Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary : Keoladeo National Park

So if you followed my suggested itinerary for seeing the Taj Mahal at dawn, that leaves you the rest of the day to go touring with your car and driver.  As a bird watcher and nature lover, the lure of one of the world’s leading bird sanctuaries at Bharatpur was irresistible. It’s a 1.5 hour drive away so easily doable as a day trip.  So armed with my long lens and binoculars,  I headed to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary  aka Keoladeo National Park…

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Now, had I planned this even better, I should have stayed the night at one of the lodges here or arrived here early in the morning….but this was not to be so I arrived just before lunchtime. Thankfully, there was shade from the trees…

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Now, the way to get around Bharatpur is by rickshaw. At the entrance after buying a ticket, you will be surrounded by these rickshaw wallahs who have been doing their job for years.  This gentleman who took me around was knowledgeable about the birds and it was really not necessary to hire a naturalist. Now to the birds….despite it being lunchtime I saw a number of lifers….

Brahminy starling

eurasian collared dove

eurasian collared dove

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grey nightjar

jungle babbler

jungle babbler

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bee eater with dragon fly lunch

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egret

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rickshaw

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beautiful raptor..a shikra

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rufous treepie

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painted storks

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Indian Darter taking flight

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Indian darter drying itself

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Christmas tree of painted storks

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open billed storks

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spotted owl

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jungle babbler

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brahminy starling

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pied crested cuckoo

  So that was 3 hours in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary….next time…I’d spend a day and a night!

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