Bird Photography Tour to Haji Malang Hills

Malanggad is a fort situated 15 kilometres from Kalyan with a great history about it. The elevation of the fort is 3200 feet. The closest railway station is Kalyan Junction. The surrounding areas comprise small hillocks, farmlands, grasslands, shrubs and open woodland.

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About: Haji Malang, also known as Shri Malanggad, is a haven for birdwatchers. It is considered to be one of the last remaining habitats for grassland species in the Mumbai Metropolitan region. The area includes small hills, farmlands, grasslands, shrubs, river banks, and open woodlands.

As a result of its diverse habitats, this area is home to a 220 species of birds that can be seen throughout the year. After the monsoon season, the place is teeming with passage migrant birds such as the European Roller, Eurasian Cuckoo, Blue Cheeked Bee Eater, and Painted Francolin. It is also one of the few places around Mumbai where you can spot raptors (birds of prey), such as the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Steppe Eagle, GSE, ISE, Indian Eagle-owl, and harriers, which are abundantly found here during winters. This is thanks to the presence of farmlands that harbour a significant population of mice and snakes, in addition to the poultry waste that is dumped by nearby poultry farms.

Nearest Train station: Dombivli

Target species expected: Raptors like Indian and Greater Spotted Eagles, Steppe Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Peregrine and Laggar Falcons, Montague and Pallid Harrier, Black-winged Kite, etc Grassland birds like Red Headed Bunting & Black Headed Buntings, Baya Weavers, Tricolored and Red Munias, and Grasshopper Warblers. During late September and October birds like the Painted Francolin, Pied Cuckoo, Cinnamon Bitter, European Roller, Eurasian Cuckoo, and cheeked Bee Eaters.

Pricing: INR 1500/-

Group Size: 4 Participants + 1 Leader

Itinerary: 11 Feb 2024

  • Meet Jungle Buddies Expert Mr Milind Ganatra near Morvica Sarees Shop, Dombivli East  by 7.00 AM.
  • Drive to Haji Malang Hills. (Drive time 30-45 mins)
  • Birding in Haji Malang Hills
  • End the session with a group selfie around 11-11.30 AM
  • Drive back to Dombivli Train Station

Price Includes:

  • Jungle Buddies Expertise
  • AC Car transfers from Dombivli to Haji Malang & back to Dombivli

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