Whether you are a bird watcher, a nature photographer or simply looking to beat those winter blues, Okhla bird sanctuary is just the place for you this winter. Spread over four square kilometers, this sanctuary is located at the point where Yamuna leaves Delhi to enter the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. It was notified as a sanctuary in 1990 with the construction of Okhla barrage. The bird species you should be looking for here are the ones which frequent terrains marked by a combination of thorny shrubs, grasslands and wetlands. Nearly fifty percent of the total 324 species of birds found here are migratory; some like the Northern Shoveler fly from as far away as Northern Europe. The one bird that will definitely be an interesting subject for video recording is the Red Wattled Lapwing. A resident bird of India, this wader has a distinctive alarm call that sounds like ‘did he do it’ or ‘pity to do it’. A variety of trees like Sheesham, Keekar, Ficus flank the water body of the sanctuary. These provide the perfect roosting site for the birds. Bird lovers and nature photographers, be sure to not to miss out these spots! All you need is a sunny day to make your trip to the sanctuary an ideal doze of nature.
A few do’s you should keep in mind before visiting the sanctuary if you want to spot those birds:
- Importance of silence
- Carry your binoculars/cameras and a field guide book
- Wear dull coloured clothes
Where: E1, Sector 1, Noida, Gautam Budh Nagar
Closest Metro Station : Botanical Garden (a ten minute auto or rickshaw ride from the station)/ Jasola Station (if you are located closer to the violet line/or approaching from South Delhi)
Fees: Rs. 30 for Indians and Rs. 350 for foreigners. Additional charges for camera (Charges for a regular digital camera are Rs. 500 for an Indian and Rs. 1000 for foreigners). Higher rates apply for more advanced cameras meant for video recording.
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