In this, his second guest post, Niranjan continues his reminiscences of his Kutch trip, with a more detailed report of the fifth day spent on the Rann of Kutch. To read his earlier post, click here.
We started from Zainabad to Moti Virani, Kutch district on the morning of the fourth day of our trip – 28th December. We reached our destination by evening and had ample time to cool our heels and take some rest before embarking on another adventure into the wild. We were greeted with a terrific lunch. Whoever says that Gujarati food is sweet, should try out Kutchi food. It is very spicy and reminds of Andhra J
29, December, 2011
The morning began with a journey to the Banni grasslands Reserve. One sight of this place will remind anyone of the Savannah grasslands.
The day began with our capturing the brilliant sunrise and being treated with the sightings of many Montagu’s and Pallid harriers looking out for their early breakfast.
Montagu’s Harrier holding its prey in her legs
On the way, we also spotted Chestnet-bellied Sandgrouses:
After capturing many more Harriers, Common cranes and Indian Nightjars on the way, we made a stop in the open for having a breakfast. There we were greeted with a Red-tailed Wheatear on the rocks next to our car.
After having a breakfast, we started moving again and exploring the landscapes for more birds.
On the way, we saw Nomads passing...
by. I was told by the Naturalist, Mr.Jugal Tiwari travelling with us, that these nomads go on for days in this desert surviving only on Camel’s milk!
On the way, we were greeted by the Desert Wheatears:
We were ably guided by Mr.Jugal who runs an NGO in Moti Virani called CEDO(Centre for Desert and Ocean). We then went to an open area, where we saw Stoliczka's Bushchat.
On the way, we were lucky to catch a glimpse of the Common quail which is amazingly swift :
We also sighted an amazing number of Common cranes on the way back.
After an hour at lunch, we started again for the Banni grasslands for more of bird-watching.
We were lucky enough to capture Sociable Lapwings.
We saw the MacQueen's Bustard at a distance, running from our jeep J
The 5th day of the trip of Kutch finally finished with a lovely sunset…
And before I sign off, here is one last pic...one with my friend, Nirvita in the frame....
The trip was not yet over, and more was to come. Look out for my next post about the final days of our trip!
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