After the night train hassle we arrived to Delhi where we were transported to the Domestic terminal to take flight to Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat where we were spending the rest of the trip. As expected birding was not the primary activity today but we still had a few lifers.
From Ahmedabad we had a crazy and never ending drive to our hotel near Jamnagar. It was just unbelievable. The bus was one of the most uncomfortable vehicle I have ever traveled by. The whole trip was about 330 km (205 mi) long trip but we accomplished it in 9 devastating hours. Why Jamnagar? We had been invited to participate on the first Global Bird Watchers Conference to be held in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Guys from many countries were collected at the Ahmedabad airport so we got some new fellow.
Exhausted conference participants are dreaming about their comfortable hotel bed. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Gujarat seemed to be the kingdom of Black Kites. We saw more than 200 birds along our way. Lifers included some beautiful Sarus Cranes although I wished for an even more perfect view on them. Painted Storks, Black-headed Ibises and Red-naped Ibises were also seen through the window of the bus. The lifer list could not be increased further today but despite the 23 hours ongoing traveling this was a really nice result.
Painted Stork were seen widely in the state. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Black-headed Ibis were occasionally seen on fields. © Gyorgy Szimuly
At our arrival to the Hotel Express Residency we were completely exhausted and dived into bed without too much hesitation.