Wednesday, 3 March 2010

29th January 2010 Nal Sarovar.

All set for a full day at Nal Sarovar until we got a puncture about 4 miles south of Sanand, the driver then discovered that the spare was also flat and had to walk to Sanand to get it fixed ! This left us to bird at the side of the road for nearly 2 hours, which wasn't so bad with 20+ Red Collared Doves on the overhead wires, a fly-over Egytpian Vulture and 20+ Painted Francolin.
Hired a small boat at Nal Sarovar and was rowed over to one of the small islands, Where we spent about an hour birding - 20+ Citrine Wagtails, 200+ Yellow Wagtails, 20 Temminck's Stint,2 Moustached Warbler (the only sighting for the whole trip), 90+ Clamorous Reed Warbler, 5 Black-breasted Weavers, 50+ Rose-coloured Starlings and 4 Common Starlings.
Back on the lake there were 100+ Dalmatian Pelicans, 1 Asian Openbill, 600+ Greater Flamingo, 3000+ Coot, 100+ Pheasant-tailed Jacana and 5 Pallas's Gulls.
Scanning the distant marsh from the road between the lake and the entrance gate, there were around 800+ Common Cranes, 100+ Demoiselle Cranes and 9 Sarus. About 100+ Ashy-crowned Sparrow Larks were around the waste ground near the shanty town at the lake.
After leaving Nal Sarovar, we managed to get another puncture in virtually the same place as the earlier one ! This worked out really well, as there were 2 Sarus in the field right next to the road.

Black-winged Stilts (loads at Nal Sarovar).

Black-breasted Weaver.

Dalmatian Pelican.

Pheasant-tailed Jacanas.

Rose-coloured Starling.

Red Collared Dove.

Sarus Cranes.

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