Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise

Tripoto
25th Dec 2014

Coots

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

Storks,Brahmini ducks and Cormorants

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

Brown Headed Storkbilled Kingfisher

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

Grey Hornbill

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

Fish eagle strolling over the reservoir

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma
Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

Egrets,Cormorants and Spoonbills

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

ASAN Bird Sanctuary

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

Asan Wetlands

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

Grey Hornbill at Dakpatthar GMVN guest house

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise by Gaurav Sharma

During my previous trip to Paonta Sahib (HP), I finally got a chance to visit the beautiful Asan Barrage and nearby wetlands - a paradise for migrating birds and birdwatchers. The site is recently converted to a bird sanctuary with around 200 bird species recorded including the endangered ones and few migrating one from Europe and Africa.

I got a chance to spot "Coot, Pochard, Purple Heron,Mallard,Tufted ducks,Little Cormorant, Egrets,Storks, Jungle crow,"Fish eagle", "Brownheaded Storkbilled Kingfisher" and the amazing "Hornbill". My 6 yr old niece made my day with a bundle of her cute logics and her curiosity about the birds and my camera.In her amazing company(for around 6 hrs)we tried almost everything from bird watching to bird calls,roaming near the wetlands,from photography to botaing and a15 km bike ride to the beautiful town of Dakpatthar for lunch.

Do's -Birdwatching,Pedal boats, Kayaking and Photography. 250 mm is not sufficient for birdwatching try 300mm and above. Precautions - Take care of your camera,bag and binoculars from locals/villagers.They just want to crush it. Take care of kids and foodstuff from menacing Monkeys.Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise 1/2 by Gaurav SharmaPhoto of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise 2/2 by Gaurav Sharma

Best time for birdwatching - December to February. Birds to watch -Fish Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Kingfisher, Rare Brahmini duck, Purple Heron and coots.

Coots

Photo of Asan Bird sanctuary by Gaurav Sharma
Photo of Asan Bird sanctuary by Gaurav Sharma
Beautiful hill town in Uttarakhand around 15 kms from Asan wetlands with amazing river basin and valley views, also a great place for birdwatching.
Photo of Dakpatthar, Dakpatthar, Uttarakhand, India by Gaurav Sharma
Photo of Dakpatthar, Dakpatthar, Uttarakhand, India by Gaurav Sharma
Near Asan Barrage - At Himachal Uttarakhand border
Photo of Asan wet lands by Gaurav Sharma
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