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Rare owl spotted in Little Rann(Gujarat, India), bird watchers thrilled

Sighting of rare species of owl here, for the fifth year in a row, has left avian aficionados thrilled. Bird watchers in the city claim that the Pallid Scops Owl (Otus Brucie) which has been spotted at Zainabad(Gujarat, India), about 95 km from the city, during this time of the year for past five years is the same bird. Dhanraj Malik, the owner of Desert Courses who first spotted the bird and posted its pictures, said, “When the bird was again spotted in 2009, we weren’t sure weather it was the same bird. I took pictures of the bird from every angle and posted it on internet. Bird watchers from across the world confirmed that it was the same bird which had visited the spot the previous year.”


This is the fifth year when the bird has been spotted in Zainabad(Gujarat, India). Malik said, “The bird has arrived a tab bit late than its usual schedule. But that is normal considering the changes in climate. To ensure that the bird feels at ‘home’, we ensure no pesticides are ever used near the spot that it usually occupies. The owl also has a favorite tree here, so we ensure that not a single branch of the tree is chopped.

The owl makes nest on the tree till end of February. Malik said that birds have an in built GPS(Global Positioning System) system that helps them find their way back to the same place, like this Pallid Scops Owl.


Wildlife photographer from Banglore Shreeram MV has visited Zainabad(Gujarat, India) thrice in the past four years just to photograh this rare owl. Shreeram said, “The first time I saw it, I was in awe. Since then I have returned every year to spot the owl. This is a very rare bird and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph it. This year too, I will be visiting with a team of photographers at the end of the winter to click photographs of the owl”.

Birders from across the world are already booking their dates to see the bird. Malik said,” There was a researcher from New York who had done her PhD on Pallid Scops Owl but had never seen it. This year she saw the bird for the first time.”

Petit-duc de Bruce Otus brucei Pallid Scops Owl

Manisha Rajput, a bird lover and a wildlife tour operator, said, “The migratory pattern of the bird is that of a passage migrant which means that it takes more or less the same channel every year. This is an endangered species and spotting it is a big moment for the bird watchers. So many foreign tourists have booked tours because they want to catch a glimpse of this owl”.

Says Manish Vaidya, a Wildlife activist, ” Not only does the bird follow the same route, it also choses the same spot to make a nest and migrates at the same time every year”.

Courtesy:- Times Of India

Flight to Khijadia

Great White Pelican Captured at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Great White Pelican Captured at Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

The chill has set in and Khijadia bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar is bustling with activity. Hundreds of migratory birds have flocked to the wetlands here and so have the bird watchers. The sanctuary is best known for the rare black necked storks. Forest officials said that 30 of them are already nesting in the sanctuary. The marshy land is replete with over 250 species of migratory birds like bar – tailed godwit, duck, cranes, teals, pelicans and various storks.


A birds interpretation center has also been set up in Khijadia, where details of the various birds have been displayed for educational and Information purpose. it shows the nesting of birds, their voices, food habits, nests among other details. Six towers have been set up for bird watching in the sanctuary, said Ravi Dutt Kamboj, chief conservator of forest, Marine National Park, Jamnagar.

Courtesy:- Times Of India.

Randarda Lake(Rajkot, Gujarat, India) gets wings

Sunset At Randada Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India.

Sunset At Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India.

Randarda Lake has turned into a bird watchers paradise with a large number of migratory birds arriving at the water body. The 100 year old lake is home to many indigenous birds also.

The natural lake with shallow water is located near Rajkot Municipal Corporation’s (RMC’s) Pradhyuman Park Zoo. According to ardent bird watcher Ashol Mashru, “This Lake is home to about 167 bird species which include 15 species of ducks and eight of eight of fly catcher. As many as 60 species of migratory birds can be spotted here”.

Purple Moorhen at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Purple Moorhen at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

He said that Randarda Lake has supporting natural eco – system with shallow water which provide suitable environment for birds. Moreover, there is a nursery managed by forest department adjoining the lake that provides good tree cover where birds can roost. Some of the bird species that can be seen there include black tailed god-wit, rosy pastor, pheasant tailed jacana, purple moor hen, wigeon, common teal, pelican and spoon bill.

Common Teal at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Common Teal at Randarda Lake, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Courtesy:- Times of India

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