Birding Hot Spots in and around Kolkata

Birding Hot Spots in and around Kolkata

Backyard Birding

Ever since the outbreak of Covid 19 travelling has taken a back seat. This has been a big psychological blow for trvallers like us. Being confined at home is the greatest curse for a traveller and travel writer.

Birding hot spots in and around Kolkata - Rabindra Sarobar, Salt Lake Central Park, Salt Lake Canal Side, Baruipur Marshes and Santragachi

Birding Hot Spots in and around Kolkata
Top left to right: Rufous Treepie, Central Park, Salt lake; Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Rabindra Sarobar; Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker, Salt lake Canal Side; Asian Openbill Stork, Baruipur
Below: Lesser whistling duck, Santragachi

But we soon got adjusted to our new lifestyle. As a teacher, I was busy with my online classes and decided to spent the evening on my Salt Lake residence rooftop. Soon I got attracted by my feathered guest. With a bit of google search, I soon started identifying them. Soon I started documenting and photographing the birds with my 11 year old daughter Rupsha assisting me with a pair of binoculars.

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With the situation improving at the end 2020 and early 2021 we started venturing out to photograph the bird in and around Kolkata. The birding hot spot visited by us were:

  1. Rabindra Sarobar
  2. Baruipur Marshes
  3. Santragachi Jheel
  4. Central Park, Salt Lake
  5. Canal Side, Salt Lake
  6. New Town

Rabindra Sarobar

The artificial lake of Rabindra Sarobar covers an area of 73 acres which is part of a green cover covering 192 acres. Known as a lung of South Kolkata, it provides a fresh dose of oxygen to the city’s polluted atmosphere.

Birds of Rabindra Sarobar

Rabindra Sarobar is also a paradise for bird watchers. According to bird experts over about 140 species of birds, including a few migratory ones, are spotted in the lake and is surrounding areas. This is a birder’s paradise in the heart of the city. Also rabindra sarobar has something more to offer other than birds.

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Baruipur Marshes

Unlike Rabindra Sarobar the Baruipur Marshland is not an protected area, in fact ir is a hub of construction activity. There are a few scattered areas in and around the newly constructed Central Jail in Baruipur.

Birds of Baruipur Marshes

The area consists of water bodies and marshland making it an ideal habitat of both local and domestic and migratory birds. Sadly with new construction coming up in the area the area will soon lose its birding habitat.

Santragachi Jheel

Another popular birding hotspot near the city. It is located next to the Santragachi Jheel and inspite of the sound of trains the waterbody located next to the station and railway yard attracts a lot of birds during the winter season.

Birds of Santragachi Jheel

The area attracts a lot of birders during the winter months as the water body serves as a breeding ground for many migratory birds. There are boards all around the waterbody providing details of birds found in the area.

Salt Lake Central Park

This is a protected area located at the heart of Salt Lake. A small water body surrounded by a huge green cover serves as a birding hot spot and attracts birders from all over the city. The area provides an interesting habitat for both locals and migratory birds.

Birds of Salt Lake Central Park

A board at the Karunamoyee entrance of the park provides the details, including photos, of the birds found in the park. The interesting bio-diversity provides a favorable habitat for water and terrestrial birds.

Salt Lake Canal Side

This is a total unchartered territory and remains largely unknown to the birders of Kolkata. The stretch of green running parallel to the Kestopur Canal in sector I of Salt Lake has been beautified a couple of years back. The park contains paved walkways, manicured gardens and even a children’s park.

Birds of Slat Lake Canal Side

The area attracts a lot of birds. The canal along with the green cover is a favorite habitat for both water and terrestrial birds. This is a place near my home and has been my favorite birding hunt area during the entire Covid 19 outbreak.

New Town

Like Baruipur, New Town is not a protected area. It is a first developing industrial and residential area with new construction comming up every day. But several pockets of grass lands and water bodies provide excellent habitat for many local and migratory birds.

Birds of New Town

The area attracts a lot of birders. Red Munia, a small bright red bird is the star attraction of the area. In October 2021 a Eurasian Scops Owl was potted in the area. It is a transit migrant and this was the first recorded spotting in eastern India. Sadly with new construction, the birds are rapidly losing their habitat.

My Residence Terrace

My residence roof top in AA block Salt Lake has also provided a excellent bird watching spot with about two dozen species spotted. Sadly it is a private space and not open to public.

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  • The list is not exhaustive and only contains areas visited by me
  • The list will be updated from time to time
  • Photography equipment used: Nikon D7000 and Sigma 70 – 300 mm lens
  1. Alok Basu
    May 27, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    Like you I have also developed interest in birds of late. Thanks for the information on Canal Side. I will go there some day during my morning walks once lock down is lifted.
    I would suggest you to visit Rajarhat and Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary at Rajpur too once Covid situation improves.
    Finally, I always follow your blogs which are very informative and interesting.

    • May 27, 2021 at 10:40 PM

      I am eagerly waiting for things to get normal. It is difficult to stay at home for such a long

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