Bird Watching In Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh is the best park when it comes to probability of tiger sighting. Bandhavgarh is accessible from Jabalpur (180 kms) / Umaria (32 kms) and Katni (100 kms) stations / Kanha (260 kms).
Besides the much celebrated and endangered tiger, Bandhavgarh is also considered excellent for Bird watching and is home to more than 250 species such as Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Comb Duck, Cotton Teal, Common Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Barred Buttonquail, Eurasian Wryneck etc.
Hills around bandhavgarh are breeding grounds for Long billed Vulture, King Vulture and rare Egyptian Vultire and is a recommended option for guests looking to photograph them.
While the best season for bird watching is winter (Oct - March), even in very hot months of May and June, we were able to see 50 varieties of birds in 3 or 4 safaris that included Long billed Vulture, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Pitta, White backed shama, Crested Serpant Eagle, Shikra, Blue Bearded Bee eater, Oriental White Eye, Golden Oriole, Orange headed Thrush, Tickle's Blue Flycatcher, Common Blue Kingfisher, Brown headed Barbet etc.
Jungle Lodges in Bandhavgarh are situated around Tala range. Magdhi and Khitauli range is another alternative for Guests who stay longer or are unable to procure permits for Tala range (which is is considered a premium zone). Bird watching experience is similar in all ranges except that in Summer waterbodies are more in Tala and therefore there is a greater possibility of birds around them.
Safaris - Jeep Safaris are arranged by the jungle lodges (Morning and Afternoon safaris - 3-4 hours each). Entry Permits are limited and therefore its must to procure entry permits before planning a trip.
Seasonality - Oct-March is considered good for Bird watching but guests arriving in April - June season wont be dissppointed.