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.