Common green magpie
Could not make much of an image but I was extremely happy to get this skulker! Its colors are so vivid. I was also quite surprised to know that it frequently preys on small reptiles, mammals, young birds and eggs.
Ibisbill, found it in River Kosi near the Garjiya Devi temple in the outskirts of Corbett National Park. River valleys frequented by the Ibisbill have very little vegetation and gentle slopes which makes for a slow flow of water.
During my last trip, I took around 3 canoe rides in the backwaters of Denwa River. I loved that we were able to get quite close to the birds. It also allowed us to make images from a very low level. The canoe obviously covers less distance, but it gives you the flexibility and chance to navigate yourself to capture any of the birds that you come across. There is also a boat ride option, it will cover a much larger area, but I feel it compromises on flexibility and you also tend to scare most of the birds away because of the sound. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the birding opportunities in Satpura. Would love to hear others experiences
If you wish to access Mukki Gate first, it's better to take the route from Nagpur or Raipur. Jabalpur is the best option if you plan on entering from the Khatia Gate.
If you're looking for accommodation options, there's a rest house at Nagrota Surian. You can call here for bookings: 01970-233156 (till the last time I was there). There are other rest houses in Dehra and Jawali too but those are slightly far from the Lake.
The MTDC Resort at Bor Wildlife Sanctuary is a 5 minute drive from Bordharan Gate. The tariff for AC and non-AC rooms vary from Rs.1000 to Rs. 1700. The last time I went I couldn't book online. We managed to get in touch with Mr. Chavan for bookings - 08007749353 / 9823348180.