The quest for “Dongar Dudaa”

Forest Owlet, Heteroglaux blewitti

The quest had long been in the making but it was being postponed for quite some time because I knew whenever we started out we will surely complete it. Umm… will cut out the dramatics – “Dongar Duda” is the local Korkus name for the critically endangered Forest Owlet, Heteroglaux blewitti.

Rann of Kutch: Day 7 – Last day and the Last word!

Short-eared Owl - Asio flammeus, Grab the large size to make a widescreen wallpaper

All good things come to an end would be a cliché but then they do and today was the last day of this mega birding trip and it was a fitting end I would say! We had reserved the morning for the McQueen’s Bustard. The day started with a close encounter with a Steppe eagle. […]

Rann of Kutch: Day 4 – Super speciality birding!

The critically endangered Sociable Plover - Vanellus gregarius

24th Jan, 2010: A day of “Super specialty birding” is what I would call the day! Swati and Aasim opted to stay back due to yesterday’s tiring drive. So I went along with Mr Jugal Tiwari to a thorn forest near Banni grassland searching for the first target species of the day. “White-naped Tit” – […]

Rann of Kutch: Day 3 – Bonanza continues…

Crab-plover - Dromas ardeola

23rd Jan, 2010: Started the day with an excyrsion to the Naliya Grasslands. The trip started off well with spotting of a Male Pallid Harrier soaking up the heat of the early morning sun. As soon as we had enough of the Harrier we spotted another beautiful lifer Black Francolin.

Rann of Kutch: Day 2 – A day of plenty!

Grey Hypocolius- Hypocolius ampelinus (male)

22nd Jan, 2010:  The night was an uneasy one for Swati, she sweated out her fever, but that had the advantage – she was feeling much better in the morning. We were up at 6:00 and out at 6:30 as planned. It was pretty cold in the Banni Grasslands. The first target species for the […]