Pallam Heronry

Yesterday I visited Pallam, six kilometers south of Kottayam and found plenty of Little Cormorant nests with chicks; and Pond Herons in breeding plumage near the Government Model Fish Farm.

Further west I also observed a few water cocks, purple herons, openbill storks, yellow wagtails, little egrets, common mynas and blue pegions.

At least five species of dragon flies were present on the floating water hyacinth. According to people there used to be bigger nesting colonies of egrets and herons in the west towards the Vembanad/R Block lake in the olden days.

Birding in the Nilgiris

Last week(9th to 12th April 2009) I visited Ooty and the surrounding Nilgiri peaks. The botanical garden and the suburbs of the town are brimming with Oriental white eyes and house sparrows. they are as common as the abundant wild flowers that intoxicate you. Another common bird is jungle myna, so is jungle crow. A group of coots seems to be anchored in the lake. Blackbirds and bushchats were also fairly visible. Sunbirds are literally absent in the Nilgiris at the moment. Some interesting sightings are:
Nilgiri Laughing Thrush at Dodabetta peak deep down in the shola.

  • Common Rosefinch
  • Blackbird
  • Oriental White eye
  • Common Coot
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Pond Heron
  • Little Cormorant
  • Spotted Dove
  • Great Tit etc.

Some photos are posted here.