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Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore (Karnataka), IndiaPhoto Gallery

Facts & Figure

Area : 0.67 Sq. Km
Altitude : 920m
Temperature Range : 35°C to 15°C
Best time to Visit : June to November

About Ranganthittu Sanctuary

Located on the banks of the Cauvery River, the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is spread over a group of six islets. The islets were formed when a dam was constructed across the Cauvery River in the 1700s. Its small size notwithstanding - Ranganathittu covers an area of only 0.67 km² - the isolated islets and the abundance of aquatic insects during the monsoon make Ranganthittu a favorite destination for the avian species.

Due to the visionary efforts of noted ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, Ranganthittu became a designated bird sanctuary in 1940. During his survey of the birds of Mysore, Dr. Ali advocated for the establishment of such a sanctuary and eventually impressed upon the Woodeyar kings of Mysore to declare the area a wildlife sanctuary.

Birds In Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary is home to a myriad of bird species such as cormorants, darters, white ibis, storks (spoonbilled, openbilled, painted, white necked), egrets, herons, terns, swallows, streaked weavers, ducks, teals, sandpipers, kingfishers, and other exotic bird species that fly to the sanctuary in large flocks. The mammal population consists of fruit bats, bonnet macaques, palm civets, common mongoose and common otters.
Access from Airport Access From Airport

Mysore domestic airport is the nearest air terminal, which is nearly 14 km away from Srirangapatnam. Bangalore is the nearest international airport which is at a distance of 140 km away from Mysore. There are regular flights to Bangalore from all the major cities in India. Bangalore is connected to many international cities as well.



Access From Railways Access From Railways

Mysore railway station is the nearest railhead to Srirangapatna. Mysore is connected to Bangalore, which is 140 km away. Bangalore is well connected to all the other cities in India.





Access by RoadwaysAccess From Roadways

There are excellent bus services provided by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation connecting Srirangapatna to other nearby cities. Vanities of tourist buses, A/C, super fast and Deluxe Volvo buses, are available from Bangalore to Srirangapatna.
Follow the below given Travel Tips For Bird Warching

• Be sure you have a decent pair of binoculars and have adjusted and practiced using them.

• Always locate a bird first with your naked eye. The field of view through binoculars is much narrower, making it harder to search.

• Consider colors a bonus. Except under the best of conditions, it is hard to see feather colors accurately. Light reflection and shadows often distort, dull, or exaggerate colors. Consider other factors first. If conditions are good, consider color a bonus. Of course, there are species for which accurate color determination is essential for accurate identification.

• Size is helpful, but conditions can be misleading. A bird soaring overhead or flying by may seem much larger or smaller than reality. A reference object is helpful - a tree, fence post, telephone pole, etc.

• Observe the shape or profile of the bird. A long-bill, long legs, or tufted head immediately eliminates many possibilities.

• Habitat is always a useful consideration. In the midst of a coniferous forest you expect to see a different set of birds (avifauna) than you would on an ocean shore or in a city park.

• Note the behavior. Wading in shallow water, climbing a tree trunk, swimming, diving through the air, emerging from a mud nest, or sitting on a fence post, all narrow the choices down considerably.India Birding Tours, India Bird Watching.

• Songs and calls are excellent identification mechanisms and sometimes the only way to identify a bird because some species can only be distinguished in the field by their calls; and it is not uncommon to hear birds but not be able to find them. This takes a lot more practice than learning visual characters. I find it easiest to learn songs and calls if I am able to watch the bird singing or calling.

• Use a good field guide as they identify characteristics (field marks) most helpful to identification.

• Finally, my most important recommendation for the beginning birdwatcher: go out in the field with those folks who know the birds.
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