White Squirrel

There are many tree squirrels on trees nearby my house in Pune. My house is bit outskirts of Pune & there is a good plantation in the nearby area.  I spotted a strange movement & thought that it might be some different bird. Surprisingly it was a juvenile white tree squirrel.

White Squirrel

White Squirrel White Squirrel

 

I don’t know if it is a normal habitat of these squirrels in Pune or not.

I saw same sized many juvenile squirrels but only this one is odd. Is it possible that this is tree squirrel but born white due to some deficiencies? Experts, please comment.

I hope this cute animal doesn’t become prey to Shikra or any other raptor due to lack of camouflage.

Birds from Jath & Sangli

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Above bird is – Black Shouldered Kite (कापशी घार) – I saw it on Sangli – Islampur road near Ashta.

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Above one & below two photos are of The Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura) also sometimes called the Rufous-tailed Finch-Lark

The photo was taken at Jath – Sangli district

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Below is Grey Francolin in Marathi or Hindi it is called as Teetar तितर

– at Jath – Sangli district

Teetar - Grey Francolin

Shooting Moon

photo of moon
Half moon

To photograph moon is always been a challenge to me. Last night it was clear sky & half moon was shining brightly.

I mounted my DSLR on a tripod with 55-250mm lens on it. After few attempts of playing with aperture, shutter speed & ISO, I was able to shoot this photo.

This photo was composed with – exposure time 0.01 sec, F – F/5.6, white balance: Auto, ISO 100 in shutter priority mode.

 

 

 

Sinhgad fort

Sinhgad fort is the nearest fort to Pune city.  On the weekend of 9th Jul 2011 me & my two colleagues Subhash Darade & Sandip Daware decided to climb up the Sinhgad fort for hiking.  We got together near khadkwasala dam & took a quick breakfast from a street vendor.

There are two main ways to go to Sinhgad fort from the base. One road is ghat road using which one can go to the top ( Machi ) by vehicle. Another road is for trekkers. We selected the second option. We reached the base of the fort ( Donaje  Village ). In this village, you can park your vehicles by paying nominal parking fees to villagers.

We started climbing at 8:20 AM.

At Donaje Village - start of trekking
At Donaje Village – the start of trekking

In below photo Sinhgad top looks hidden in the clouds. It was not raining much.

View of Sinhgad from Bottom..
Sinhgad fort in the clouds

We started climbing. There were very few groups to accompany us. Generally, Sinhgad is a favorite destination of Pune people. We talked with one old couple getting down from the fort. They had started early in the morning  & come down within two hours.

With few minutes of climbing, there was a beautiful view of a waterfall.

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View of a waterfall on Sinhgad road

Such scenery is refreshing. One does not feel tiredness of the physical activity. There are tough to climb slopes. But always there is one hard to climb short way & one long but easy way. We were using tough routes.

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aslant paths

Here comes a beautiful view of Sinhgad Valley ( I should say “Maval” valley )

 

 Maval Valley
Beautiful view of Maval Valley from Sinhgad

Climbing Sinhgad fort is a test of your physical endurance. We took about two to three small breaks. Since all of us are regular in exercise so we managed to reach the first gate for fort within one hour & fifteen minutes.

 

Gate of Sinhgad fort
Gate of Sinhgad fort

By the time we reached there, a lot of visitors already reached on the fort by vehicle using easy way. Many vendors sell boiled ground nuts, buttermilk, cucumber, raw mango etc food items.

Fort inside the gate is a huge area with a lot of points to see. At the entrance, there is a location map one can refer to

 

Location Map on the fort
Location Map on the fort

Some pictures on the fort.

We visited many points on the fort. Wind point is a place where high wind for valley comes on the fort. The wind is so high that you could hardly stand there.  A small water stream falling in the valley was getting sprinkled up high in the air.

We walked all over the fort for a couple of hours & had typical Marathi lunch “Vange Bharit, Bhakari & Bhaji”

The weather on the fort was cloudy.

Cloudy view
Cloudy view
Cloudy
Cloudy

We took about one hour to come back down the fort.  That was a really good experience. I also shot few videos. I shall post them here soon.

View all photos of this visit on https://picasaweb.google.com/iphotic/20110709_SinhgadHiking