Exotic Birds in RanganThittu Bird Sanctuary

Spoonbill on penanceI recently had a chance to visit the “Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary” which is also known as “Pakshi Kashi” of Karnataka is in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. It is on a gorge formed in the river Cauvery and comprises six islets. Ranganthittu is located at 3 kilometers away from the historic island town of Srirangapatna and about 16 kilometres north of Mysore. It is an important bird sanctuary of India.

Threesome Painted Storks of RanganThittuMany birds notably, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher, egrets, cormorants, Oriental Darter, and herons breed here regularly. The Great Stone Plover, and River Tern also nest here. More than 30 species of birds are found here during the peak season which is from January to October. About 50 pelicans have made Ranganathittu as their permanent home. (Gleaned from Wikipedia)

The park is home to a large flock of Streak-throated Swallows. I had the luck of photographing the muddy nest being built by the flock of those cute little swallows under a rock protruding in the riven which was in a low tide, as it were.

Here are those shots in an album.

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