Finally we had a very peaceful morning with a lovely and slow breakfast in the Hotel Express Residency. The taxi picked us up in the morning and we departed for the Little Rann of Kutch where we spend the some days before leaving home. Our accommodation was in the Royal Safari Camp near Bajana village.
On our way to Bajana we saw mainly common species however spotting a flock of 300 Demoiselle Cranes was nice. After arriving the hotel we soon packed for a late afternoon jeep sarafi. On our way to the edge of Little Rann of Kutch just after Patdi I spotted a beautiful Red-necked Falcon next to the road. It allowed a perfect and very close view. A little further Balázs picked a kneeing Indian Stone-curlew under a bush. What a find of a recently split shorebird.
Balázs was watching hunting Green Bee-eaters from the foreground of our bungalow. © Gyorgy Szimuly
The vehicle and the guide. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Our guide took us to a wetland where we saw those species we also have here in our hometown. Greylag Goose, Northern Pintails, Gadwalls, Eurasian Wigeons and Northern Shovelers were the most abundant on a large lake.We saw quite many shorebirds as well including 70 Black-winged Stilts, 8 Pied Avocets, 160 Black-tailed Godwits, 24 Marsh Sandpipers, 10 Common Greenshaks, 8 Wood Sandpipers, 6 Common Sandpipers, 8 Little Stints and 30 Ruffs. I was happy to watch them through the scope despite no exotic local bird was found.
The atmosphere of the streets was incredible. I have been wondering how they could manage to carry so many people on that single vehicle. © Gyorgy Szimuly
We were guided around the area and saw many nice species. Again we had a brief view on a few Yellow-wattled Lapwing while we saw many Red-wattled Lapwings at almost every water patch. This area was quite good for raptors including Eastern Marsh Harrier, Black Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Besra, Crested Honey Buzzard, Peregrine and Shaker Falcon as well as Black-winged Kite.
Edge of the semi desert with livestock. © Gyorgy Szimuly
In the bushy edges of the large visited lake Long-tailed Shrike, Bay-backed Shrike, Indian Robin, Pied Bushchat, Variable Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Rose-coloured Starling, White-eared Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Greater and Lesser Short-toed Lark, Purple Sunbird, Citrine Wagtail and Tawny Pipit were seen. In the marshy lakeside Wire-tailed Swallow and Paddyfield Warbler were spotted.
Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark was common on sandy and arid lake shores. © Gyorgy Szimuly
Balázs is enjoying to watch some beautiful Purple Swamphens through the golden painted Swarowski. © Gyorgy Szimuly