Birds of Jaisalmer and Khichan

Rounding up a family vacation in Rajasthan, I took the opportunity to visit Khichan village in the Jiasalmer district of Rajasthan. This village is a unique example of what conservation and nurturing can do to birds. Demoiselle cranes migrate from Europe and have made Khichan their home year after year because of the local community support.

There were hundreds of these cranes either feeding or hovering around. Though it was 1 PM and not the best time to shoot managed a few against a blazing sun.

Jaisalmer has the Desert National Park. The hope was to spot the great Indian bustard. However we did see a few flying at a distance but none on the ground :(

A desert wheatear.

Indian courser

A distant shot of a cinerous vulture only available between Pakistan and Western deserts of India

On our way back and Chinkara gave a startled look

An Egyptian vulture

A feast of dead camel for a group of vultures ( White rumped and long necked) a very rare sight these days to see so many vultures together.

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