Gulls Reach Kutipuram

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

Birds of Kol Wetland and Birder’s Meet 2012

Plain Prinia, Adat Kol. 8 Jan 2012

As part of the Kol bird count 2012 I explored the Adat-Ambakad Kol fields with Vivek Chandran and other friends from College of Forestry on the morning of January 8, 2o12.

Open-bill Storks, Near Pullazhi Kol

We saw plenty of Small Pratincoles, Whiskered Terns, Cormorants, Barn Swallows, Bee-eaters, Munias, Sandpipers,  Marsh Harriers, Storks, Egrets, Coots etc.

Brown Shrike, Kol 8 Jan 2012

A Peregrine Falcon and a small group of Little Stints were the highlights of the day.  The birder”s meet at Sahitya Akademi at noon was also interesting.

Vivek Chandran and team in Adat Kol, 8 Jan 2012
Baya Weavers in Kol
Clamerous Reed Warbler, Kol 8 Jan 2012
Spotted or Scaly-breasted Munia, Kol 8 Jan 2012
Little Stints, Kol 8 Jan 2012
Small Pratincole in flight, Kol 8 Jan 2012
Barn Swallow, Kol 8 Jan 2012
Marsh Harrier (female), Adat Kol 8 Jan 2012
Peregrine Falcon, Adat Kol, 8 Jan 2012
Birder's Meet, Sahitya Akademi, Thrissur. 8 Jan 2012. Nameer, Sasikumar, Prasad, Basheer...