Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bird Photography at Little Rann of Kutch Gujarat


This visit to the Land of Raptors was only to see the birds of prey. It wasn’t the best season to visit, which is otherwise Dec and Jan. So the effort per-se was astronomically high and the results were not so encouraging. Even then, I managed to add 14 new species to my Life-List which is now at 327 however the milestone of 400 is still a long way to go! 

Bird watching in Little Rann of Kutch is an experience of a life-time. If ever you feel disappointed not to find any raptors, just look at those most innocent faces of the beautiful Wild Ass and you will not regret your not-so-successful ordeal to find the birds. If ever you feel tired of driving for hours in that terrain, just look at the endless horizons of that great salt desert or just cherish the lakhs and lakhs of Flamingoes at one end of the horizon, and there is a chance that you might feel you are not on the planet earth. 

Here are the pics, 

Peregrine Falcon
The all famous Falcon sky-dive at 320 km/hr is done by this bird above - catching and killing its prey in mid air, this is one of the most dangerous predators in the avian world.


Amur Falcon juv

Amur is a place in Mongolia and Amur Falcon is known to travel from Mongolia to South Africa. In this journey it takes rest in various places in India - right from Nagaland till Little Rann of Kutch. It is very rare to find this bird and click it.

Common Kestrel Male

Montagu's Harrier Male

Pallid Harrier Female

Eurasian Marsh Harrier Female

Eurasian Marsh Harrier Male

Indian Spotted Eagle

Greater Spotted Eagle

Egyptian Vulture juv

Egyptian Vulture

Peregrine Falcon

Common Kestrel Male

Indian Spotted Eagle

Short-eared Owl

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Male

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Female

Desert Wheatear Female

Desert Wheatear Male

Common Crane

Common Crane

Dalmatian Pelican

Eurasian Roller

Barn Swallow

Crested Lark

Isabelline Shrike

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Pied Avocet

Pied Avocet

Black-tailed Godwit

Indian Wild Ass

Indian Wild Ass

Indian Wild Ass

Nilgai Female

Monitor Lizard

Wild Cat

Little Rann of Kutch

Little Rann of Kutch

Little Rann of Kutch

Little Rann of Kutch

Little Rann of Kutch

Bird Photography at Thol Bird Sanctuary Ahmedabad Gujarat


I was pleasantly surprised to see the birding potential in Thol Bird Sanctuary. We reached Thol at around 10 AM and spent around a couple of hours walking on the lake side. It was neither the season to visit Thol nor was it the early morning time, even then I was easily able to spot some of the beautiful birds – both land birds as well as the water birds. I didn’t have the time to walk much further on the lake shore, so I just went about a couple of KM. Still this short visit was really fruitful at that odd morning hour on a non-winter month.

I wonder what it could have been if I was there at 6 AM on a day in December / January. The close proximity to Ahmedabad for bird watching activity cannot be any better than Thol.

Enjoy the pics!

Darter

Darter

Glossy Ibis juv

Pied Cuckoo / Jacobin Cuckoo

Small Minivet Male

White-eared Bulbul

Eurasian Collared Dove

White-browed Fantail

Oriental Magpie Robin Female

Lesser Whitethroat

Greenish Warbler (lifer)

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Indian Silverbill

Comb Duck

Comb Duck

Lesser Whistling Duck

Northern Pintail Female

Common Crane

Common Crane

Great Cormorant

Cow