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Bar-headed Goose

When we are in school, We read in newspaper that Rajhansh ( રાજહંસ ) has visited the Thol Bird Sanctuary. At that time when we heard word Hans than we think about swan and we also thought that swan was visited the place. Over time get to know they are Bar-headed Goose. They know as Rajhansh ( રાજહંસ ) . We walk lot to photography them in thol. Walk around 5 to 10 km from entry to other part of lake to click them. But at this time we just get them in front of camp site. We took good images of both the geese.  17 th March 2017 Thol Bird Sanctuary, Mehasana, Gujarat, India Nikon D500 AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR f/8, 1/250,iso-800 Previous                                                                                                                                   Next

King of Blackbuck National Park - Indian Wolf

When you are doing birding with your friends and family, it gives u lot pleasure than just doing alone. In winter we visited the Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar in beginning when park open. We generally see lots of Harriers in Velavadar, as this place is the largest roosting site of harriers in Asia. But other than birds it is also popular destination for mammals. Not the big cats but fascinating sighting of Indian Wolf and Striped hyena is normal here. This year we search for Indian Wolf and we were lucky to found two Grey Wolf near water hole. Water is dripping out of their fur. After bath they just disappeared in the grassland. This predator is at the top of foodchain in region. They are the King of Velavadar Grassland.   20 th October 2016 Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar, Bhavnagar,  Gujarat, India Nikon D500 AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR f/8, 1/250,iso-800 Previous                                                                                   

Painted Sandgrouse - Pair

Painted word attract me lot. I want to see Painted Sandgrouse, Painted Francoline, Painted Spurflow and etc. This time when we visited the Kutch, This birds are in my tops list. It was not that we did not see this birds. But any how we want to see it again and again. We were luck to see this birds. This bird spend good time with us when we see them. The painted Sandgrouse is a resident bird found throughout the central, north western India. It is a terrestrial bird usually seen in pairs. It is found in areas of low rainfall on sandy and gravelly plains with tussocky grass and……….. Local name of Painted Sandgrouse (Pterocles Indicus) is  રંગીન બટાવડો . The painted Sandgrouse is a plump ground-dwelling bird with a small head and short legs. It is gregarious and groups congregate at waterholes to drink. Size of Painted Sandgrouse is between 25 cm to 30 cm including the tail. The Weight of adult is between 170 g. to 240 g.  They have Swift flapping flight. Breeding takes place a

Common Hawk-cuckoo

Presence of Common Hawk-cuckoo is easily detected at our campus whole year by its loud calls. It is specifically more vocal in summer. We can hear its calls literally throughout the day, early mornings are their favourite time for singing. In fact these manic, piercing calls sometimes gets on our nerves and earned its famous nickname ‘ brain-fever bird’ . The call of this bird also popularly transcribed as brain-fever in English from its remarkable resemblance to the word "brain- fever… brain-fever…” repeated 5-6 times in a piercing voice running up the scale. The bird is called “ બાપૈયો - Bappaiyo ” in our Gujarati language. Here in Gujarat farmers consider call of Common Hawk-cuckoo as good omen…! Rural people believes call of Common Hawk-cuckoo is a sign of rain coming very soon…! The common hawk-cuckoo is a medium- sized cuckoo, with distinctive yellow eye ring, easily mistaken for Shikra. But then easily separate by cuckoo-like bill, broadly barred tail and n

Common Kestrel

30th April 2016 Little Rann of Kutch, Kutch, Gujarat, India Nikon D7100 AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E f/8, 1/2500,iso-400           Previous                                                                                                                                                                         Next

European Roller

20 October 2016 Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar, Gujarat, India Nikon D500 AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR f/8, 1/800,iso-250 Previous                                                                                                                                   Next

Dalmatian Pelican

31st December 2016 Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Nikon D500 AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR f/8, 1/1250,iso-320 Previous                                                                                                                                   Next

River Lapwing

W e visited Chambal riverbeds at Pali-ghat near Sawai Madhopur during our RNP visit. O ur primary purpose is watching Gharial in its natural habitat. But we are always up for birding. In our Chambal river visit, we find many birds including Small Pratincole, Little Cormorant, Indian Skimmer, little Tern and this beautiful lapwing.  It share Chambal riverside with other resident lapwing, Red-wattled lapwing. At distance, we observe something different about their head pattern, hunched posture with head and neck almost cautiously drawn + notable size. When we tried binocular, it shows crest, without doubt its River Lapwing. River Lapwing, as name suggests, found primarily along rivers, in fact hardly ever met with away from them. It is pleasure observing the bird with its crest up. We got some nice clicks of this beautiful black and white bird while its busy in feeding - insects - in the sand and vegetation at the riverside. They look elegant with beautiful blue background of fl