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Flamingo-Watching in Bhigwan, India

Flamingo-Watching in Bhigwan, India

Harshita Kulkarni dedicates every other year to travel. Prioritizing travel both nationally and internationally, she traveled to Sri Lanka, Ajmer, and Daman among many others in 2015, using most of her long weekends and really, any free time she got. She’s lost count of how many new places she’s traveled to this year, including Kabini, Kochi and Hampi. Here, she takes off to Bhigwan in Maharashtra, India to see Greater Flamingos (and many other bird species) in their natural habitat. Luckily for us, she took her camera along.
 Black-Winged Stilt

Black-Winged Stilt

Harshita and her friend Kamlakshi left from home at 4 am to be able to reach just in time for sunrise at 6 am.

 Painted Stork

Painted Stork

Bhigwan is a small dusty town on the border of Pune and Solapur in Central Maharashtra, India. It is famous for bird-watching, especially Pink Flamingos, during their migratory season in betvween November to December.

 Greater Flamingos

Greater Flamingos

They explored in a hand-rowed boat, and spent hours taking it all in. Motor boats are avoided as they disturb the birds.

 Greater Flamingos

Greater Flamingos

 Greater Flamingos in Flight

Greater Flamingos in Flight

 (L-R) Black-Headed Ibis and Open-Billed Stork

(L-R) Black-Headed Ibis and Open-Billed Stork

At Bhigwan, many kinds of DucksHeronsEgretsRaptors and Waders along with flocks of hundreds of flamingos. The variety of birds at Bhigwan creates spectacular photographic opportunities for wildlife photographers, and attracts travelers, nature lovers and bird-enthusiasts from all over.

 Greater Flamingos

Greater Flamingos

Photos by Harshita Kulkarni and Kamalakshi Kashalikar. Thanks, guys!

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