Saturday, February 04, 2012

Gujarat, India, Day 3, Part 1, Velavadar

Rufous-tailed Lark

A school group returning from a camp at Blackbuck National Park

River Tern

Watching the wetlands (spot The Biggest Twitch...)

Nilgai or Blue Bull


Indian Robin coming to feed on ants

On our second day in the field, we headed to Velavadar and Blackbuck National Park. The area is renowned for its massive harrier roost, though we didn't stay long enough to witness this (we did see plenty of single Montagu's and Pallid Harriers, as well as both spotted eagles and a single Lesser Kestrel). There was a bit of confusion concerning our permit to enter the park, which led to a delay of entry, and a bit more time at the nearby wetland, the highlights from which were Long-billed Pipit and White-eyed Buzzard.
The Bluethroat appeared alongside me at a little ditch where I was eating my lunch and starting to ache all over as the first wave of illness overtook me (the low point of the trip for me).

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