Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nature Notes/Chandubi Lake

Last week we took the long (but not winding) road to Chandubi lake. The meaning of the word 'Chandubi" is- where the sun sets.The lake was formed by a devastating earthquake in 1897. The lake is spread over se I had always wanted to visit the area having heard much about the beauty of its surroundings. It's about 65 kms away from Guwahati. The weather was pleasant as it's getting warmer now and the trip was worth it. After crossing small towns, we drove through a beautiful tea garden. What made it more beautiful was the winter haze and the pale blue hills in the backdrop.
The tea garden as seen from a speeding car

A large flock of birds descend to feed on the grass seeds.

A pair of Purple Swamphen
Swamphens have a dazzling plumage. They are known to be excellent swimmers and are commonly seen on the edges of water bodies.
A Common Stonechat
Besides these birds, I saw several egrets, cormorants, the white-breasted water hens, and a blue jay.
The delicate bloom of a Bush Morning Glory
 Bush morning glories are shrubs that grow to 1.5m in height. They are mostly seen on the edge of rice fields and wetlands. Like other blooms from the same family, the flowers close by mid-day.

By the time the boat returned to the bank, the sun was warmer and I caught the gold reflected on the calm waters. As we headed back home I was glad we visited the place but sad that visitors to the spot do not care about wildlife at all. Loud music played by picnickers are driving away most birds. The litter that's left by revellers is another sad tale. The Bombay Natural History Society and the International Bird Conservation Network had declared this site as an Important Birds Area some time ago.

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Stephanie said...

Wow! The history seems frightening (earthquake!). But it is so nice to see so many beautiful things here now. Birds, flowers and the place look really serene. Btw, happy New Year to you and family :-D

guild-rez said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!!

ShySongbird said...

What a lovely visit you had Kanak. Such a shame about the litter and music though. Littering makes me so angry and sad, why do people deface this beautiful planet?

I love the little Stonechat, we have them here but not usually in my area so I have never seen one :-( The Bush Morning Glory is beautiful too!

Wendy said...

What a beautiful spot, Kanak. So nice you could visit and take pics. I've never heard of a swamphen and was surprised when you said that they swam. I guess they must be a little like ducks.

Too bad about the loud music and litter. I don't understand why people do that in places full of wildlife and serenity.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

So much beauty there! Too bad the other people were so disrespectful, causing a disturbance. Enjoyed your photos very much!

bettyl said...

It sounds like you had a great visit. Your photos are amazing, even from a speeding car:)

Rambling Woods said...

How lovely..the dreamy quality of the first photo and the birds and pretty flower. It makes me long for spring, but happy I could share in your trip.. Thank you for linking into this week's Nature Notes Kanak.. Michelle

Nature Rambles said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by.:)I hope I can go out more often in the coming months and share other views of our region.

Arati said...

looks lovely, as with all ur other regional posts, it makes me want t o visit!

Titania said...

A wonderful place to visit, the pictures are so serene. Such a shame when people have no affinity for nature and spoil the loveliest places with their presence.

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