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December 2017 (TR#21)

This is the first long distance drive with our new SUV – Jeep Compass  !  Really enjoyed the ride in spite of pathetic road condition !

A number of migratory birds come from colder region in northern hemisphere to Akshi beach in winter.  The Akshi beach is located near Alibaug, about 150 km north of Pune. It took us close to 5 hours to reach the beach.

The beach is slightly black and without much slope. This makes it a perfect habitat for birds.

You have to be really patient to watch and photograph these as they are very shy.  We saw the following birds:

  • Lesser Sand Plover
  • Greater Sand Plover
  • Greater Flemingo
  • Egret
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Steppe Gulls
  • Kentish Plover
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Great Knot
  • Gray Plover
  • Dunlin
  • western reef egret
  • Eurasian Oystercatcher
  • Eurasian Curlew
  • Terek Sandpiper
  • Little Stint
  • Sanderling

We stayed at ShintreWadi. I will highly recommend this place. The resort,  rooms and cafeteria is very clean. They serve freshly prepared food. The owner, Mr. Shintre, makes a point to talk to everyone.