These are the birds you can expect to see around lakes and ponds in Rajasthan. Selected from the many photos I have taken whilst visiting India, all of the images were taken Rajasthan, mostly in the Udaipur area...... a very good starting point for bird photography or bird watching. November to February is the best time to visit as it is a major area for winter migrants.
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All photos ©Keith Rawling 2010-2016
Sarus Cranes, the largest of the three, mate for life and are rarely seen alone.
The aptly named Painted Stork, use the group fishing technique to good effect.
Left: Young one shares a joke.
The Spotbill Duck is probably the most often seen of the ducks in the area.
The Pied Kingfisher hovers before diving for fish
The Combe Duck is the largest of the ducks
Ruddy Shelduck ..also known as the Brahminy Duck.
Black Crowned Night Heron using an inner-tube as a fishing platform
White Wagtail - (dukhunensis)
Photography on location by
Yellow Wagtail -imm - (thunbergi)
Citrine Wagtail - (Calcarata)
Udaipur is a great centre for birdwatching and bird photography. Around the lakes present good opportunities to spot something different and get close enough to get excellent photos. For the rarer species obviously it's better to get out in the countryside. A car or rickshaw make a very good hide. A lot of these photos were taken with Samshu. A good and trusted friend who knows the best places to get good photos.
I use 'Birds of the Indian Subcontinent' published by Oxford University Press as my main reference book. Easily the best book on the subject that I've seen. Consequently these species are named to align with this publication. I also consult 'Birds of India' - OM International Press. Both obtainable at the Strand Bookshop Mumbai.
Techie Info: For Bird photography in India I travel light, two cameras, and two lenses - attached. I don't like changing lenses in case dust gets in. Currently I take Nikon D7100s, a 28-300mm lens which I find easier to track the birds in flight, but I also have the new 80 - 400mm lens when I require that extra reach. Set to shutter priority (1000th) to capture movement and to limit camera shake. The light is fantastic so 100-200 ISO is OK most of the time.
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Woolly Necked or White Necked Stork
Demoiselle Cranes fly over the Himalayas from China to over-winter in Rajasthan and Gujarat. A fabulous sight and sound as they pass over-head in flocks of thousands. In several places villagers make 'feeding stations' along the route so they can feed and sleep in safely.
The Open Billed Stork's beak is shaped as it is to allow the birds to pick up the water snails that it exclusively feeds upon.
Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird
Cotton Pigmy Goose or Cotton Teal is the smallest of the Ducks (or Geese, depending on which book you refer to) either way it is definitely the cutest.
Small Pratincole - courtship
Yellow Wagtail - (feldegg)
The Common Crane is larger than the Demoiselle Crane, seen here with a young one.
The Black Necked Stork is a globally threatened species. This is the only one I've seen in Rajasthan
The Greater Flamingo is a winter visiter to Rajasthan feeding on the invertebrate- rich waters and finding time to do a little courting.
Common Sandpiper Courtship dance
Lesser Whistling Duck with young
Like the Demoiselle Cranes, Bar Headed Geese fly ove the Himalayas to winter in Rajasthan. They have been recorded flying as high as 23,00 ft.
Cotton Pigmy Goose or Cotton Teal .
Little Ringed Plover Chick
Yellow Wagtail - (thunbergi)
Citrine Wagtail - imm - (Calcarata)
Yellow Wagtail - imm - (lutea)
White Wagtail - (dukhunensis)
Black Crowned Night Heron