Jun 032014


Common animal and Birds of  Pench National Park

For this week’s Travel, Tuesday Pictures let me share some wildlife from Pench National Park that I visited some time back. Please don’t expect anything exotic in the post as I am one of those photographers who are happy to click the normal day-to-day birds and animals also. Like most tiger enthusiasts, when I wrote the last post about Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve, I just talked about the female tigress who had cubs with her and totally ignored the other flora and fauna of the park.

Well, the flora will have to wait let me give some of the birds and a few other animals that I clicked in Pench in summer.

I like Pench a lot as it has a large lake in the backwaters of the dam where hundreds of deer collect in the evening to munch on the juicy grass, and the tigers lurk for some action. But as this post is not about big cats let me share some of the pictures of the birds and mammals that I clicked there.

My personal favourite is this Hanuman Langurs who were looking at me from behind this large tree trunk, ready to vanish in the thick jungle at the slightest hint of any danger from my Nikon D7000 and the basic 55-300 lens that I use for wildlife.  Most serious wildlife photographers will not enter a forest without a 400-600 mm lens, but yours truly is still away from that privilege.

Hanuman Langur Semnopithecus

Look Who is clicking: Ready to vanish on slightest of danger

So I do not try to take the pictures the guys with big lens take, instead I focus on what I call wait and watch pictures. I just watch the action and click only when something happens close enough for my 300 mm lens to capture and try to capture as much of habitat as possible.

Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis - Birds of Pench National Park

Magpie Robin

Malabar pied hornbill -Birds of Pench National Park

A Malabar Pied Hornbill hiding in the tree

crested serpent eagle Spilornis cheela -Birds of Pench National Park

A Crested Serpent Eagle looks around for prey

This image below is of one of my favorite birds the drongo the Dabangg, they are known to take a fight with birds twice their size and will attack anybody coming near their nest.

Black drongo Dicrurus macrocercus -Birds of Pench National Park

Drongos are the boldest birds & known as Jungle Kotwal or Police Chief

rufous treepie flight Pench birds -Birds of Pench National Park

Shama or Rufus Treepie make a lot of noise in the woods

indian Wild Dogs dhole Cuon alpinus

Indian Wild dogs ( Dhole) alert and ready to hunt in the evening

But my best sighting was of these wild dogs ( Cuon alpinuswho were getting ready to start a chase of a group of Cheetals and were keeping an eye on the movement of the herd. We could not see the action as soon it was time to leave the park as the sun was about to set.

But not before I got some pictures of Bisons and the mysterious Kala Pahar in Pench National Park and this beautiful  Green Bee Eater against the sunset.

Merops orientalis green bee eater sunset -Birds of Pench National Park

A Green Bee Eater against sunset

indian Bison Pench

A bison carefully listens to the sound of Jungle

Dense forest growing on the mythical Kala Pahar in Pench

Dense forest growing on the mythical Kala Pahar in Pench

A visit to Jungle never disappoints, as I love to watch every single plant, animal, bird, butterfly etc.  If  I am able to spot a Tiger it is a bonus for me, but in anticipation of Tiger, I never miss the other bounties of the jungle that surround us.  And as I mentioned in my earlier post about Pench Tiger Reserve, we did see a tigress on this visit.   Some of the other animals and birds spotted during the visit were

Some of the common Animals and Birds of Pench National Park :

  • Sambhar
  • Monitor Lizards
  • Indian Grey Hornbill
  • Porcupine
  • Indian Pea Fowl
  • Jungle Fowl
  • Open Bill Stork
  • Green Bee-eater
  • Indian Pitta
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Rufous Treepie
  • Magpie Robin

Some other posts about Tigers are here:  Tadoba Telia Cubs,  Scarface Prince of Bandipur, Meeting the King of Jungle in Corbett

How to Reach Pench National Park : Pench National Park is situated in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. Nearest Airport and Railway station Nagpur in Maharashtra and is about 2.5 hours away.

Best time to visit Pench: For seeing wildlife, you should go in the hot months of  April to June, though the weather is better to visit post monsoons from October to February. The park remains closed for Monsoons.

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  10 Responses to “From Bisons to Birds of Pench National Park”

Comments (10)
  1. I am planning a visit to the Pench, so I was googling around for more information. As always, I got more intrigued by your post and the pictures you shared 🙂 I just loved the Malabar Pied Hornbill…

    • So glad you liked the post.. Pench is one of my favorite forests.. not too dense that you can’t see anything and not too thin that animals can’t play hide and seek 🙂

  2. I found the Pench Maharashtra side much more peaceful and quiet than the MP side. Which side di dyou visit?

  3. Those are some Lovely shotsssssssss … enjoyed them all beautiful

  4. Awesome pictures. There is so much beauty to be found in the life of the jungles, love to see it through your camera. The Drongos look fiery, I can imagine the ruckus it would create when angry! 😀

    • Thanks Arti, central India forest are unique in many ways. The Drongos sure make a lot of ruckus if they feel somebody is coming in their territory…

  5. Lovely captures from Pench.

  6. wonderful collection 🙂

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