Bird Photography At Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Indian Roller Bird Photography
Indian Roller bird-in-flight at Satpura National Park

A trip to National Parks enables you to explore stunning greenery & landscapes. The icing on the cake is sighting a few wild animals. There is an opportunity for the enthusiasts to find a variety of birds & butterflies in their natural habitats. Sharing some of the bird photography we did at Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh. Images captured during various safaris and birding trails on foot. Surprisingly bird photography at night was very interesting, you spot birds that you won’t see otherwise. Birds look their best when in flight. A displaying variety of colors & patterns, aerodynamic prowess, and in their natural state of motion. The bird calls, catching the prey & their alertness about the safe distance from humans are interesting to note too.

Birds in flight at Satpura National Park.

While it is not easy to photograph the birds in flight, we could manage to capture few of them.

Pied-kingfisher Bird in flight, bird photography
Pied-kingfisher Bird in flight
Red-wattled Lapwing Bird in flight
Red-wattled Lapwing Bird in flight
Indian spot-billed Ducks in flight
Indian spot-billed Ducks in flight
Grey-heron Bird in flight
Grey-heron Bird in flight
River Lapwing bird in-flight, bird photography
River Lapwing in-flight
Lesser-whistling Ducks in flight, bird photography
Lesser-whistling Ducks in flight

Satpura National Park is home to several species of birds. You can easily spot birds like Kingfishers, Herons, Kites, Eagles, Water birds by the Denwa backwaters, Hoopoe, Woodpeckers, Doves, Pigeons, Shrike’s, Plovers, Orioles, Bee-eaters, Drongo’s, Storks, Owls, Swallows etc

Bird Photography in Natural Habitat.

Common-Hoopoe bird photography
Common-Hoopoe bird
Black-headed Oriole bird
Black-headed Oriole bird
Little-ringed Plover bird photography
Little-ringed Plover
Black Drongo
Black Drongo
Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
Eurasian-collared Dove
Green Bee-eater
Green Bee-eater
Long-tailed Shrike bird photography
Long-tailed Shrike
Rufous Treepie
Rufous Treepie
Wood-pecker Flameback bird photography
Wood-pecker Flameback
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon bird photography
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

The Yellow-footed Green pigeon and the Savanna nightjar birds were our first sightings. It is always different to see them on screen and live before your eyes. Once you see them in jungle, they become a part of your memories.

Woolly-necked Stork
Woolly-necked Stork
Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove

Bird Photography at Night.

Bird photography at night is tricky, but when you manage to shoot few birds the photographs are precious. Some of the birds that we managed to click during a night safari:

Savanna Nightjar bird photography
Savanna Nightjar
Owl with an injured eye, bird photography
Owl with an injured eye

We are sure there are many more birds at Satpura that escaped our lens. Walking trails provide the best opportunities for bird photography. You create the minimal noise during walking and hence generate no distraction for the birds. You can get closer to them & even try out various angles to photograph them.

There are many birds waiting to be discovered in these national parks. Keep an eye out for the beautiful birds when you are chasing the big wild animals in the national parks.

Recommend you to read following Travel Blogs on Satpura National Park and National Parks of India.

  1. Jeep Safari at Satpura National Park.
  2. 5 ways to explore Forests of Satpura.
  3. Listen to Kanha National Park speak to me.
  4. Meeting Munna – Rock Star Tiger at Kanha National Park.
  5. History Life inside Bandhavgarh National Park.
  6. Bandhavgarh National Park – beyond the Tigers.
  7. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
  8. Legends & Myths of Achanakmar Wildlife sanctuary.
  9. Nameri National Park & Tiger Reserve.
  10. Meet oldest residents of India at Ghughua Fossil Park.
  11. Home to Single-horned Rhinos – Kaziranga National Park.


  1. I am visiting Satpura Park as guest of Madhya Pradesh State Tourism in early January and will look forward to the glorious bird life plus hopefully some other big wildlife. Staying at Reni Pani.

  2. I spent weekend at Satpura and totally loved the safaris… agree with you on evening safaris being exciting!!

    But the best experience was canoe safari and we spotted many birds.. .i think the most spottings!

  3. good shoots.aesthetic.
    by the way, 2day`s times of innd carrid a startup venture on adventure, travel, tourism and holiday triops.
    such ventures, articles shud rope in more such hobbyists and connoisseurs, appreciaters of such activities.

  4. Satpura- where it is located, how to reach there,whom to contact for safaris
    Please inform in details
    Really fascinated by ur writings!
    Wish to visit in future
    M basically a nature – lover!
    Impressed by ur comprehensive observations too!