We decided to cover Kavadi in the morning and Dive ghat and road to Bhuleshwar in the afternoon.
Route taken for the trip was as follows
Started at 6am from Kothrud
Birding on the road from Kavdi phata till the river.
Birding at the river.
Started return by 10:30am.
Took the road exactly opposite the kavdi phata going towards Phursungi
Kavdi-Phursungi-Pune Saswad Highway-Dive ghat-Saswad-Road towards bhuleshwar
Started back at 3pm
Saswad-Dive ghat-Manterwadi phata-Katraj bypass-Katraj-Banglore highway-Chandani chowk-Expressway-Mumbai
Reached Mumbai by 7pm
The road leading from Kavdi phata to the river is also full of activty.
Good place to spot pied bushchat, bulbul, laughing dove, babblers, barn swallows.
Pied Bushchat (male & female)
Crimson breasted barbet
Large Grey Babbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Wire Tailed Swallow
White Throated Kingfisher
Kavdi is the best place i have ever seen to spot a snipe.
In a single frame you can spot atleast 10snipes sitting pretty in open if not in complete open and far away for a camera but very good view for a scope.
From Kavdi via Phursungi we joined the pune saswad highway.
Had amazing maharashtrian lunch of bhakari, pithla, vangyacha bharit (baigan bharta), bhajanicha thalipith at this junction.
Proceed after lunch to Saswad via Dive ghat.
As we reached the top of Dive ghat we spotted a raptor and stopped the car to a side and observed the raptor. There were black kites and within them was a single steppe eagle.
I was looking out for sometime for black bucks and finally saw a group of 4.
As we were returning back we saw a huge raptor sitting on a leafless tree. It was a steppe eagle.