Arrival of Migratory Birds in Bharatpur of Maharashtra, Nandur Madhmeshwar

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It was fine Sunday morning when Shreya insisted her Papa to take her for a short trip nearby. It was a month of November. The atmosphere was not so chilly so  Shreya and her family were all set to gothey decided to go Nandur Madhmeshwar, a beautiful Bird sanctuary that is located in the Niphad Tehsil of Nashik district in Western Maharashtra.  Shreya and her family were all set to go!

Bharatpur of Maharashtra

Nandur Madhmeshwar

Nandur Madhmeshwar is a beautiful place located along the Nandur Madhmeshwar dam at the confluence of the Godavari and Kadwa rivers. It comprises of evergreen forests, trees and a spectacular lake which is always over flowing.


There are about 460 species of plants, out of which nearly 80 are aquatic plant species. The trees that are found on the outskirts of the lake are Babul, Neem, Tamarind, Jamun, Maharukh, Vilayati Chinch, Mango, Pangara, Nilgiri, etc. The surrounding areas and partly submerged areas are intensively cultivated for wheat, Jowar, Sugarcane, Vegetables etc.

Known as the Bharatpur of Maharashtra, Nandur Madhmeshwar is full of migratory birds in the month of November every year. The bird lovers and the photographers flock to the beautiful sanctuary to capture the rare yet beautiful moments with these foreign birds. The winged creatures from several countries have arrived here unlike their usual pattern. A keen observation done by the Nature Club revealed that over 5000 of birds has arrived here due to availability of ample food.

At the onset of winter season and usually in the month of November every year, flocks of several kinds of migratory birds begin to arrive at Nandur Madhmeshwar dam and the bird sanctuary. This huge get together of various birds at the sanctuary also attracts the bird lovers who swoop upon any opportunity to notice them closely. Along with the bird lovers, the wildlife photographers too visit here to capture the birds in the reel.

Migratory Bird (Ruddy-Shell Duck)

Migratory Bird (Ruddy-Shell Duck)

The water released from Gangapur and Darana water reservoirs is stored at Nandur Madhmeshwar and later on  released from here through canals for irrigation. Silts and organic matter that are carried away with water flow are accumulated in the lake, due to which islands and shallow water ponds have been created. This resulted in the biological enriched conditions by which aquatic vegetation has been stabilized.

Hub of Resident and Migratory Birds

The Nandur Madhmeshwar sanctuary is a harbour for  more than 220 species of birds, 400 species of vegetation, 24 species of fishes and several small mammals. The place experiences both resident as well as migratory birds. The migratory birds found in this sanctuary are White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills, Flamingo, Goose Brahminy Duck, Pintails, Cranes Shanks, Godwits, Weavers, etc. The resident birds include Black Ibis, Spot Bills, Teals, Little Grebe, Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Stork, Kites, and Vultures etc. OMG!! It must be real beauty and fun to watch these beautiful birds very closely  🙂

A beautiful bird at the sanctuary

A beautiful bird at the sanctuary

The nature lovers shall be glad to learn that the Nandur Madhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary is now counted as one of the important fowl water habitats by the “International Union of Conservation of Nature”. Nandur Madhmeshwar is really like one more feather added in the scenic beauty of Nashik district.

Shreya enjoyed this beautiful trip, so what are you waiting for? Plan a short trip and visit Nandur Madhmeshwar and witness natures outstanding beauty.


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