Friday, January 29, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Santragachi is an very important railway station in the South - Eastern division of Indian Railways. It is 8 km from Howrah Station. the famous Santragachi Jheel (Lake) is at a short walk from the Santragachi Railway Station and hosts thousands of migratory winter birds from Late November to February end. Not only migratory birds, this vast wet land and surrounding area is a place to watch some local common birds of Bengal which are not so common due to urbanisation. Though this Jheel has lost it's past glory, modern civilisation has already encroached into the jheel in form of club building, extended slum, apartments, shops etc, though plastics and domestic garbage has played a vital role in shrinking the jheel area, though the sounds of engines in the rail yard create utter nuisance constantly, though the number of visitor birds has reduced dramatically, yet it is still an excellent place to study the birds. In last few days I had been there several times to test my new lens. I am sharing some of those shots here.
Lesser Whistling teal or duck (Soral in Bengali) in flight. The huts of the slum in the back drop shows how disturbed the birds feel here due to anthropogenic activities.
Little cormorant (Pankouri in Bengali)
Gadwal in challenging mood
Pond Heron (Bok in Bengali)
Pied Myna (Gang Shalikh in Bengali)
Common Small Kingfisher (Machranga in Bengali ) - Front view