just one hour five minutes to cross express highway to Pune (another petrol break, as i heard, there is nothing at Bhigwan). Reached home (my in-laws house) exactly at 9.55 p.m. As planned, Dinner was ready (Mutton Curry, Salad, Roti and rice with Papad) and by 11.00 p.m. went to bed. Asked my elder daughter Sakshi (5 years old), whether she wants to join? Then, i explained her that she has to get up at 3.30 and get ready. Otherwise, she has to be with her grand mother. She said she wants to join and experience the boat ride and flamingo watching. Everything was set to get up at 3.15 a.m. and start for Bhigwan at 4.00 a.m. to reach there before sunrise. First Alarm bell rang at 3.10 a.m. and then the second one at 3.15 a.m. With lots of hesitant (previous day long office hours and three and half hours drive) got up because the nature and wildlife hobby is so strong that my sleep could not overshadowed it. Wifey made tea and we all (me, wifey, Sakshi, Kavya (daughter, 2 and half years) and my brother-in-law got ready. Bro-in-law knows the road, so, we did not have problem to catch Solapur highway from Uttam Nagar, Khadakwasla, Pune. Reached Solapur highway. As expected full of trucks, somehow managed to drive through. Reached Bhigwan at 6.45 a.m. Took left turn just after Bhigwan Bus stop towards Diksal, which is where all the wetland birds are there.

Bhigwan is a small dusty town on the border of Pune and Solapur district. It is located on the Pune-Solapur Highway. The distance from Pune and Bhigwan is around 105 km. The birding place is called Diksal village.
Bhigwan to Diksal is just 2 k.m. Reached Diksal exactly at 6.55 a.m. Saw lots of birds like, Strokes, egrets, spoon bills etc. Then started searching for a boat near the village. It is just a group of 10-15 families, who catch fish in the backwater. After hunting for 15-20 minutes managed to hire a boat @ Rs. 500 for two and half hours.

We board the boat, hand rowed by a lady and her neice came with us. The journey began. Photos Now.

Great Egret in action.

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My best shot of this trip I

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Best Shot II - Rudy Shellduck

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Female Northern Shoveler


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Birds i saw at Bhigwan.
1. Great Egret
2. Rudy Shellducks
3. Open bill Stroke
4. Greater Flamingos (two nos)
5. Juvenile (5 Nos)
6. Female Northern Shoveler
7. Purple Swamphen
8. Waders
9. Common Terns
10. Gulls
11. Grey Heron
12. Pond Heron
13. Eurasion spoonbills
14. On more bird (Water ducks in Marathi Pan Komdi)
15. Common Kingfisher (could not capture)


Hope you will like it.

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Old 23rd March 2011, 00:23   #2
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Beautiful! Very nice pictures.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 00:37   #3
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Nice travelog, Beautiful pics. Whνch gear you use for photography. Keem photo coming. I copied your thread in my travel destination folder.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 10:04   #4
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Beautiful! Very nice pictures.
THank you so much for liking.

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Nice travelog, Beautiful pics. Whνch gear you use for photography. Keem photo coming. I copied your thread in my travel destination folder.
Thanks for your appreciation. Do visit this place. There is nothing in that village other than dust and these beautiful birds. People catch fish called 'CHILAPI' (do not know the english name). Hand rowing boats by ladies to reach near to those beautiful birds. However, redevelopment is taking the tool, variety of birds have reduced over the years, do not know the fate in future. I use Canon Body 550D & 7D with 100-400 L IS USM, 55-250 IS and 18-55 IS.

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do not know the fate in future.

@subrat,
nice pics.
Bhigwan is @20km away from the place from where i am typing this post.

Due to water pollution created by pune and pimpri chinchwad, i am sure, there will be no birds within next five years at bhigwan.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 10:18   #6
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@subrat,
nice pics.
Bhigwan is @20km away from the place from where i am typing this post.

Due to water pollution created by pune and pimpri chinchwad, i am sure, there will be no birds within next five years at bhigwan.
Absolutely, you are right. Water pollution and the redevelopment of the road. Earlier, the road used to be narrow.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 14:21   #7
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The second instalment.


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@Subrat
Great pictures. Must be about time for you to be soon looking out for the stripes this summer.
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@Subrat: Excellent photography. Bhigwan is a dream place to shoot for bird watchers!
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I must admit that though the place is just half hour drive for me, i never visited that place to watch the birds though i go to Bhigwan n times.

''Gharki murgi daal barabar.''

May be i will go there to watch the birds if there is Team-bhp pune chapter meet.

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I must admit that though the place is just half hour drive for me, i never visited that place to watch the birds though i go to Bhigwan n times.

''Gharki murgi daal barabar.''

May be i will go there to watch the birds if there is Team-bhp pune chapter meet.
Why dont we make the next mega meet at Bhigwan, the last one being at Kaas? Would that scare the birds away?
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Why dont we make the next mega meet at Bhigwan, the last one being at Kaas? Would that scare the birds away?
Oh, Bhigwan is very small town, do not have any good hotels etc to support the mega meet.
The place is for enthusiastic bird watchers who don't mind any hardship at that place.

Btw, its six months since last megameet at kaas happened, time to plan next megameet but its subject of other thread.


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Lovely shots. What is the best time of year to visit this place?

What do you mean hand rowed? Without any paddles?
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Great pictures. Must be about time for you to be soon looking out for the stripes this summer.
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Rotting in Mega metro like Mumbai. April 2-4, 2011: Pench (all set. Bookings done). If my promotional interview comes on Apr 6-7, i have to cancel. Keeping my finger crossed? May 23-June 5, 2011, my leave starts and Kanha and Bandhavgarh at least one week.

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@Subrat: Excellent photography. Bhigwan is a dream place to shoot for bird watchers!
Thanks! It is a great place for birdwatching.

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Lovely shots. What is the best time of year to visit this place?

What do you mean hand rowed? Without any paddles?
Best time of the year starts from November to May, when migratory birds start coming in November and went back by May end. Reach as early as possible in the morning.

There are no paddle boat or engine boats.
Thanks for your appreciation.
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Brilliant pics, Subrat. Thanks to BHPians, we are geeting to know new places to explore.
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