Birding at Veer Dam and Backwater area

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Veer dam is one of the famous backwater place for bird watching near Pune, which is situated after few kms ahead from Shirwal on Pune-Bangalore National Highway. It is famous for migratory bird like Bar Headed Goose, Grey heron and Brahmin Duck.


Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Grey Heron with Spoonbill in Veer Dam

As a bird watcher and after visiting Bhigwan, Pashan Lake it was not possible for me to miss out this place in winter. I was not much aware about the dam but later after reading few blog came to know that surrounding area of the veer dam is excellent spot for migratory birds.

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

How to reach veer dam from Pune: To reach Veer Dam, I travelled on NH4 from Katraj via old tunnel and drive towards Satara/Bangalore side, after crossing Nira River Bridge and Shirwal city drive for around 3 Kms and take a Left turn on Khandala-Loni Rd. Tondal is the village from where Veer dam backwater starts and a small dust road on left take you to birding place.



I woke up in early morning and left home (Kondhwa) around 6 AM. It was too foggy on NH4 which reduce my speed and reach Tondal village around 7.30 AM.

When I reached that area, I hardy find any ducks except few Brahmin duck and Black Ibis. After keeping safe distance I clicked many photo and enjoyed birding for around 3 hours. Birds which were seen at Veer Dam are Black naked ibis, spoonbill, Brahmin duck, White wagtail, Black drongo, Grey heron, Jungle Babbler.


Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Siberian Stonechat
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Wagtail bird
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Brahmin Ducks
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Black ibis
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Grey Heron and Spoonbill bird
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Cormorant
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Grey Heron at Veer Dam
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Veer Dharan(Dam)
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Myself at Veer Dam
On my return journey I always prefer travelling from  different route and try to make a round trip, so after take suggestion from few villagers found road towards Pune via Saswad have average road condition. So finally took the road via saswad and enjoy the overall round trip of 130KM in the first half of the day and reached back home at 1 PM.

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Small bridge before Veer Dam 
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Veer Dam, Tondal village
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Scenic Saswad Road
Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune

Bird watching at Veer Dam near Pune
Dive Ghat
Overall road condition was average with small bad patches near on Saswad road.

Other place of birding near Pune:
Kavadi Pat
Pashan Lake
Bhigwan village for flamingo.

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2 comments

  1. The Jungle Babbler ? is a Siberian Stonechat

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    1. Thanks for your comments Sumit!!

      Happy Journey & Life :)

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