Bird watching at Sunderbans
Sundarbans National Park is the largest estuarine mangrove forest in the world. Sundarbans is best visited via a boat ride ex-Gothkhali Jetty (80 kms from Kolkata) OR by taking an ex-Kolkata Cruise.
While Sunderbans gets the most publicity for its man-eater tigers, it’s actually a mangrove swamp, best visited for migratory birds. For bird watchers it is recommended to stay at one of the eco-resorts in Sundarbans area and exploring the islands on foot and via boat safaris.
Best Season for Bird watching is Winter (Oct - March) and The climatic conditions at the park creates an ideal habitat for the resident as well as migratory birds. Collared Kingfisher is the most sighted and sought after bird specie of Sundarbans. Just a walk around the island edges can yield more than 40-50 varieties over 2 days. Waders, Storks and raptors are sighted on the edge of islands during Boat safaris.
You may look forward to sight Collard Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Small Minivet, Black Hooded Oriole, Open Billed Storks, Pariah Kites, Brahminy Kites, Marsh Harriers, Swamp Partridges, Cotton Teals, Herring Gulls, Caspian Terns, Gray Herons, Brahminy Ducks, Spotted Billed Pelicans, Night Herons, Common Snipes, Wood Sandpipers, Green Pigeons, Paradise Flycatchers, Fishing Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Seaguls, Peregrine falcons, Woodpeckers (many varieties), Whimprels, Black-Tailed Godwits, Little Stints, Eastern Knots, Curlews, Golden Plovers, Pintails, White Eyed Pochards and Whistling Teals will make your trip to Sundarbans extremely delightful.
Typical Stay Duration: 2 nights Best Season – Oct – March