Monday, 23 April 2012

Parrot Island in Andman: Delight for Bird Lovers

It always a pleasure to go to mom’s house and for me its double pleasure. First, I will be meeting my parents and secondly, I will get the chance to see more exotic places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This time, I decided to explore Baratang Island. I have heard a lot of stories about Parrot Island which is a part of Baratang Island. The Parrot Island is a natural habitat for parrots in this region. Thousands of parrots returning home before every sunset is a unique and must see view for all nature lovers. I thought of visiting this unique Parrot Island.
Thousands of parrots returning to Parrot Island before every sunset

We started off early morning for Baratang Island. Baratang Island is located at about 100 Km off the Capital city of Port Blair on the NH 223 (known as Andaman Trunk Road) towards Diglipur. We went through our car and than from a ship.

Baratang Jetty
This island has dense Tropical Forests of all types ranging from tidal swamp forest to Evergreen to littoral forests laced with sandy beaches along its coast at Baludera, Roglachang etc. But my eyes were searching for parrot Island.
The guide told us that we will go to parrot island through a small boat at around 3:30 pm, so that we can see the thousands of parakeets (mixed group) roost in this island every night. We spent our time visiting lime cave and mud volcano in Baratang Island.

Mangroves Trees

AwesomeView while going towards Parrot Island

Our Boat moving quickly towards Parrot Island

At 3:30 pm, we reached at Jetty and took a quick boat ride to Parrot Island. The ride was for 30 minutes but it was an awesome experience to sit in a tiny boat and ride in such a harsh sea. While we were enjoying the ride, our guide showed us a tiny Island and said “that’s Parrot Island!!!”.

Parrot Island View from distance

As we approached nearer, we saw a uniquely different group of Mangrove trees that looks more like an evenly cut Mangrove garden. On this lovely, dense island, each evening thousands of parrots flock together and roost here. They leave this island next morning. What is striking is that the mangroves on this island are trimmed from time to time by the parrots themselves using their beaks in a near-perfect manner.

Parrot Island
Our boat was stopped at around 500 mts from Parrot Island. Parrot Island turned out to be a very small piece of mangrove right in the middle of nowhere! My mind was working overtime. I could see that this particular patch of mangrove had been neatly pruned by the birds and looked close to a just plucked, tea garden!  Why just this patch? Only questions no answers!
Why, how, where, what? All these questions were coming to my mind but my guide can just answer one question - WHEN.

We stopped at 500 mt from Parrot Island
They know that as the sun sets, a group of about five parrots flies over Parrot Island and leaves. Then comes a similar group which the locals say comes for an initial inspection. And then within ten minutes we see birds coming over from all the directions and settle down in the forest. It was a mesmerizing experience. The landing of parrots can be viewed from boats and it's an incredible experience to watch such a huge number of parrots landing here.

Sunset at Parrot Island

Differnt shades of sea and sky while waiting for Parrots

Finally sun was setting down near Parrot Island
The quite sea is still silent but the silent island is now a roosting ground for many parakeets. The birds that come to Parrot Island are called parakeets as they are varied groups.

Parrots are landing in groups to this unique Island
Sitting in boat for about 45 mins and watching the birds come and roost and fly inside outside the island was an amazing feeling. I cannot leave from there without wondering 'why only Parrot Island?'

How to Reach: Reach Baratang from Port Blair by STS bus or a taxi or by boat. From Baratand Jetty, take a Dunghi boat ride. There are regular ferries from Baratang Jetty to Parrot Island. It is better to visit in the evenings if you want to see parrots.


Where to Stay: Forest and Government guest houses are there near to Jetty.

12 comments:

  1. Lovely pics! Wish I could hv read the write-up..font too testing for my old eyes:)

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  2. went to andamans last year and loved it!!!

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  3. I'm amazed. I'm sure you were mesmerised. Sunset itself is a magical to watch, I can imagine what that must be like coupled with parrots returning home at the end of the day.

    Nice pictures too, Ruchita.

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  4. Thanks Everyone!!!

    India has so many places which can surprise any one but unfortunately goverment is doing little effort to promote such mesmerising place.

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  5. Nice one. Really liked the sound of parrot island. Btw, the green small ones we see in India are parakeets. The big colorful ones seen in zoos and foriegn countries are the parrots. Which were the ones here? Was hoping to see some pictures of parrots/parakeets. Disappointed not to see. But even I have not been good at capturing pictures of birds in the wild.

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  6. @Fool: Actually TF I do not have very good camera so could not take close up shots of the bird. As you rightly said, thees are parakeets. Thanks for your suggestion next time if I go to such place I will try to capture better pics :)

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  7. Excellent shots..very nice blog...:-)

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  8. we went to andaman a couple of years back..these pics just reminded me of the beautiful place..we couldn't visit parrot island for lack of time..we clearly missed out..

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  9. Good write up. Some of the images are nice. It appears that you are using a compact camera. However, you have done well.

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  10. hope the place remains like this for the comeing generation

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