The Woods.

Wildlife is one of the tourist attraction of India. A country of which tourism industry plays a crucial role in the economy. This page is all about Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. But there is a reason why I wanted to include the wildlife around Baramati to this website.

 

The boy who lived was found in the woods.

He did disappeared like the fawn in the forest.

now sleeps awake…

 

Rush Towards Woods!

 

Ever since I survived, I barely lived. As I was longing for belonging… But in nature, I never felt like a stranger. Living in the region with an abundance of nature is fortunate.

Although, in the town, I was asked to learn in English speak in Marathi and told that Hindi is the national language. The boy who was looking back at the past of Hindustan and Bharat and peeping towards future of the greater developed India. Similarly, no matter where I was, I was always reminded you are not from here. People from Kolhapur said he is from Baramati, and vice versa. It was a miracle I survived, in the mist and the murk of conditioning of the society. I never believed there is where I belonged, in the organisation.

I always found myself lonely around people, and alone in the woods.  There is a difference, as loneliness has a sense of something lacking, and to be alone is to be with self. The wild wildlife fascinated me.

Eventually, one place where I always found peace was the jungles. Not only in Baramati while schooling, or in Konkan where I use to go on my father’s construction sites but also in Mumbai where I stayed in Aarey Colony, Or the Rankala, Dajipur, Radhanagri and Panhala of Kolhapur. And of course the Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

The forest was the only place where I found peace. Close to nature, close to myself. To be the boy who stood in the middle of chaos and found in the woods. As now-here was know-how. And somehow I was everywhere where the woods are. Hence, where I was the boy, who lived.

 

Wildlife of Baramati.

 

There are plenty of chinkaras, the Indian deer seen around Baramati. Therefore, it is not rare to see a herd of gazelles while going for a walk towards the Outskirts of Baramati. Likewise, you might also see some in Roti Ghat while reaching Baramati via Patas road. Sadly there is no secure sanctuary area for the town. But if you are a wildlife adventurer on a visit to this town you can explore Pimple, Kaneri, Jalochi, around the airport to find some gazelle on the trail. Correspondingly, if you want more of a tourist kind of experience, head on to Mayureshwar, a vital wildlife sanctuary near Pune.

Also, don’t miss the page dedicated to the Migratory birds in India.

 

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Grasslands of the Sanctuary.

 

 

Maharashtra State declared the forest land near Supe, as Mayureshwar Wildlife  Sanctuary on 19th of August 1997. Supe is a village in Baramati County of Pune District. It is merely 8 km from the famous religious place Morgaon. The area was under Malojiraje Bhosale, which gives it a historical significance. Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated not far than 75km from Pune near Supe, in Tehsil of Baramati. It is approximately 45 km from Baramati and permanent residence for some of the beautiful wild animals typical Maharashtra. This wilderness shares the space with the village adjacent, the human population of which is widely dependent on the jungle for firewood and herbs. The rain-shadow areas receive rainfall of only 300-350 mm each year.  You can explore Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on foot. But the car is also allowed inside the boundaries of this national park. Although you can visit Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary any time in a year, Best season to visit is August to January.

Flora of Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Sun shines brightly on the 5.14 Sq. Km barren land of this sanctuary. And it is hard to miss the trees of Hivar, Khair, Ber, Karwand and Sisoo standing tall on this of this tropical region. These trees seem to like to bend knees to the winds; enough to cling to earth and not to break. The wind also adds a hissing to the interspersed grasslands that take refuge in the canopy of these trees. Furthermore, the flora of Baramati constitutes a total of 994 taxa belonging to 938 species with 42 varieties and 14 sub-species, 577 genera and 136 families of flowering plants recorded and described.

Fauna of Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Maharashtra has rich and diverse fauna. Sadly some species like Asian Cheetah are extinct. But forest department is taking efforts towards preserving some of the endangered species found in Maharashtra. Indeed, Mayureshwar strives to contribute to these conservation efforts. You can see illustrations of the wildlife animals that are prominent to this region.

 

Mammals :

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary; is natural habitat to Indian Gazelle, the chinkaras. Notably, you can also spot the famous Indian wolf trotting around the bushes; infamous for stealing sheep from the shepherds. Uniquely the Indian Fox also found here, might have a different tale to tell.

 

Chinkara – Indian Gazelle (Gazella bennettii)

 

The Slender bodied antelope stands 65 cm at the shoulder.  Additionally, the horns on the male are relatively more extended than the female, slightly curved and closely ringed; they measure about 25-30 cm in the male and 10-13 cm in the female. The coat colour varies from the sandy brown and light chestnut.

Indian Gazelle occurs in the plain and low hilly regions of north-western and central India. Likewise, Indian gazelles spotted in the area extending towards the south. Prominently, near banks of Krishna River. Extralimitally it is found in Pakistan, the Middle East Asian countries and Africa.

Chinkara lives in small herds of 10 to 20 individuals or less. Uniquely sometimes only 2-3 animals together. It is typical to thin forestes areas, preferring raving, broken country, rocky areas and scrub-covered hills. Hence Mayureshawar makes it an ideal place to flourish. This shy animal is also common in the dunes, deserts of Arabia. Alarmed chinkara runs at wild pace until it finds cover behind bushes or in ravines. In addition to that, it depends on using it’s equally developed sense of sight, scent and hearing. Grass, leaves, succulent fruits such as pumpkins, melons are integral portions of a gazelle’s diets. Moreover, it meets its daily water intake from the sap vegetation and dew drops. Additionally, it also drinks from water reserves when available.

Indian Wolf (Landga)

 

Smaller and slightly built in comparison to European Wolves, Indian wolves have shorter fur and minimal underfur. Although it has a resemblance to the Arabian wolf, the hair on the back of Indian wolf does not fade in summer. It is thought to be an adaptation against the solar radiations. The hair is darker on the back, sporting a V-shaped patch around the shoulders. Uniquely the limbs of this beast are paler than the body, with underparts are almost white. Conversely, the pups are with dusky brown, with the creamy patch on the chest. The milky white spots fade as they grow up.

Indian wolf’s habitat is similar to those of its subspecies. However, the pack of Indian wolves rarely exceed 6-8 individuals. They are less vocal to there European relatives and hardly known to howl. These members of the canine family breed between October and December and raises there litter in holes or ravines. The antelopes – Chinkara and hare found in this sanctuary are their typical preys. They have a smart strategy for hunting, as one of them acting like a decoy. While other attacks from behind. They also have the reputation of steals live stocks from the shepherds. Reason being they were mass hunted in British era. An estimated amount of 100,000 wolves were killed between 1871 to 1916 as bounty.

Indian Fox (Khogad)

 

Indian fox is known for its elongated muzzle, long and pointed ears. Its bushy tail is about half the length of its body and head. The colour of Indian fox varies from shades of grey to brownish red. It stands 46cm tall and weighs around 2-4 kgs.

Indian fox is unique to the Indian subcontinent. Eventually found in Nepal, Himalayas and parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Striped Hyena (Taras)

Striped Hyena is reasonably large but short torso in proportion to the long legs. The hind legs are shorter than that of the front leg; hence Striped Hyena appears to have a downward slope towards the back. Like a german shepherd dog. Thick neck, massive head, Powerful claws and big paddy paws are identities of Indian Striped Hyena.

The striped hyena is found widely on continents of Asia and Africa. There are sizable numbers of them on Decan Platue.

Jackel (Kolha)

The golden Jackel is native to Europe and Asia. Jackel is smallest in size measuring 71-85 cm and weighing 6-14kgs. Females are slightly shorter to the males.  Identically they are smaller than the Arabian Wolf with shorter legs and tail with a more elongated torso. Jackels have a less prominent forehead and a narrow, pointed muzzle. Furthermore,  their coat colour can vary from pale creamy yellow in summer to the dark tawny beige in winter.

Birds :

There are many birds local to Baramati, and surrounded region. In the same fashion, you can read the special article about migratory birds.  This page is exclusively for the local birds. Thanks to tree plantation effort by Pawar administration In Baramati, you can spot most of the birds in the city too. The bird of this region include :

Indian Bushlark

 

Bushlark is a bird that belongs into the family of lark family of birds. Moreover, It is commonly be found in the South Asian region, surrounding India and Sri Lanka.

 

Indian Pond Herons

 

Indian Pond Heron is a bird that is inherent to India. This bird also beings into the family of small heron birds and has got old world origins. Pond Heron is pitiless preditor of Frog. Notably, its diet also consists of freshwater fish.  Eventually, it can swallow just one at a time. Hence the balance of the nurture is maintained, and there are enough fishes and frogs left to breed and nurture in years to come. This is a common bird to the town of Baramati along with Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Red Wattled Lapwing

 

Red Wattled Lapwing is an Asian lapwing bird species. Just like the other lapwing birds, considered as a ground bird species.

 

Yellow Wattled Lapwing

 

Yellow Wattled Lapwing is a lapwing bird that has got yellow coloured wattles and legs. Indeed, the cap black has enhanced the overall look offered by this bird.

 

The Egrets

 

Great Egret – Great Egret bird species is also being called as the common egret bird. The Great Egret is a white coloured heron bird, which is physically bird than many other birds found in the same family.

Cattle Egret – Cattle Egret belongs to the cosmopolitan family of birds. It can usually found within the subtropics and tropics surrounding the warmer temperature zones.

Little Egret – Little Egret is another bird that can found within the small heron bird family. This bird has a lower body and has got white coloured plumes on the chest as well as in the back.

 

Black Night Crowned Heron

 

Black Crowned Night Heron is a small heron bird that is thick in proportions. They are having thick necks and flatheads, which make them look unique when compared to the other birds.

 

Brahminy Kite

 

Brahminy Kite is called the red-backed sea eagle too. In like manner, this bird is a medium-sized bird that is commonly found in Australia.

 

Darter

 

Darter is a bird found in the tropical climates. You will be able to discover Darter birds in South Asia as well as in South East Asia.

 

Greater Spotted Eagle

 

Greater Spotted Eagle is called as the spotted eagle. This is an abundant bird species, which is dependent on the prays.

 

Green Bee Eater

 

Green Bee Eater belongs to the bee-eater family. Adversly, Bee Eater is a resident bird, which is vulnerable towards the seasonal movements.

 

Indian Nightjar

Nightjars is a medium sized crepuscular and nocturnal bird. The extremely long wings distinguish this bird that it has.

 

Painted Stork

 

Painted Storks is a relatively large bird species. It is one of the most colourful birds that can be found out there in the world, along with a striking wing pattern.

 

Purple Moorhen

 

Purple Moorhen birds are called as mosh-hens too.  Moorhen is a medium-sized water bird, which belongs into the rail family of birds.

Sikhra

Shikra is a small bird found in the Accipitridae bird family. This bird has distribution across Africa and Asia. One can spot Shikra birds in the wetlands.

 

Wire Tailed Shallow

Wire Tailed Swallow is a small passerine bird that belongs to the swallow family. It has two subspecies and found in India as well as in Africa.

The wire-tailed shallow pair remains faithful for life. They are considered auspicious in China, bringing happiness to the marriage and good luck to the home. Its arrival in fields predicts the timing on monsoon. Wire Tailed Shallow collects mud from the wetlands and feeds on the insects while farmers are working in the paddy fields. They collect mud to repair there mud nests, which indicates the arrival of monsoon.

 

Indian Spotted Billed Duck

 

The Indian Spot Billed Duck is a large dabbling duck species. This duck is a non-migratory bird. Spot Billed Duck id widely found in the freshwater wetlands across the world.

 

Palm Swift

 

Asian Palm Swift is a small, swift bird. This bird is remarkably similar to the African Swift birds that you can find out there in the world. Unlike there brothers who live in caves and stone edges in mountains, Asian Palm swifts nests in Palm leaves.  Swifts are a social bird and fly in groups of hundreds and thousands feasting on insects.

 

Grey Heron

 

Grey Heron is the largest heron bird that you can find in Europe. It has got a strong and a long neck. Also, Grey Heron has long yellow-coloured legs.

 

Little Cormorant

 

Little Cormorant is a small bird species that belongs into the cormorant family of seabirds. This bird wanders near the small rivers that you can find in the Indian subcontinent. Eventually,  keep an eye around, It is very common to spot Cormorant even while on road to Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher A.K.A the Eurasian kingfisher. This is one of the smallest kingfisher species that you can find out there in the world.

 

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper is a smaller species of water. The Sandpiper has white coloured underparts and brown coloured upperparts.

 

Red Avadavat

 

Red Avadavat is a smaller South Asian waxbill. Most of the people in today’s world prefer to adopt Red Avadavat as a cage bird.

Crested Goshawk

Crested Goshawk is a bird from the tropical Asian region Wildlife. Uniquely, Goshawk is related to the raptor birds such as buzzards and eagles.

Garganey Duck:

 

Garganey Duck is a small dabbling duck. Western Asian region as well as in Europe is home to these Ducks.

 

Comb Duck:

Comb Duck is one of the most prominent types of ducks that you can find out there in the world. Above all, It is a pretty much unusual duck as well. The comb duck is a member of wildlife in India, moreover found in America widely.

 

 

Things to Consider before visiting Mayureshwar.

The WildLife population in India is affected profoundly. Sadly, the high rate of predation, random killing for flesh and skin are the reasons. Habitat-Destruction for human settlements and agro-industrial use. Above all, not to mention we have taken so much away from them, So it would be wise to consider some points before visiting the sanctuary, the place is there last chance of survival.

  1. Kindly acquire permission from the office to take your private vehicle and for Photography in the reserved land.
  2. Use the footpaths in the jungle marked by the officials as your guideline to enjoy the nature.
  3. You may or may not see big animals while windering in the sanctuary. If you are lucky to see some, great! But don’t miss some of the smaller species founds in the forest, like birds, insects and little games.
  4. Do not explore the forest in the dark (before sunrise and after sunset).
  5. Kindly maintain silence in the forest, and do not evoke aggressive behaviour in wild animals. Observe them from a distance.
  6. Do not collect herbs, birds nest and eggs in the forest.
  7. Avoid smoking as it can be responsible for wildfire. Try to exhaust in case of fire, and inform the authorities as soon as possible.
  8. Do not bring domestic animals and pets within the boundaries of the sanctuary to avoid attacks and infections to the wild animals.

 

 

 

 

 

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