Point Calimere has been one of those places where, one is supposed to see waders, big and small, lots and lots of them. I think I saw larger colonies of waders in Pallikaranai than I did in Point Calimere, this season. So, what is wrong?
Seshadri KS was there in November 2011 and witnessed how bird ringing is done, with Dr Bala. He also saw a bar-tailed godwit, the long distance champion in the bird world. I didn't but Keertana, one of the children in our group did!
|The white dots in the distance were gulls and a few egrets.|
|These looked like little stints but were too far away. Every now and then, they would take off in unison, and treat us to this lovely sight of a spontaneous, synchronised air show!|
|Black-winged stilts - I think the only ones I saw. Supposedly found in large numbers in Calimere earlier. Are they all stopping over at Pallikaranai, then?|
|Egrets in plenty|
|A mixed flock of little terns, brown-headed gulls and gull-billed terns|
|Empty expanses, with some pelicans sometimes|
|Brown-headed gulls were in abundance, flashing their wing "mirrors" at us!|
|Two of the gulls at the pump house. They had a long conversation - mostly one squawked and the other listened, like a much-married couple.|
|The gull-billed terns were also in plenty, tirelessly fishing.|
|This ringed plover was busy on the edges of the salt pans.|
|A females sparrow looked curiously up at Sekar, at the pumphouse.|
The children went squelching in the mud, and looked like they had indulged in mud-bath therapy at the end of it. There were shells of a multitude of types that I had never seen, some beautiful butterflies and even dragonflies, but the waders were not that many, and ofcourse I did not see a flamingo.
We also walked the grasslands and the swamps.
|A kestrel sat and stared at us - and then flew off in disgust.|
|This was the extent of birds in the swamp, a small flock here and there.|
|This was one large mixed flock we came across - egrets, spoonbills, painted storks, ibises and even a heron|
|As the heat rose, the painted storks took to the air, and after a while we could see them, high up, riding the thermals, along with a whole bunch of pelicans.|
|A rosy starling poses|
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