This was my first visit to this newly developed biodiversity park near the Dronacharya Metro Station, Gurgaon which covers an area of approximately 550 acres. There were reports of sightings of a variety of birds in this park including Boneli’s eagle, White eyed buzzard and Sirkeer malkoha.
To our delight, we could spot a White eyed buzzard within few minutes. However, it was far for my lens. We followed her for another half an hour (not chase !) and saw an another one which was followed by a third one. We concluded that the park is actually home to a family of White eyed buzzard’s. Two adults and a juvenile.
The park looked promising to us. There are plenty of smaller birds including Silver bills, Red avadavats, Larks, Stone chats, Indian Robins, Bay-backed shrike etc.
Indian hoopoe, Black drongo, Babbler, few species of warblers and common birds like White cheeked bubul, Lauging dove etc were seen in plenty. We have only covered half of the park. It was hot and we were already bit dehydrated. I am sure few more trips to this park will provide opportunities to see some more species and photograph them from a close range.
I am also thinking of visiting the other Aravali Biodiversity Park situated in Vasant Kunj area of Delhi. The birding season is back again and with more nearby places to go, coming weekends will be surely exciting.