Wednesday, 3 March 2010

11th February 2010 Naliya Grasslands.

Full day around Naliya Grasslands in the western end of Kachchh, with Veer, one of the guides from C.E.D.O. The day started with 16 Demoiselle Cranes and a Short-toed Eagle in a roadside field, after this we went into the grasslands proper, driving along various dirt tracks. Although very windy (by Indian standards anyway, by Shetland standards it was just a gentle breeze !), we did manage to see 5 Montagu's Harriers, 2 Pallid Harriers, 12 Black-shouldered Kites, 3 Short-toed Eagle, a White-eyed Buzzard, 15 Griffon Vultures, 150+ Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, 5 Indian Bushlarks, 2 Long-billed Pipits, a Yellow-legged Buttonquail and a Stoliczka's Bushchat, missed Great Indian Bustard, but we didn't really put that mush effort in for them as we had already seen them at Nanaj, in Maharashtra in 2007.
In a nearby partially dried up river bed we went looking for Eagle Owl, but due to the wind, there was no sign, however we did get Shaheen, 2 Citrine Wagtails, a Paddyfield Warbler and 3 Bluethroats.

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse.

Demoiselle Cranes.

Grey Francolin.

Indian Bushlark.

Long-billed Pipit.

Short-toed Eagle.

Drinking Larks.

Yellow-wattled Lapwing.


Paddyfield Warbler.


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