Friday, September 5, 2014

Winged Scavengers' heaven - Jhorabheeri/Jhorbeer

There are only handful of places left on earth that are suitable for Vultures to survive. One of them is Jhorabheeri/Jhorbeer located 14 odd Kms from Bikaner, near Camel Research Institute also known as Camel Farm locally.

Reached Bikaner by train. Checked in at Bikaner Hotel. Struck a deal with a Auto-Rikshaw guy for 600 INR, 200 INR for one way journey and 200 for waiting at the field.

Caution: This place is full of feral dogs and these dogs arn't afraid of humans. In case you are planning to visit this place then carry a strong stick to protect yourself from these dogs. Do not visit this place after sunset or before Sunrise.

This image sums up the density of scavengers at this location

_MG_5991 DS Small

The smallest Bird Of Prey we have spotted here. A Lagar falcon feasting on fresh kill

_MG_6278 ds small ps

Lagar Falcon in flight

_MG_6226 dsbsmall ps

Cinereous vulture

_MG_5968 ds small

Cinereous vulture in flight The largest and the rarest Bird of Prey we spotted here. Its a Cinereous vulture, a migratory bird, a winter visitor in India from Pakistan. they stick to Rajasthan and go back to Pakistan.

_MG_6172 ds small ps

A Eurasian Griffon

_MG_6014 ds small ps

Eurasian Griffon gliding
  _MG_6184 ds small ps

The Egyptian vultures pair (Adult and Juvenile)

_MG_5416 DS Small

A adult Egyptian vulture gliding

_MG_5928 DS Small

A juvenile Egyptian vulture landing

_MG_5980 ds small

The mighty Steppe

_MG_6056 ds small ps

A Steppe eagle taking off

_MG_5995 DS Small

Steppe eagles hanging around

_MG_5418-1 DS Small

A close up of the mighty steppe in flight

_MG_5830 ds small ps

An aged Steppe, this was the largest Steppe that we spotted at this location

_MG_5842 DS Small ps

Apart from these scavengers we have also spotted couple of small birds

A silver bill Munia

_MG_5341-1 ds small

A Variable wheatear

_MG_6284 ds small ps

And desert Jird

_MG_6253 ds small ps


Sumeet said...

Lovely shots, loved each of them. You seemed to have a fascination towards birds of prey. Good work.

NaveenKumar Reddy said...

Thank you Sumeet, yeah simply powerful and they right there sitting on top of food chain :D