Big Gulls and Sand Plovers back in Chavakad Tiruvatra Puthan Beach

Satish K V pursuing the Sand Plovers at Puthan beach Tiruvatra, Chavakad, 2 oct 2012

Sand Plovers at chavakad Puthan beach, 2 oct 2013

Yesterday 2nd october 2013 I visited Chavakad Tiruvatra Puthan Kadapuram  with Satish K V and found an early group of big gulls and Lesser Sand Plovers wintering on the coast of central Kerala.  Some Sanderlings are also mixed with the Sand Plovers. In the second week of September itself I saw the first Marsh Harrier at Karakad north of Shornur while traveling by train.Yellow-legged and Heuglin Gulls at Tiruvatra Puthan beach Chavakad. 2 Oct 2013

The big gull group of around 100 individuals at Tiruvatra beach consists mostly of Steppe Gulls.  We reached Tiruvatra Puthan (rustic for Buddhan) beach in the morning.  And returned through Palayur, Guruvayur, Enamavu Kol to Thrissur. Tiru prefix also attests the Buddhist past of the coast.Sand Plovers at Chavakad Tiruvatra Puthan beach, 2 oct 2013.

One small Pratincole was seen at Chavakad.  A few Common Sandpipers and a small group of Glossy Ibises were also seen in Enamavu Kol.  Blue-tailed Bee-eaters and Whiskered Terns were also plenty in the Kol wetlands.

migrants at Chandragiri estuary a couple of years ago in Kasaragod.
migrants at Chandragiri estuary a couple of years ago in Kasaragod.


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  1. Hi Ajay, excellent photos! quick check where exactly Tiruvatra Puthan Beach comes? is it the beach that got lighthouse in chavakad? just been once to chavakad not very familiar with places…


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