If you talk about bird watching combined with a trek in the serenity of the nature, Ananthagiri Hills will be one in the top of the list. If you talk about a weekend getaway from Hyderabad, Ananthagiri Hills surely is worth the option. If you talk about a long drive on a day trip somewhere near Hyderabad, Ananthagiri Hills Vikarabad will definitely not disappoint you. However, there is only one catch - choose the perfect season based on the purpose of your visit.
For weekend getaways, long drives and any other leisure visit, best season to go will be during and after the monsoons.
For birding, it depends on the location you visit. Ananthagiri Hills has multiple bird watching points and trekking spots. This season is best for the spot near Kotpally Reservoir. All other spots and treks are too dense and make it extremely hard to spot and click.
This was our first visit there and none of us was aware about the terrain and the location. Hence we couldn't click many. However now we know where to see, at what time and in which season. At the end of the day with a trek of around 4 hours we somehow managed to click some birds.
(For me personally it was a strange feeling. Now I know the feeling when a batsman scores 199 in test and is waiting for that 1 more run to get to his double century. Before this trip I was at 197 with 2 new species added to my list, now standing at 199. I really wished that I got my 200 today alas will have to wait for some more time.)
The beautiful Yellow Crowned Woodpecker (don't get fooled by the bright red nape, that's how it is)
|Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Male|
|Indian Grey Hornbill|
|Long-tailed Shrike juv|
|Plum-headed Parakeet Male|
|Plum-headed Parakeet Female|
|Rose-ringed Parakeet Male|
TRIP 2: 18-Oct-2014
This was not a birding trip per-se and more of a picnic outing. However once a birder, how can you not wander your eyes to see that one elusive species. And there I was, successfully spotted 2 lifers and also was happy to spot the Grey Francolin near Hyderabad.
Distance: 100 km one way upto Kotpally reservoir.
|Rock Bush Quail|