“For some bird watching is an adventure and for few its a love towards nature, Mumbai and its near locations has many bird watching sites for those passionate about bird photography. This sites like Sewri, Kalva, Phansad, Palm beach road, Karnala Nature park, Uran, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra Nature park and more, have various species of birds found in its natural inhabitants..”
Bird Watching Passion and Mumbai
Every year thousands of species of birds around Indian and internationally migrates to Mumbai city at its special bird watching locations, finding ideal climate and surroundings for their mating season. People around city, which includes passionate bird photographer, professionals, and weekend bird site lovers are out to famous locations in and around Mumbai to spot old and new species.
Every year active naturalists and organizations like ‘Yuhina EcoMedia’ and other organizes anual events specially for bird watching activities at best sites in and near Mumbai, this event is called ‘Mumbai Bird Race’, this year it was organized on 26th February 2012 which was a successful 8th annual Bird Race of Mumbai. Various species at MNP like Step Eagles, Copper smith Barbet (Also Called ‘Tambat’) is Mumbai’s Official Bird now, Sun bird, White Crump Vultures, Flamingo watching, Orioles and many more are been watches at the listed locations below. Another famous organization to be in touch is Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) a very famous organization when it comes to Nature who is readily available for active participation and support to this bird watching groups at this famous sites.
Best and Famous Bird Watching Sites
Some 8 to 10 famous sites are their in Mumbai, Some little far yet near boundaries. These are only the best sites listed, yet if you go far inside some villages, you may find some rare new species jumping around those branches of small big trees.
Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) : Also called ‘Mahim Nature Park’ is located in heart of concrete city Mumbai, near sion dharavi road. Some of the beautiful birds which can be seen here are Laughing Dove, Shikara, Greater Coucal, Great Egret, Purple Sunbird, Eurasian Wryneck, Blue throat, Little Green Bee Eater, Barn swallow, Black kite. Although some of them migrates seasonally for their ideal season of mating, this is one of the best sites not to be missed by any bird watcher / photographer being in Mumbai.. More about Maharashtra Nature Park.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary : About some 50 to 60 kms near Mumbai, Karnala is a special bird sanctuary spread around 4 to 5 square kilometers at Konkan coast in Raigad district, basically famous for its fort. Ideal time to watch this birds at this sanctuary is between October and March. Along with birds you can enjoy other animals and do trekking during monsoon. Some of the species of birds to be seen at karnala are King Vulture, crested serpent eagle and peregrine falcon. More here.
Shilonda Trail at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP) : This park is located at Borivali (East) connected to Western Express Highway in Mumbai, Shilonda Trail being one the loved natural locations for birds. Mostly woodland species are famous here. Give about 2 to 3 complete hours to hang around this beautiful location. Species to watch here are babblers, cuckoo and cooper-smith. More locations inside/near this national park are Kanheri Caves hilly area, Tulsi road, South Gate famous during Mumbai Bird Race days and Locations near Vihar lake to expect watching some rare birds. More on this National Park at Borivali. If you are in locations like Thane, Yeoor hills trial which is connected to this national park will be one of the best sites.
Tungareshwar at Vasai : Famous for its waterfall, Tungareshwar is known for Shiva Temple, Waterfalls in Monsoon and rare species of mountain birds. This location is on western express highway in north of Mumbai along with famous station near being Vasai road.
Sewri : Location in central railway of Mumbai, Specialty being one bird specie called ‘Flamingos’ seen in those vast 5 cares flat mud land, Sewri is in news every year as photographers rush to this location from November itself, this vast mud flat black locations turns milky white with red spots, yes flamingo’s comes in November in thousands to clean help the Eco-surrounding of humans of Mumbai. This birds last till Monsoon arrives flooding this mud flat lake. Binoculars, Photography etc is allowed, but still check the boards for security guidance and permissions. Other birds that can be watched if available are Gulls, Waders and Terns. Soon as plans are put up, Sweri mud belt can turn up with a dedicated infotainment park.
Uran : The South Most location of 2nd Mumbai, the Navi Mumbai has recently caught seen some beautiful birds, explore more on this developing locations which is filling up with sands instead of those open lands for watching birds is still a good location to visit, Quit near to Mumbai city.
Colaba’s Sagar Upvan : Mumbai Port Trust, which is another name known of this Botanical garden at Colaba is also famous for those sweet melodies sound of birds in extreme silence inside. Sagar Upvan is basically for those tree lovers, yet its understood that with those rare trees attracted are beautiful birds. So this is another bird watching attractions in South Mumbai. More Details at Sagar Upvan.
Other Known Sites For Birds : Some of the other sites that one can explore during visits are Mumbai Zoo, Matheran Hills, Kalva, Palm beach road, Phansad and other sites near Ratnagiri and pune borders connected to Mumbai.