A few observations near Amba Ghat (Kolhapur-Sangameshwar)
- Dear Pakshimitra
I travelled through one my favourite stretches in the Sahyadris on 28
January 2006. This is the region of Amba Ghat between Kolhapur and
Sangameshwar, the region famous because of two forts of historical
importance - Panhala and Vishalgad. I had trekked in this region several
times earlier, particularly the stretch from Panhala to Vishalgad through
Masai Pathar and Pavankhind. Though it was a short / brisk visit, I relived
This region is famous for a good density of Gour (Gava). People encounter
them on the highway many times, particularly at night. I passed through
this region early in the morning (between 7 am and 11 am) and was looking
forward to get a glimpse of at least on Gour. And for sure I could see one
huge male in the valley, though from a long distance. It was exciting.
I also had some other interesting bird observations.
Just outside Kolhapur after crossing Panchaganga river, I saw small flocks
of Domissele Cranes in the fields. I have never seen these cranes south of
Pune before and it will be interesting to know your experiences.
Further ahead near the village Banbavade I saw a Pied Kingfisher being
chased by a Jungle Crow. The kingfisher had a fish in her beak and was
trying to save it. However the crow was very aggressive and chased the
kingfisher so vigorously that she dropped the fish and escaped away. The
crow picked up the fish and had a good feast! I enjoyed this observations
as a chance encounter and decided to spend some more time along the stream.
It was interesting to find that this stream supports three species of
Kingfisher - Pied, Whitebreasted and Small Blue. And in quite a large
number. In a matter of one hour I could count 34 birds in a stretch of
about 3 km. Why such a high density in this region? Is it because of the
stream? There is a sugar factory nearby. I am sure there must be some
organic effluents entering the stream. Could that be a reason for a high
density of fish and subsequently high density of Kingfishers? Worth
I request the nature lovers from Kolhapur / Ratnagiri to investigate and
send in their observatios.
I request the others also to share their similar observations from any other
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