Bheemasandra kere - A haven for waterbirds in Tumkur city
Although forests cover just about 4% of the district's geographical area, Tumkur District is host to a wide variety of wildlife and some picturesque landscapes. The jheels of old Mysore region hold an amazing array of waterfowl diversity and Tumkur is lucky to have many such wetlands like Tumkur Amanikere and Bheemasandra Kere-Malekote Kere (in Tumkur city), Kunigal Doddakere and Chikkakere (in Kunigal town along Bangalore - Hassan National Highway) and backwaters of Markonahalli Reservoir (just off Bangalore - Hassan National Highway). The birdlife, both the resident and migratory, of these wetlands has been documented by Tumkur's NGO Wildlife Aware Nature Club (WANC) since early 1990s.
|Apx boundary of Bheemsandra kere - Malekote kere wetlands, Tumkur city marked on a screenshot from Google earth map (seen from west towards Tumkur city) dated 15 Jul 2014.|
Here are some pictures taken by me at this beautiful haven of birds.
|Common name: Pond heron or Paddy bird|
|Common name: Cattle egret|
|Common name: Grey heron|
|Common name: Paddyfield pipit|
|Common name: Large pied wagtail or Whitebrowed wagtail|
|Common name: Barn swallow|
|Common name: Large cormorant|
|Common name: Painted stork|
|Common name: Spotbilled duck|
|Common name: Brahminy kite|
|Common name: Blackheaded munia|
Best season: Though the place is good to be visited through out the year, winter is the time when a lot of migratory birds throng the place. During monsoons many birds use the vicinity of the wetland to breed.
Best time: Be at the place just after dawn which is usually at 6:15 AM in winters.
What to take?: Binoculars, birdwatching guide, notebook, pen, camera, WATER, light breakfast, NO DISPOSABLE PLASTIC PLEASE.
What to wear?: Dull/ neutral colour clothes (khakhi, brown, green, grey, cement etc). A warm jacket or sweater; dark/ dull coloured cap/ hat; dull coloured walking shoes/ sneakers. AVOID WEARING BRIGHT COLOURS (yellow, red, white etc).
How to go?: There is no public transport to the place, although you can take a public transport to Bheemsandra bus stop along the Bangalore-Honnavar National Highway (BH Road) and walk to the northern periphery of the lake.
Click here for a google map of this wetland
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