Birding at Keoladeo National Park - Bharatpur

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In the last week of December 2017, we were at Keoladeo National Park - Bharatpur. We started from Kolkata, had been at Varanasi, Agra and now at Bharatpur. The purpose of visiting Bharatpur was seeing birds in Keoladeo National Park. On 29/12/2017, we reached Bharatpur at around 05:00 P.M. and checked in Iora guest house which I have booked earlier. Itís a nice guest house. Room, toilet, bathroom is very clean and big enough (15x15 ft) to accommodate us and our luggage. Geyser was working nicely. Owner Mr. Devendra Singh was a nice and helpful gentleman. He is a guide cum naturalist approved by the Department of Tourism, State of Rajasthan and has been working as professional naturalist and photographic field guide since 2002. We ordered tea and pakoda for snacks. For dinner, we ordered tawa roti with chicken curry and salad. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. We requested Mr. Singh to book cycle rickshaws for us. Mr. Singh told us to visit park as early as possible in the morning. We all were very excited to visit the park and see the birds.
Next day on 30/12/2017, We got up early in the morning. Visibility was good since the fog was less. In the meantime, cycle rickshaws came. They will charge Rs. 150/- per hour per cycle rickshaw. Itís a standard rate fixed by the park authority. After breakfast, we started at 08:00 A.M. The distance of the park from the guest house is less than a KM and we reached there within ten minutes. Entry fee for adults: Rs. 75/-, for children (5 to 15 years of age): Rs. 20/-. Keoladeo National Park is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is named after a Keoladeo (Shiva) temple within its boundaries.The 29 SQ.KM park is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps and wetlands. The park is home to over 370 species of birds and animals such as the basking python, painted storks, deer, nilgai and more.It was also known as the breeding ground for the rare and elusive to spot Siberian crane. There are 4 modes of transportation inside the park:Walking, Bicycles (Rs. 50/- per day), Cycle-Rickshaw (Rs. 150/- per hour), Tonga (Horse Carriage). The park management has trained the rickshaw pullers in bird watching and they make for extremely knowledgeable guides. We thoroughly enjoyed their company. Inside the park, we saw many migratory as well as local birds e.g. Indian Peafowl, Indian vulture, grey hornbill, parakeet, spot billed duck, black headed ibis, chinese coot, northern pintail duck, egret, oriental magpie/robin, heron, white throated and pied kingfisher, lesser whistling duck, water hen, spotted owlets, darter, cormorant, yellow footed green pigeon, drongo etc. We were there up to 01:00 P.M. and returned back to guest house. In the evening, we have our return train. We requested Mr. Singh to book an auto rickshaw. Auto rickshaw came at right time and we headed for Bharatpur rly. station. The train got late by 12 hours due to the fog and finally, we reached Kolkata on 01/01/2018.

Egyptian Vulture
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Grey Hornbill
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A flock of Chinese Coots
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Male spotted deer crossing the road
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Oriental Magpie - Robin
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Fantastic photos! Appreciate you taking the time to share.
We want more Brings back fond memories.
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Wonderful photos..post some more.. the first image looks like an Egyptian vulture to me , may check with experts.
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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post Fantastic photos! Appreciate you taking the time to share.
We want more Brings back fond memories.
Thanks for your appreciation. It was my pleasure.
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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post Wonderful photos..post some more.. the first image looks like an Egyptian vulture to me , may check with experts.
You are right. It is Egyptian vulture only. Sorry for the mistake.
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Originally Posted by travelmanna View Post You are right. It is Egyptian vulture only. Sorry for the mistake.
I edited the name.
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Yellow footed green pigeon
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Heron
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White throated Kingfisher
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Egret
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Lesser whistling duck with spotted deer
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Excellent photos and very brief & informative reporting. The Contact no. of the lodge will add even more value to the TR.
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Wonderful report, travelmanna
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Lovely trip report & pictures.

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