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

7 comments:

  1. A wonderful and envious trip. I have this place in mind. Just one thing - the roller is Eurasian and not Indian Roller. Congratulations - if it goes to your lifer list...

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    1. Simerpreet ji, thanks for the correction. I already have Eurasian roller in my life list though.

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  2. As usual great pics...wonder that the Rann of Kautch has such variety in fauna...

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  3. Beautiful sumeet!!!exemplary...never thought these prey birds can also look beautiful..n tht rann of kutch is purely divine..One of my dream destinations..keep it up..n be inspired and keep inspiring :)

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    1. Thanks Priyata. LRK is surely a very rare combination of terrain, flora and fauna. Hard to find another one like that anywhere across the world.

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  4. Rann of Kutch, along with the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands on its southern edge, is situated in the district of Kutch and comprises some 30,000 sq km (10,000 sq mi) between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River in southern Pakistan. The marsh can be accessed from the village of Kharaghoda in Surendra Nagar District.
    http://www.iwte.in/little-rann-kutch

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