Fishing the Kerala Backwaters is not confined too humans. These are some of the birds I photographed in just one afternoon whilst leading a tour earlier this year.
The Darter is a beautiful bird, a little like a cormorant but with a longer neck which gives it its common name of ‘snake bird’ as the darter sits very low in the water so that its long neck looks like a water snake.
There are, of course, plenty of kingfishers on the Backwaters.
Stork billed Kingfisher
Another common bird seen all over the continent is the Indian pond heron.
Egrets are also very common fishing birds in southern India.
As the Backwaters run parallel with the sea coast there also plenty of gulls fishing in the area.
Cormorants can be see throughout Kerala and Tamil Nadu as they are very partial to a nice piece of fish!
One of my favourite birds is the brahminy kite which can be seen fishing both fresh and salt waters of the Indian sub-continent.
Hopefully some of you may one day book a holiday with us and I can show you these beautiful creatures live and in their natural habitat!