Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur bird sanctuary Part 2

Here is a photo summary of birds that I was able to capture,not necessarily in any order. But starting off early and reaching the park by 6.30 AM helps you to get a rich haul and also witness some activity like Sarus Cranes dancing. While walking on day 2, Vishnu alerted me about a small,rare and beautiful bird! A ‘paisa vasool’ moment ! Bluethroat. A rare sighting of this small bird with blue and red throat. Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Although the little beauty (L 14 cm) was just in front of me I could not spot it. Not wanting to miss this moment, my guide Vishnu grabbed my camera and clicked the first two pics and I managed to shoot the last two. “A small, brightly colored bird of the far north, the Bluethroat is found in North America only on the tundra of Alaska and the Yukon Territory. It is common, however, across Europe and Asia where it is not restricted to tundra habitat.” – allaboutbirds.org

Bluethroat – clicked by my guide Vishnu
Bluethroat – clicked by my guide Vishnu
Bluethroat – my click
Bluethroat – my click

The Sarus Crane: on Day 2 around 8AM, we saw a pair of Sarus Cranes and within minutes a huge crowd had gathered to capture these slender beauties. I clicked like mad as this was a lifer and present only a few here.  The sarus crane (Grus antigone) is a large non-migratory crane found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia.  The tallest of the flying birds, standing at a height of up to 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in),[3] they are conspicuous and iconic[4] species of open wetlands.  The sarus crane is easily distinguished from other cranes in the region by the overall grey colour and the contrasting red head and upper neck.  They forage on marshes and shallow wetlands for roots, tubers, insects, crustaceans and small vertebrate prey. – Wikipedia and inputs from our guide

Sarus Cranes
Sarus Crane
Sarus Cranes

Bar-headed Goose: The world’s highest flying bird.. The bar-headed goose can reach nearly 21,120 feet, new study shows… This Asian goose can fly up and over the Himalaya in only about eight hours, a new study finds – National Geographic News.

Bar-headed Goose
Bar-headed Geese
Common Kingfisher
White-breasted Kingfisher with a catch
Gotcha!
Greater spotted eagle sub-adult
Grey Heron
Little green bee eater
Spotted Owlet
Grey Heron with its catch
White-cheeked bulbul
Glossy Ibis

Part 2 ends here. I will put up the rest of the birds in the concluding portion,Part3.

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