Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary Revisited

After the long non-photographic period of nearly 4 months, I was really eager to go out and do some serious meditation amidst the greens of Nature. My summer vacation has just begun and will end after a month. In the mean time, I have chalked out some plans to do some serious Bird-Watching and photography. One of the plans has already been executed.

On the night of 30th May, while I was watching some movie, Mr. Saha called and asked if I was free the following day. He asked me if I was interested in visiting some place for birding. I agreed without any hesitation. I barely slept that night.

The next day we went to Rabindra Sarover, a lake in the heart of the bustling city of Kolkata, where all we found were multi-colored Joggers actively jogging around. Some sluggishly loitering in the premises along the banks of the lake and some immersed in early morning romance.

After spotting a few Barbets, kingfishers and Sunbirds, which were really out of range and I only saw the Silhouettes, we headed out for our very own Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary.

The sky was partly cloudy, which made the day very hard in terms of Photography. To my surprise, a small part of the thickets which made some specific part of the Sanctuary impenetrable and housed some really rare gems of nature was cleaned. I was really angry seeing the casual reaction of the authorities as they claimed that the Mango-thieves cleaned it up to collect Mangoes.

The day was unfruitful but I got some birds and mammals and a reptile, yes reptile.

This was my first encounter with a Painted Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus). I am afraid of crawling things like snakes and cockroaches and spiders and centipedes and millipedes. But I somehow gathered a lot of courage and faced the snake. I took some photographs of which 90% were either shaken or dark or out of focus, credit goes to my shaking hands. The snake has a very slender body and it camouflaged pretty well. Mr. Saha spotted it as we heard some leaves rattle. It was slowly moving up a young plant and was awestruck finding itself getting photographed. The tree snake indeed made my day.

I look forward to visit this bird sanctuary again. It harbors some amazing species like Indian Pitta for example. Hope to see them some day. Till then here are some pictures from my recent visit.

Painted Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus)
Painted Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus)
Red whiskered Bulbul with nesting material in its mouth (cobweb)
Red whiskered Bulbul with nesting material in its mouth (cobweb)
Five-striped Palm Squirrel
Five-striped Palm Squirrel
ID unknown. Will update soon.
Common Duffer
Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)
Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)
Loxura atymnus, otherwise known as Yamfly.
Loxura atymnus, otherwise known as Yamfly.
Telamonia dimidiata popularly known as Two Striped Jumper
Telamonia dimidiata popularly known as Two Striped Jumper

An immature White Throated Fantail.

10 thoughts on “Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary Revisited

      1. Wow! That’s fantastic and congratulations. It is certainly worthy of the recognition. 😀

        We watched a 4-ft long rat snake out back yesterday, but I never did go get my camera. As for venomous variety, we have a miniature (and no less venomous, but considered harmless) version of your cobra, but only one to be concerned with here, only because people accidentally step on them: Copperhead. The other two will generally warn you when you’re too close: Cottonmouth and Rattlesnake. All other snakes here are harmless — few people ‘get’ that.

        Knowledge is key. You will find yourself much more confident the more you know about these beautiful creatures.

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      2. Cottonmouth and Rattlesnake. Woah! I have watched them on Animal Planet for years. Well, better keep them safe. It is sad how people kill snakes just by thinking they are venomous. People in India even kills Ratsnakes and Keelbacks. Even the cobras are considerate of whom to bite. Sadly enough the study of environment and its components is not a mandatory in elementary schooling.

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      3. My oldest has had to overcome his natural fear toward scuttling bugs (cockroaches, other beetles). Next month, his camp counselor job will be with lots of creepy crawlies. He has conquered his fear and won over my creepy-crawly heart!

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