Thursday, December 2, 2010

Birding on Palm Beach Road

Palm Beach Road in Nerul, around 30kms from Mumbai, has been in the news for speedsters but now it can boast of being a birders’ haven too!
Off Palm Beach Road, there are plenty of water bodies that host a variety of birds. So if you are a
Lapwings Sandpiper
birder and are free on any morning just head out to Nerul in Navi Mumbai and enjoy!
Large Egret
We took the path off Palm Beach Road near Chanakya and my brother-in-law Nandan, who is a
Painted storks and the moon Munia
passionate birder, spotted and helped me capture quite a few! It is around 3kms from Nerul
Grey heron Stonechat
Railway Station, from where you can take an autorickshaw if you go by train.
An egret standing guard?
Bay backed Shrike
Go before the builders lay siege!
Pied crested cuckoo
Cattle Egret Red vented Bulbul
There are no shops around so carry your own water and snacks but please do not litter.
Kingfisher Kingfisher
Dragonflies mating
Best time to go would be either early in the morning or in the evening.


  1. Nice Pics !! Brilliant as always

  2. thank you for your kind words akil. the pics could have been much better. am still a newbie at birding, learning...
    thank you.

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  4. Superb pics. you identified all these birds! the only ones that i can distinguish between are crow and hen :-)

  5. Lovely pics. Hope the builders keep away from this place and let the birds live in peace.

  6. Nice pictures and I am as good as Harish when birding is a topic. :-)

    Is it at that lake/pond near Palm beach road?

  7. Stunning to see so much wildlife so close to the big city. I love the picture of the Large Egret. Some great captures here, and wildlife must be hard to capture!

  8. Awesome ! love your eye for beauty in everyday life!

  9. Lovely pics! and great narration to go with it!

  10. Hey nice pics , First one is not munia , its a Indian silver bill .Welcome to the world of winged beauties . They are just awesome .

  11. Very useful information for Mumbai birders who want to plan birding at short notice. May be you should have give. more details to reach the place but may be not. That might crowd the place.

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  13. Wonderful pics! we had gone birding here with a bird watching group before the rains this year.... but you seem to have seen more birds than I did that day!

  14. i knew less than 3 of the birds :S so thanx sharing i learnt new things :D

  15. What a wonderful day you had, Deepak, and how nice that you always so generously share your "finds" with your adoring public. You captured so many birds with your magiceye. Thanks to your brother-in-law!!! I love the stunning colors of the kingfisher!

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  17. Beautiful place for the bird watcher ... n i m one of them but i can't get to know their name - so this post is good for me to identify them n their names ... Thanks for sharing :)

  18. Visited all your blogs...amazing pics..esp the mating dragon flies...Rare. You sure have a magic eye..I think I said that before..Lovely.

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  20. Just started reading ur blogs... its really nice... i often go on palm beach road after 12 in d night... though1 cant get great pics like d one u got... but its a good experience.. keep posting...

  21. I guess we'd been to the same place and shot the same birds!
    I particularly enjoyed the dragonflies mating.

  22. These are really awesome pics..I like this post very much..The birds are looking so cute in the pics..You are really lucky you see the view with your own eyes..Great work!