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 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 photography of the birds at night was very interesting, you spot birds that you won’t see otherwise. Birds look their best when in flight. Displaying a 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 is 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 a few of them.
Satpura National Park is home to several species of birds. You can easily spot birds like Kingfishers, Herons, Kites, Eagles, and Waterbirds by the Denwa backwaters, Hoopoe, Woodpeckers, Doves, Pigeons, Shrike, Plovers, Orioles, Bee-eaters, Drongo, Storks, Owls, Swallows, etc.
Bird Photography in Natural Habitat
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 the jungle, they become a part of your memories.
Bird Photography at Night
At night is tricky to photograph the birds, but when you manage to shoot a few birds the photographs are precious. Some of the birds that we managed to click during a night safari:
We are sure there are many more birds at Satpura that escaped our lens. Walking trails provide the best opportunities to find, pay attention, and have the patience to spot the birds and of course, photograph them. You create 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 the following travel blogs on the National Parks of India we have covered.
Jeep Safari at Satpura National Park
5 ways to Explore Forests of Satpura
Meeting Munna – Rock Star Tiger at Kanha National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park – beyond the Tigers
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.
That is wonderful Aline – do read all the posts we have on Satpura – we did quite a few activities in Satpura and enjoyed them a lot.
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!
Oh yes, boat safari was too good, my best moment was having tea in the boat.
I haven’t visit yet Satpura. Your photography was awesome and made me to visit this place. Thank you for your sharing.
Glad you liked the Bird Photography post on IndiTales, Anusha.
Superb captures, Anuradha! brought back all those wonderful moments at Satpura! Love the night pics… esp the nightjar one!
Yes Anu. Was thinking of you and Samhit while writing this post. What an adventure we had at the night safari.
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.
Beautiful pictures! 🙂
I love birds, but it’s not so easy to take pictures of them!
Yes, you need oodles of patience to be a bird photographer.Glad that you liked the pictures.
Nice Captures !!
Just love the birds, but yes need lot of patience, perfect lighting to captures these awesome beauties.!!
Thank you Veena.
Beautifully captured images of birds.
Thank you Kanchan
Super collection of bird pics
Thanka Shrinidhi. Hope everything is well with you in Chennai.
That bird is a River Lapwing, Vanillas duvaucelii.
Lovely pictures. I have always wanted to see more of a Nightjar…
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!
Sudhir, Satpura is in Madhya Pradesh, you have to go via Bhopal or Itarsi. I did this trip with Pugdundee Safaris – and I can definitely recommend them to you.
Beautiful bird pictures, very natural
Thank you Choukimath ji.
Wow! The birds are awesome. This was a virtual birdwatching trip 🙂
Thank you, SGD.