Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise

Tripoto
25th Dec 2014
Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise 1/12 by Gaurav Sharma
Coots
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Storks,Brahmini ducks and Cormorants
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Brown Headed Storkbilled Kingfisher
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Grey Hornbill
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Fish eagle strolling over the reservoir
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Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise 7/12 by Gaurav Sharma
Egrets,Cormorants and Spoonbills
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ASAN Bird Sanctuary
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Asan Wetlands
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Grey Hornbill at Dakpatthar GMVN guest house

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.

Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise 11/12 by Gaurav Sharma
Photo of Asan Wetlands - Uttarakhand: A bird watcher's paradise 12/12 by Gaurav Sharma

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.

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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