Bird Watching at Pawna Lake near Lonavala
Pawna Lake (30 kms from Lonavala) is renowned for its bird watching. The lake is spread over a large area and on its periphery and western ghat area around it one is able to see a wide ranging migratory and resident birds in Winter (Oct – March).
Over the years Bird watchers have arrived here more often as the area is excellent for bid watching. Common bird varieties here include Cattle Egret , White backed Vulture, Leggar Falcon, Kestrel, Blackwinged Kite, Common or Gray Quail, Painted Bush Quail, Gray Junglefowl, Crow-Pheasant or Caucal, Whitebreasted Kingfisher, Blackheaded, Yellow Bulbul, Jungle Nightjar, Large Green Barbet, Emerald Dove, Indian Great Horned Owl, Malabar Whistling Thrush etc.
Nivalink trip in Jan 2015 yielded over 30 variety of birds over a day that comprises Ashy Drongo, Small minivet, common rosefinch, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Black Winged Kite, Shikra, Spoonbill, Large Egret, Black winged Stilt, Long Tailed shrike and many more,
Guided bird watching is offered by the Machaan for guests. Winter (Oct – March) is the best time to arrive and early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to sight some of the above birds.
Pawna Lake is a renowned bird watching getaway ex-Pune / Mumbai and a getaway for nature centric travellers.