Mangalwar wetland is approximately 70KM from Udaipur City centre, towards Chittorgarh on NH-76. This is morning birding site , though raptor enthusiast may visit this wetland in the evening too! I will not say, October is the best time for birding at this site, as not all migratory birds arrive by then.

Green Bee Eater
Green Bee Eater

Still, we went birding on 6th October, 2013 with Mr. Vijendra Prakash Parmar, Mr. Nirmal Solanki, Mr Ashish Paliwal from Bangalore, Mr. Mudit Sharma, Mr. Shreyas Jain and Mr. Durgesh Sharma. We started from Udaipur at 5:30AM in the morning and reached there by 6:30AM. We had some tea and snacks at Mangawar town and proceeded to the Manga;war a Lake.

We saw many birds including winter visitor Northern Shoveler, Greater Painted Snipes. Here is the bird list we saw there :-

1. Marsh Harrier, though we thought its Montagus harrier
2. Scaly Breasted Munia
3. Jacobin Cuckoo
4. Lesser Whitethroat
5. GLossy Ibis
6. Black Ibis
7. Little RInged Plover
8. Grey-necked Bunting
9. Desert Wheatear
10. Black Necked Stork

11. Grey Heron
12. Spot billed duck
13. Black Winged stilt
14. Ruff
15. River Tern
16. Wiskered Tern
17. Common Coot with chicks
18. Purple Moorhen with chicks
19. Baya Weaver
20. Pied Bushchat
21. Purple Heron
22. Siberian Stonchat
23. Hoopoe
24. Yellow Wagtail
25. Blacktailed Godwit
26. Northern Shoveller
27. White Breasted Waterhen
28. Indian Silverbil
29.. Bluecheeked Bee eater
30. Green Bee Eater
31. Rofus Fronted prinia
32. Ashy Prinia
33. Paddy Field Pipit
34. Egyptian Vulture
35. Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
36. Eurasian Collared Dove
37. White Breasted Kingfisher
38. Common Kingfishe
39. Wire Tailed Swallow
40. Greater Painted Snipe
41. Common Sandpiper

Over all it was good trip to check out the birding site. We hope to visit again after a month when water level goes down and more migratory birds arrive.

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