Bhigwan Bird Watching – The Flamingo World

Flamingo Flight in Bhigwan
Flamingo Flight in Bhigwan
Bhigwan Bird Watching - Set off on a long journey
Set off on a long journey

If you are a bird lover, Bhigwan is the place to be! A small town on the Pune – Solapur highway in Maharashtra, Bhigwan is fast becoming an attraction for bird watching, especially for Flamingo photography. It is situated in the backwaters of the Ujani Dam. Hundreds of flocks of Greater Flamingo, the most widespread species in the world, migrate to India every year during the winter season.

Huge flock of Flamingos
Huge flock of Flamingos
Bhigwan Bird Watching - Here we go - Left Right Left
Here we go – Left Right Left

Bhigwan Bird Watching: An Overview

WhereDiksal Village in Bhigwan
DistanceFrom Pune – 105 KM (about 2 Hrs 15 Min)
From Solapur – 151 KM (about 3 Hrs)
Best Time to VisitJanuary to March
Mode of TransportState Transport Bus / Train / Personal Vehicle
Things to CarryDSLR camera (A high resolution lens if you are a Pro), Binoculars, Water bottle
Boat ride chargesRs. 800/- per boat (5 – 6 people)

When to start?

We (3 friends and I) decided to visit this beautiful a couple of years ago in early March. Started in the wee hours of the morning at 3:30 AM as we did not want to miss the first rays of dawn. Two hours of exciting driving and we were at the scenes by 5:30 AM to capture the spectacle.

Flock of Flamingos take off from opposite shore
Flock of Flamingos take off from opposite shore
Picture Credits: Pratibha Pethkar

The stage was set and the DSLRs out ready to click the Flamingo flight. This was my first experience with the big lens, which made me feel excited and nervous. After a wait of few minutes, there it was – A flock took off from the far end covering the horizon under their wings. It was such an exhibition that my eyes got glued to the skies and made me forget the camera in hand.

Set off on a long journey
Set off on a long journey
Bhigwan Bird Watching - This is our Gang
This is our Gang

We hired a small fishing boat from the locals to get closer to the birds. The villager who was steering the ship threw some fishes in the water to draw the Flamingos closer. We started clicking beautiful poses of the birds – Flying, eating, walking in a straight line, all enjoying in their own small world. I did not want to miss a single moment of this extravaganza and kept a close eye on the activity through to the camera lens.

Birds at Bhigwan
Wait! We are not Flamingos
Bird In search of Food
In search of Food
Bhigwan Bird watching - Guess Who's the tallest?
Guess Who’s the tallest?
Picture Credits: Pratibha Pethkar

Other Birds at Bhigwan

There is more to the Bird Watching in Bhigwan as it is also a home to a number of other birds – Eurasian Spoonbill, Bar Headed Goose, Collared Pratincole and the Osprey, bird of prey and we did spot a few of those. The Flamingos were also surrounded by small Ducks, Herons, Egrets, Raptors and Waders. After about an hour and half of bird watching, we returned back to land appreciating the astounding view.

Refreshments Post Bird Watching

The fishermen staying in the area arrange for freshly prepared breakfast (poha) and tea. If needed, they can also make arrangements for lunch.

Spotted Other birds at Bhigwan
Spotted Other birds at Bhigwan
Bhigwan Bird Watching - Another one something like a duck
Another one something like a duck
Bhigwan birds
Bhigwan birds

Take a stroll along the shores and observe nature’s hidden jewels. Savor this bird watching moment at Bhigwan and capture them in your heart for a lifetime experience.

Flamingos Soaring high
Flamingos Soaring high
Bhigwan Bird Watching - Moon and the Flight - Clear Blue skies
Moon and the Flight – Clear Blue skies

4 thoughts on “Bhigwan Bird Watching – The Flamingo World

  1. Hey Prajakta,thanks for sharing such a nice information about Bhigwan and beautiful pics of flamingos and other birds.I am planning to visit this beautiful place soon.

  2. Excellent information and nice pics too…I am visiting this place this month end with my daughter and niece…very much excited for this trip after reading your blog…Thanks a lot for sharing info and started your blog…All the best for your upcoming trips and blogs…Happy tripping.

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