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Pratincoles, Wagtails, Gulls… in the Perar at Kutipuram

// January 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Eco Watch

Small Pratincoles reclining on the sand beds of Nila or river Perar at Kutipuram.  7 Jan 2013

Small Pratincoles reclining on the sand beds of Nila or river Perar at Kutipuram.  7 Jan 2013.  Poor light due to winter.

A soaring Open-bill Stork above Perar at Kutipuram.  7 Jan 2013

A soaring Open-bill Stork above Perar at Kutipuram. 7 Jan 2013

 

Big Gulls at Kutipuram, mostly Pallas' Gulls and Heuglin Gulls.  Note the black hood of Pallas'. 7 Jan 2013

Big Gulls at Kutipuram, mostly Pallas’ Gulls and Heuglin Gulls. Note the black hood of Pallas’. 7 Jan 2013

A Small Pratincole in river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 Jan 2013.

A Small Pratincole in river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 Jan 2013.

 

Big Gulls flying in Nila.  Kutipuram bridge in the back ground.  7 Jan 2013

Big Gulls flying in Nila. Kutipuram bridge in the back ground. 7 Jan 2013

A Jerdon's Bush Lark on a sand bank in the Nila at Kutipuram. 7 Jan 2013

Oriental Skylark on a sand bank in the Nila at Kutipuram. 7 Jan 2013

 

A White Wagtail in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013

A White Wagtail in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013

A Large Pied Wagtail/ White-browed Wagtail in the NIla at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

A Large Pied Wagtail/ White-browed Wagtail in the NIla at Kutipuram,                     7 jan 2013.

 

Small Pratincole and White Wagtail having a dip in the river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

Small Pratincole and White Wagtail having a dip in the river Perar at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.  Dim light due to winter conditions.

Pratincoles doting the sand bed in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

Pratincoles doting the sand bed in the Nila at Kutipuram, 7 jan 2013.

 

Big Gulls in flight in the NIla at Kutipuram, 8 Jan 2013.

Big Gulls in flight in the NIla at Kutipuram, on the morn of 8 Jan 2013.

Heuglin and Pallas' Gulls in the Perar at Kutipuram, 8 jan 2013 morn.  White headed ones are Heuglin Gulls.  Black hooded ones are Pallas' Gulls.

Heuglin and Pallas’ Gulls in the Perar at Kutipuram, 8 jan 2013 morn. White headed ones are Heuglin Gulls. Black hooded ones are Pallas’ Gulls.

 

A fast running Little Ringed Plover on the shingled banks of the Perar/Nila at Kutipuram on the morn of 8 jan 2013.

A fast running Little Ringed Plover on the shingled banks of the Perar/Nila at Kutipuram on the morn of 8 jan 2013.

Around 3000 big gulls at Kutipuram in river Perar, 8 jan 2013.

Around 3000 big gulls at Kutipuram in river Perar, 8 jan 2013.

Gulls Reach Kutipuram

// September 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Eco Watch

Early migrant flocks of gulls at Kutipuram. Just above the bridge near the bent in the river. 26 Sept 2012

Thousands of gulls have reached the sand flats of river Perar at Kutipuram.  I have noticed them first on 18 September 2012 near Manchady Thuruthu at Chembikal a few kilometers down from the bridge towards Thirunavaya from bus.

Mixed Gulls at Manchady Thuruthu, down the river near Chembikal. 25 September 2012

Now the mixed flock has started to move up the river.  Today evening, 26 September 2012 they were seen just above the Kutipuram bridge near the marked bent in the river.  Yellow-legged Gulls and Heuglin’s Gulls are leading in the flock.  Small gulls and some terns could also be there.

Gulls crossing Kutipuram bridge en-route to Purathur estuary. 26 Sept 2012

Clear identification is difficult as they are keeping aloof from any sort of human interference.  The birds are extremely cautious to rest in distant isolated mud flats at the middle of the big river.  The sight is magnificent and soothing.

Perar/Nila has water enough to be poetic.  A view towards the south east from Thrikanapuram an ancient Chamana cultural centre. Pallypuram, Kutipuram and Kanjirakuti surround the region.  26 Sept 2012

Sunset at Manchady Thuruthu