Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Happy New Year, people! I hope all your dreams come true this year 🙂


Almost 3 months ago, we drove to the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary about 75 km from Chennai, only to find it closed. In the weeks that followed my interest in birds kind of waned. And then last month, when we heard that the birds have arrived and the sanctuary is open, my interest shot up again and we went back 🙂 The drive was even lovelier than the first time because the weather was brilliant.
The Vedanthangal lake is dotted with clusters of trees and attracts migratory water birds from many parts of the world that have very harsh winters. The relationship between the birds and the villagers of Vedanthangal is symbiotic – the lake provides a warm and safe feeding ground for the birds, and the bird droppings that fall in the lake fertilize the surrounding fields that receive water from it. The water in the lake recedes in summer, and fills up once the North-East monsoon sets in, just in time for the birds to arrive. One side of the lake is lined by a bund with a tiled walkway and a couple of watch towers for bird watchers, and the rest is surrounded by fields.Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Vedanthangal Bird SanctuaryCheck out this pelican (I think) landing in the water. I was amazed at how wide the bird is when its wings are open – at least as large as an adult human’s arm span, I bet.Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
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  • Reply Anonymous November 8, 2014 at 7:27 PM

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  • Reply Lata Prakash February 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    wow photograhs! visited Hyderabad early this month and loved the Chowmullah palace, Rammoji, Hussain Sagar boating and everything. worth it.Have you visited Mysore. There is Ranganathithu Bird sanctuary in Srirangapatanam. East or West Mysore is the best. i love Mysore! keep blogging . Regards, Lata

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan January 8, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Thank you Pree! It is a gorgeous place – let's go together the next time you're in India 🙂 I used a Tamron 70-300. Stay warm and cozy!

  • Reply Pree Banerjie January 8, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    wow madhu! love it. i am an avid birder, and so this is bird heaven for me. I went there when i was 12 or 13. it was amazing then, and looks amazing even now.

    what lenses did you use?

    as ohio freezes and no wild life is to be seen in these subzero temperatures, its awesome to see tropical regions thriving with migratory birds! 🙂

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