31
Jan
08

Daroji Bear Sanctuary

Hampi Panorama

Visiting Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary had been on our long standing wish list of places to visit, but it somehow never materialized. Thus when the Sloth Bear Foundation announced the Karnataka birders meet on 15-16 December, we knew we couldn’t miss this opportunity. The intent of the meet was to increase the awareness of the place and to let people experience the wonders it has to offer.

Yellow Eyed Babbler Painted Spurfowl
Yellow Eyed Babbler Painted Spurfowl

The trip did live up to our expectations and probably a lot more. The rocky terrain of Daroji provides an excellent habitat for the Sloth bear amongst other animal and bird species. It also provided fantastic photographing opportunities. We got to meet and interact with a number seasoned bird watchers and naturalists. The group was very diverse both in terms of the age of the participants as well as their bird watching experience.

Jungle Babbler Closeup Grey Francolin
Jungle Babbler Grey Francolin

We had great sightings of the Painted Spurfowl, Grey Francolins, Jungle Bush Quail, Peafowls, Jungle Babblers, Yellow-eyed Babblers, Lesser White-throat Warbler, Chestnut-shouldered Petronia and scores of other birds. Mammals sighted include the Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Wild-boar and the Black-naped hare.

 

Little Brown Dove Brahminy Starling
Little Brown Dove Brahminy Starling

We had a short visit to Hampi and its surrounding areas, which provided good sightings of the many birds including the Yellow-throated Bulbul, Plum-headed Parakeet and White Wagtail. Due to time constraints, we could hardly spend any time in the Hampi ruins which are fantastic and warrant another visit just for their exploration.

 

Jungle Babblers Feeding Yellow Eyed Babblers
Jungle Babblers Feeding Yellow Eyed Babblers

Daroji is surely a wonderful place to visit, both to experience the wildlife in the sanctuary as well as to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Hampi. For more information on the approach to the place and accomodation, please visit the official Daroji website at http://www.karnataka.com/slothbear/

 

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10 Responses to “Daroji Bear Sanctuary”


  1. February 1, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Lovely photos as usual and a wonderful write up as well. Thanks for the info. I have always wanted to visit this place, having heard so much about it.
    Just a question on the Yellow eyed Babbler – Any idea why they call it so? – its eye looks reddish in color.

  2. 2 thoughtsinflight
    February 3, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Hey Rohini,

    Thanks :) According to the bird book, the yellow eyed babbler has a yellow iris and an orange eye-ring. The orange surely looks much more prominent than the yellow !

  3. February 26, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Lovely post Sachin. Seem to have lost touch with you, rather! I couldn’t go to Daroji, I am glad that you did! Did you meet Santosh Martin of the sloth bear Foundation, who is also an NTP member?

  4. 4 Anonymous
    February 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Lovely article….Good to know you had a great time in Daroji! Daroji seems like birders’ heaven! :-)

  5. March 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Loved the Pano image of Hampi and all the bird images.Francolins and Spurfowls are fantastic!

  6. March 3, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    beautiful images sachin. Enjoyed looking at them as well as reading the the trip report.

  7. 7 thoughtsinflight
    March 4, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Thanks all for your comments and feedback, we will have more coming up soon.

  8. August 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    nice bird photos, by the way what camera do you use?

  9. January 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

    http://e英語.com/ Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time :-)

  10. January 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Visiting Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary had been on our long standing wish list of places to visit, but it somehow never materialized. Thus when the Sloth Bear Foundation announced the Karnataka birders meet on 15-16 December, we knew we couldn’t miss this opportunity. The intent of the meet was to increase the awareness of the place and to let people experience the wonders it has to offer.


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