Date: Feb 18th 2012
To get there: [Click here for Google Map].
It is close to Queensland Amusement Park on the Chennai-Bangalore National highway. To get on the Lake Bund Road, turn right into a narrow kutcha road next to corner temple (small) while going towards Chennai, about 3kms after Queensland and 10kms after Sriperambattur. From Chennai, this road comes about 4-5kms after Poonamallee, right after some official water treatment plant and you have to turn left onto it.
Distance: About 10 kms from Sriperambattur or 25kms from Chennai.
Trail type: There is a motorable road on the Bund, wide enough for 2 cars that one can also walk on comfortably. We drove on it for about 4kms and I believe it continues for couple more and joins the highway near Sriperambattur. Ideal for car birding by stopping along the way or if you prefer, park the car at any widened area and walk the trial.
Facilities: None, though the highway has plenty of eateries and lodges.
It was a family get-together planned at an resort near Queensland Amusement Park near Chennai that prompted me to scout that area for potential birding sites. One look at the Google Satellite view of the area was enough to show Chembarambakkam Lake and its magnificent spread. As always, myself and my wife planned to get there early morning on Sunday for a much anticipated birding session.
|Crow harassing Brown-headed Gull|
|Early morning Fog over the Bund Road on Day 2|
This is not really, what you may call a family trekking trail but surely a nice birding trail of a lake habitat if you happen to be near that area for whatever reason. Since you are on the asphalted road atop the bund, you avoid the usual unpleasantness when walking along edges of most lakes in India.
Highlights from the Bird Checklist:
- Eurasian Wigeon (100's)
- Cotton Pygmy Goose (50's)
- Spot-billed Pelican (50's)
- Lesser Whistling Teal (pair)
- Asian Open-billed Stork (100's)
- Barn Swallows (many)
- Brown-headed Gull (solitary)
- Pheasant-tailed Jacana
- Whiskered Terns (many)
- Little Grebe