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Sykes’s Lark

Aug 09 2012

Sykes’s Lark (Galerida deva) Found in dry open country, this bird is identified from other crested larks by small size, prominent crest, pale rufous underparts, stout bill and less extensive streaking on the breast. It is found in Central and South India. I’ve observed adults feeding a fledgling very close to Bangalore, indicating that the bird breeds as far south as Bangalore (if not further South). This bird was photographed near Greater Rann of Kutch on December 31, 2011.

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Family time

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Dec 01 2011
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It was a February evening in Banni Grasslands, Greater Rann of Kutch. As the sun began its journey to the other side of the earth, the Indian Fox (Vulpes bengalensis) pups came out of their den and began their antics. They chased each other around for some time, bullied their sibling and ran in and out of the den. Once in a while, they would demand attention from their parent. And get all the attention showered upon them. An unforgettable evening.

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Sociable Lapwing

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Nov 30 2011
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The Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) is a Critically Endangered bird in the wader family. From their breeding grounds in Russia and Kazakhstan, the birds migrate south in winter, with a population heading to north-west India. They’ve been recorded from Kutch regularly; the sighting in Tal Chapar was the first one recorded in recent times. This bird was photographed one evening at Banni Grasslands in Greater Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.

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Resting it out

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Nov 25 2011
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Crab Plovers (Dromas ardeola) are the only species in their family (Dromadidae). They are related to waders and their beaks have beem specialized to feed on crabs. These beautiful black-and-white birds migrate to India’s coasts in winters. Juveniles, born during summer, also undertake these migrations along with their parents. Here, a juvenile (the one on the left with the light-greyish plumage) is see resting out a warm winter afternoon with its parent at Modwa beach in the Gulf of Kutch.

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