The panoramic spectacle of Satpura is a wonderful world that allows you to immerse yourself deep into it’s flora, gorgeous fauna and specifically the winged creatures aka birds. It is especially a birder’s delight, and no amount of time spent here will be enough if you truly enjoy the company of avifauna.
For a grand experience, canoe through the River Denwa, and you’ll be amazed to find the diversity of bird species that gathers from different parts of the world, like the Stints from the Tundra region, the Bar-headed Geese from the Tibetan region, the Black Storks travelling across continents and stopping by all the way from Sahara. The Indian Skimmers locally migrate to find undisturbed mud-flats for nesting. River Terns perform their acrobatics to chase each other and woo their prized females with a fish that they hold onto as gifts until they get to mate with the females. The Terns are stunning species that aren’t shy to display their behaviour unperturbed by a drifting canoe.
No sooner do the Tern fledglings learn to fly, than a pair of Peregrine Falcons get closer to these mudflats using the cover of a few dead trees. Nearly thousands of Terns cry out in alarm when the Peregrines decide to dive onto these fledglings, the cacophony can rings into the ears for days, perhaps even nights. The desperation of the parent Terns versus the desperation of the Peregrine’s hungry fledglings is worth a gasp!
There are a few favourite places to look for Owls in Satpura, a few would be found close to the lodges. You can take the help of the naturalists at the Forsyth Jungle Lodge property; most of whom are acoustic learners especially when it comes to birding. Certain Owls along with nightjars hoot the night with their melodies and mysteries, especially when summer sets in. Melodies of Mottled-wood Owls crying, the hooting calls of the Rock-eagle Owl; and the big hits are when the naturalists get to hear-pinna pick out a Hawk Owl or a Brown Wood owl or maybe even the Jerdon’s nightjar. And during the day, differentiating warbler’s species and pipits by their call, or tracking a Sloth bear by listening to the leaf crunches and its habits of blowing a heavy breath into termite mounds.
Oh yes, in between you can pick up the sounds of a million cicadas, crickets, mosquitoes, toads, Chital’s giving distress calls across several kilometres. There are also lots of leopards in the park; and there are Safari drives specifically designed to help you spot a leopard in its natural surrounds – that is perhaps another major highlight of this park.