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Go Green & Preserve Nature

A visit to Sattal, Nainital, Pangot in the Himalayas and came back awestruck at the beauty of the colourful Himalayan birds. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds.

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A short trip to the world’s famous ‘Keoladeo National Park” at Bharatpur, Rajasthan and had some great experiences with the “Sarus Cranes”. Bharatpur is a great place for nature and bird lovers. The early morning mist of winter adds to the allure and photographing the birds as well as mammals such as the deer, nilgai etc in the misty background and marshy land is a fabulous experience.
 
The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds and is a preferred choice for photographers.

A visit to Sattal, Nainital, Pangot in the Himalayas and came back awestruck at the beauty of the colourful Himalayan birds. Sattal or Sat Tal (Hindi for "seven lakes") is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India. Set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the few unspoilt and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds.

Blue Whistling Thrush (picture Sattal – near Nainital)


“who does not enjoy a cool bath” … this Blue Whistling Thrush sure was. It was afternoon time, but the temperature was still in single digits (rather cold). Not for it though. It took a dip, flapped its wings, sent a spray of water all around, took a break and repeated the act a few times. Look at the joy & happiness on its face & its eyes. I had to capture this “joy”, glad I was able to as it was real quick & I had to get my shutter speed really up to capture the moment.

Common green magpie  (Sattal – near Nainital)


“enjoying a sip” … this beautiful shy green bird is hard to spot. I got lucky as it took a sip, looked up , with a water drop dripping from its beak , making it a beautiful sight to capture through my camera. It gave me just a few seconds, before flying off. Was a highlight of our Himalayan bird tour.

Sattal or Sat Tal is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India.

White-Crested Laughing Thrush (Nainital)


“chirpy, chattery, vocal & highly social” .. they made their presence felt in the thick Himalayan foliage. I captured the image of this beautiful bird with its white crest and lovely contrasting feathers

Darter Birds Rain Dance – Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Unseasonal rain shower as the darter bird flapped its wings, sending a water spray all around. The golden sun rays as a backdrop added to the mystical appeal. An amazing “rain dance”

Sarus Crane - “the tallest flying bird” – Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

How tall can the Sarus get? 1.8 m or 5 ft 11 inches. Seeing this Sarus stand up & flap its wings, do you have any doubt about that? It is the tallest flying bird

The Dance of the Sarus Cranes – Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

“Misty romance” … till death do us apart. Committed for life, they are a romantic species and respond to any call from another pair of Sarus cranes. That morning it was misty, there was love in the air and the Sarus Pair broke into their dance & calls … one sight, I was not going to miss out on . The marshy land, the tall grass added further to their appeal.

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Parag Kulkarni

The author is Managing Director, AO Smith India

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