Sunday, March 10, 2013

Trip to Nagzira


I recently visited Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. I have been doing treks so far and had visited a jungle only once. Since my last jungle visit was to Melghat, some years back, and we had not had much sightings of mammals / birds / butterflies, I was curious about what wild life we would see there.

Parth, Pranav, Aditya and myself had decided to visit Nagzira along with Abhijit, and his family. 4 of us went from Pune and all of us met at Gondia, near Nagpur. Pune Bilaspur Express - 12850 is very convenient for those who want to start from Pune. It leaves at 5:40 pm and reaches Gondia Junction around 11:30am the next day. We started from Pune on 22nd Feb 2013 and met Abhijit, his wife Dhanashree, son Sanskar and his mother on 23rd. From Gondia Abhijit had arranged for a private vehicle to reach the Sanctuary. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach the main gate of the sanctuary.  After having lunch in Gondia, we reached at the gate around 2:20pm.

The sanctuary gate opens twice a day when the cars / jeeps can enter inside, in the morning around 6 and in afternoon at 3. The morning slot for the safari is from 6:30 till 11:30, the afternoon slot is from 3 to 6.

There is a loghut and some rooms available for stay, inside the sanctuary. These are the best places to live, since you live inside the jungle, you can start safari exactly at 6:30am / 3pm, directly go in the core zones. Else it takes some time to reach the enquiry room from the gate, it is around 11 kms. The guides who accompany you from the gate, gets the zone assigned to your vehicle from the enquiry counter. The zones A / B are given to the vehicles, generally alternately so that you get a chance to see all the trails.. From 23rd to 26th Feb, we took 6 rides in all, got equal rides in both the zones.

We started back from the sanctuary on 26th, after the morning ride, took Vidarbha Express around 3pm from Gondia to Nagpur and then Garibrath Express around 6:35pm from Nagpur to Pune, reached Pune by 10 in the morning.

In all we heard or saw around 50 bird species, few mammals in the sanctuary. Only 4 of us were fortunate to see a Tiger. But ultimately it was a good trip since we got see such variety of wildlife in such a short time.

See photos here

Birdlist
  1. Black Hooded Golden Oriole
  2. Spotted Dove
  3. Rufus Tree Pie
  4. Paradise Flycatcher
  5. Lesser Goldenback Woodpecker
  6. Rose Ringed Parakeet
  7. Red Spurfowl
  8. Indian Peafowl / Mor (in Marathi)
  9. Oriental Honey Buzzard - light morph
  10. Jungle Babbler
  11. Crow Pheasant / Bharadwaj (in Marathi)
  12. Indian Roller / Neelpankh (in Marathi)
  13. Plum Headed Parakeet
  14. Yellow Footed Green Pigeon / Hariyal (in Marathi) - Maharashtra's state bird
  15. Crested Serpent Eagle
  16. Changeable Hawk Eagle
  17. White Eye / Chashmawala (in Marathi)
  18. Common Kingfisher / Small Blue Kingfisher
  19. Green Bee Eater / Veda Raghu (in Marathi)
  20. Grey Hornbill
  21. Indian Common Myna / Salunki (in Marathi)
  22. Grey Headed Fish Eagle
  23. Black Drongo / Kotwal (in Marathi)
  24. Racket Tailed Drongo
  25. White Bellied Drongo
  26. White Cheeked Barbet
  27. Shikra
  28. Brain Fever Bird
  29. Coppersmith Barbet / Tambat (in Marathi)
  30. Grey Wagtail
  31. Intermediate Egret
  32. Red Throat-ed Flycatcher
  33. Asian Brown Flycatcher
  34. Red Wattled Lapwing
  35. Yellow Throat-ed Sparrow
  36. Brahmani Myna / Brahmani Starling
  37. Red Vented Bulbul
  38. Chestnut Shouldered Petronia
  39. Magpie Robin
  40. Indian Robin
  41. Brown Capped Pigmy Woodpecker
  42. White Eyed Buzzard
  43. Rufus Turtle Dove
  44. Tickle's Blue Flycatcher
  45. Orange Headed Ground Thrush
  46. White Breasted Kingfisher / Khandya (in Marathi)
  47. Jungle Owlet (Malabaricum)
  48. Iora / Subhag (in Marathi)
  49. Pied Kingfisher
  50. Common Hoopoe
  51. Black Naped Monarch / Neelmani (in Marathi)
  52. White Rumped Shama
  53. Nightjar
  54. Leaf Bird
  55. Brown Headed Barbet
  56. Chestnut Tailed Starling

Mammals
  1. Gaur / Gava (in Marathi)
  2. Spotted Deer / Chital (in Marathi)
  3. Sambar
  4. Black Langoor
  5. Nilgai
  6. Mongoose
  7. Sloth Bear
  8. Wild Boar

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