Or Bund Baretta as it's pronounced, and following a tip from one of the Bharatpur guides, set off into the Pampas swamp downstream from the dam, following the map that he had drawn for me precisely and hey presto – Indian Hyena ! But it didn't hang around long enough for any photos. Also in the Pampas swamp were loads of Red Avadavats and Common Rosefinch feeding on the seedheads, plus a couple of groups of Yellow-eyed Babblers.
The small stand of Banyans below the dam held a couple of Olive-backed Pipits, an Orange-headed Thrush and lots of Large-billed Leaf Warblers with a few Tickell's Leaf Warblers thrown in, and a large roost of Indian Flying Fox.
The reservoir itself had some large rafts of duck on it, but, as they were duck I couldn't be bothered going through them.
As the day wore on and became hotter, several Raptors started soaring above the ridge – 2 Booted Eagles, a Shikra, 2 Indian Spotted Eagles and 7 Indian Vultures (one even landing on a ledge on the ridge). It's good to see that the Vultures in this part of India are making a small comeback at least.
|Indian Flying Fox|
|Large-billed Leaf Warbler|