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Keoladeo National Park,Bharatpur, 250111

It's such a relief to have the Photobucket links working again....so here's how we started our trip to Bharatpur. On the 24th, thanks to theBangalore smog, our flight to Delhi took off an hour and a half late..which meant that by the time we drove from Delhi to Bharatpur, and checked in at the

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:

brtpr sign 250111



The Park has always had very eco-friendly transportation, thanks to a limited area open to tourists, and a flat landscape:

ecofrndly trnspt 250111

Cycles are also on hire, but it's better to hire the cycle-rickshaws, of which there are about 150 registered ones:

Puran Singh's rickshaw 250111

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!

Puran Singh 250111

And here are some of the birds that we spotted, or observed, on the first day.

I'll start with the very beautiful

RED-THROATED FLYCATCHER:


rd thrtd flcttchr 250111

a common bird in the area is the

BLACK REDSTART:

(this one's the male)

blk rdstrt ml 250111

another old friend from south India, but which sat far more in the open than it does here, was the

RUFOUS TREEPIE:

rfs trpie 250111

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

COMMON MOORHEN:

cmn mrhen 250111

the

SPOONBILL:

spnbl 250111

the

BLACK-WINGED STILT:

blk wngd stlt brtpr 250111


the
GREYLAG GOOSE:



greylg gse 250111

It was lovely to see many

BAR-HEADED GEESE, and other waterbirds, too...the pics are on Facebook,

click here

(alas, it will work only if you are on Facebook!)

We saw several raptors, including this

GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE:

gtr sptd egl 250111


Another bird of prey that we were lucky to spot, was this majestic

DUSKY EAGLE OWL:

dky egl owl 260111

That was a mother, and we soon saw her owlet, too, looking fearful and vulnerable:


dsky egl owlet 250111




Let me end the first day's sightings with the iconic bird of Bharatpur, the

SARUS CRANE:

Sarus crns brtpr 250111

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!
Tags: birding, delay, delhi, india, national park, travel
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