Saturday, June 23, 2012

Chintamani Kar bird sanctuary, Narendrapur, West Bengal

Streak throated Woodpecker at
CKBS Kolkata
Chintamani Kar bird sanctuary (CKBS), is located quite close to South Kolkata. Birders in Kolkata frequent CKBS quite often because of the wide variety of birds that can be sighted.

Chintamani Kar bird sanctuary (CKBS) is around 12 kms from Eastern Metropolitan Bypass and takes around 15 mins by car.

My cousin, Soma, who is an active birder, captured some interesting birding activity last month. With the mercury hitting the highest high last month, Kolkata was burning!

I am sharing some pictures that she took. The birds in the pictures are bathing and quenching their thirst.  Some of the birds that she sighted are Streak throated Woodpecker , Common Mynah,Red vented Bulbul, Jungle Babblers, Asian Pied Starling, Orange headed Thrush, Oriental Magpie Robin, Slaty legged Crake, White breasted Waterhen, and White throated Fantail.

I think it might be a good idea to keep a container filled with water in our gardens and terrace, especially in the months of May and June, so that these birds can quench their thirst. During this time many of the water bodies become dry, and these birds have a tough time locating water to quench  their thirst.

Who knows you might find a kingfisher quenching its thirst right there in your terrace!

Common Mynah & Red vented Bulbul
Jungle Babblers and Asian Pied Starling, CKBS Kolkata

Orange headed Thrush, CKBS

Oriental Magpie Robin , CKBS

Slaty legged Crake, CKBS
White breasted Waterhen, CKBS

White throated Fantail, CKBS


Sumeet said...

i am planning to visit this place coming sunday, any tips or suggestions for bird photography?

Ranjana Jha said...

Hi Sumeet,

I am no really an expert bird photographer but one thing that I can tell you for sure is that CKBS will provide you a lot of opportunities for bird sightings and it is a lovely sanctuary. I hope you sight some nice birds there tomorrow.