Friday, September 5, 2014

A visit to Bharatpur/Keoladeo Bird Sanctury, Rajasthan

This trip was part of my first trip of 2014. We covered 3 birding spots in Rajasthan and Bharatpur was first location.

We reached Bharatpur by train, left our luggage at clock room of railway station and left for Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Sanctuary is located around 5kms from Railway station. We took an Auto-Rickshaw (Rs90) to reach Bird Sanctuary.

Sanctuary can be explored on foot or by bicycle. The sanctuary administation provides the option of hiring a bicycle or cycle Rickshaw. We hired bicycles(Rs 50 for 6 hours) and a Guide(Rs500 for 6 hours). In the beginning we didnt want to hire a guide, however they convinced us by promising to help us spotting Owls and NightJars. So if you are visiting don't believe any claims of Guide.

Sanctuary is pretty big and takes more than one day(Dawn to Dusk) to cover the sanctuary.

Following are the images that I have captured at the Sanctuary:

Pair of Yellow footed green pigeon.

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Most commonly found being at this sanctuary


A Warbler

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A monitor lizard basking in sun 

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A Northern Showler male in flight 

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A Common Teal male in flight 

Teal male in flight

A Rosy Pelican in flight 

Rosy Pelican in flight

A blue Bull male grazing away 

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A Cormorant in flight 

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A Common Teal female in flight 

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Pair of Spot billed duck 

Spot billed ducks

A RedStart male 

Redstart male


Reed Warbler

Little Cormorant in flight 

Greater Cormarant in flight


Darter/Snake Bird

Sleepy Night Heron
   Night Heron

Standing pretty, a Blue Throat 

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Upclose and personal with a Monitor lizard 

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Juvenile Rock Phython basking in the sun
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Checking out the scent 

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Cautious Indian Jackal 

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A female Redstart 

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Coot stampede
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Ferruginous Duck male and female 

Ferruginous duck male and female

Painted Stork in flight 

Painted Stork

A Whistling Duck closeup 

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Coot Portrait 

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A Whistling duck in flight 

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Indiam Moor hen

Lake full of Pintails flying away from Marsh Harrier 

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Little Gerbe 

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