Cruising with River Terns in Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 24

A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka

There is something enchanting about early morning and evening cruises in rivers and lakes – and I sure was looking forward to one in Bhadra Reservoir.

The staff at River Tern Lodge had requested I be very punctual for all activities – and I was. Only for the guide and some other guests to keep me waiting for 45 minutes. I had a long driving day ahead, and this delay was not good for my mood.

Eventually we were off – the first stop being an island where the birds River Terns flock by tens of thousands during the breeding season of April and May. I was a little early in the season, but would spot a fair number for myself.

The cruise last over an hour and a half with many a pleasant sight of birds. Enjoy the images and plan a trip for yourself too.

The motorized boats to take you on a cruise in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
The motorized boats to take you on a cruise in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
A River Tern in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Barn Swallows in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka (This is what the guide told me they are)
Barn Swallows in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka (This is what the guide told me they are)
Ashy Woodsparrows in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Ashy Woodsparrows in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Ashy Woodsparrows in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Ashy Woodsparrows in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Indian Spot-Billed Duck in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Indian Spot-Billed Duck in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
The Great Egret in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
The Great Egret in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Cormorants in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Cormorants in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Cormorants in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Cormorants in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Cormorants in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka
Cormorants in the Bhadra Reservoir, Karnataka

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