Sukhna lake is part of Le Corbusier’s grand design for Chandigarh, the City Beautiful. Chandigarh is a beautiful city; and the lake is special and very popular place. Sukhna lake is a nature reserve, and is also very accessible for families.
This recording was made early in the morning – about 6:30am. I sat on the shore of an inlet, just off the path that circles behind the lake at the western end of the park. It was a Sunday morning, and even very early there were quite a few families and children about.
The bird calls and songs are wonderful. I recognise only a few – Koel, perhaps Indian Cuckoo, Mynah, some warblers of some kind, some flies, some fish jumping out of the water. Around I saw two different kinds of kingfishers; both very busy diving in for fish. Here are pictures of each of them:
Overhead are quite a few black kites; a bird very common in northern Indian cities. Where I live on the Welsh border we have a lot of Red Kites; they are closely related I believe; they certainly look very similar. Here is one of the locals of Sukhna lake: