Udai Vilas Palace Hotel
(excellent, and just 1km away from the bird sanctuary!)
it was too late to go birding; so we started off in good time on the 25th morning.
Here's the sign at the entrance to the Keoladeo National Park:
The Park has always had very eco-friendly transportation, thanks to a limited area open to tourists, and a flat landscape:
Cycles are also on hire, but it's better to hire the cycle-rickshaws, of which there are about 150 registered ones:
Rickshaw-pullers (or pedallers, to be precise) like Puran Singh have been doing their job for years, and are excellent wildlife/bird spotters and guides. Here he is...doesn't he look venerable? He's fighting fit, with all that cycling every day!
And here are some of the birds that we spotted, or observed, on the first day.
I'll start with the very beautiful
a common bird in the area is the
(this one's the male)
another old friend from south India, but which sat far more in the open than it does here, was the
Waterbirds were in plenty (though I don't know whether, before the Govermnment stopped the water supply to the Bharatpur Lake,and then restored it when the bird populations dwindled drastically... the populations were even more large) and included the
It was lovely to see many
BAR-HEADED GEESE, and other waterbirds, too...the pics are on Facebook,
(alas, it will work only if you are on Facebook!)
We saw several raptors, including this
GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE:
Another bird of prey that we were lucky to spot, was this majestic
DUSKY EAGLE OWL:
That was a mother, and we soon saw her owlet, too, looking fearful and vulnerable:
Let me end the first day's sightings with the iconic bird of Bharatpur, the
These birds mate for life, and are held up as examples of faithfulness and undying true love!
Gaaaah, it takes forever to post on this tablet, so...next post later!