If you are looking for a short Phototour for Bird photography and want a place close to your home in Pune, then Kavdi Paat is the best place to visit during winter months. I have visited this place many times. If you are learning photography skills, then this is best place for practicing. There are mainly two reasons, Why I call this place as best place mainly because there is huge bird activity in the early morning hours and less crowd even on weekends. You can peacefully seat at one place for hours and keep clicking. You can find all sorts of wetland & scrub land birds here during winter months.
About Kavdi Pat
Kavadi is a small village at about 20 Km from Pune which is full of water birds. There is a small bridge on water body from where you can spot birds on both sides. You will see Sugarcane fields and vegetable farms across the road to Kavdi Pat. This place hosts lot of Winter Guests as well as regular visitors. However this place is ill maintained and probably used as dumping ground by the villagers.
Here you have opportunity to photograph River Turns, Common Teal, Spot Billed Duck, Common Sandpipers, Black winged stilt, Brahminy duck, Eurasian coot etc. ( Refer the list given below ) .
How to reach there
Kavdi Pat is close to Pune. From Kothrud, Pune it is App. 30 Kms. To reach Kavadi-Pat, drive from Pune to Swargate then to Solapur highway. When you drive on flyover and reach Y section Do not take Pune-Saswad road. Drive further on Solapur Highway. Cross the first Toll on Highway (which is closed now) and turn left on narrow service road for 500 Mtr. Watch out for Manali Resort, after you cross Manali Resort take first left turn, you will see Hotel 9th Mile / Milestone9 after you enter in the Lane – Follow the same road then cross Railway line – Drive till end to reach Kavadi-pat. You have to be careful since you drive through the very narrow lanes. Once you reach dead end take right turn and you see river in front of you. Park your vehicle there and walk towards the water body.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit this place is from Dec to Feb end and should be there in the morning from 7 am to 11 am. You can walk across a small narrow bridge to get a better view of the birds but be careful as the bridge does not have railings and you have an occasional two-wheeler ride across the bridge. Best way is to walk along the riverside for a better view of birds and photographs.
Do Not Disturb the birds just to have a nice shot. I would advice you to first watch the bird activity and then plan your shot.
Once you finish clicking the birds near water, you can come out and look in the nearby grassland. Kingfishers, Green Bee Eater, Black Drongo and Bush Chat can be sighted here.
Beautiful Landscape clicked in the early morning hours.
My portatrait clicked at Kavdi Pat.
Happy Clicking. List of Birds seen at Kavdi Pat is given below.
|Little Grebe||Grey Wagtail||Indian Robin|
|Spot-Billed Duck||Yellow Wagtail||Little Ringed Plover|
|Ruddy Shel duck||Cattle Egret||Pied Bush chat|
|Common Teal||Rock Dove||Common Tailor bird|
|Northern Shoveller||House Sparrow||Black-Winged Stilt|
|Lesser Whistling Duck||House Crow||Purple Moorhen|
|Oriental Magpie Robin||Black Kite||Glossy Ibis|
|White-Breasted Waterhen||Shikra||Jungle Babbler|
|Common Moorhen||Indian Peafowl||Spoonbill Stork|
|Common Kingfisher||Greater Coucal||Openbill stork|
|White-Breasted Kingfisher||Laughing Dove||Black Drongo|
|Pied Kingfisher||Long-Tailed Shrike||Common Myna|
|Little Blue Kingfisher||Scaly-Breasted Munia||Brahminy Myna|
|Spotted Fantail Flycatcher||Indian Hawk Cuckoo||Pied Harrier|
|Little Green Bee-Eater||River Tern||Red-Rumped Swallow|
|Pale-Billed Flowerpecker||White Wagtail||Red Avadavat|
|Rose-Ringed Parakeet||Indian Roller||Little Egret|
|Red-Vented Bulbul||Purple Sunbird||Grey Heron|
|Red-Whiskered Bulbul||Little Cormorant||Pond Heron|
|Purple-Rumped Sunbird||Indian Cormorant|
|Oriental Honey Buzzard||Common Sandpiper|
|White-Eyed Buzzard||Wood Sandpiper|