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Wildlife of Gir

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We took a short vacation to Gir and stayed at the Club Mahindra Resorts. Warm hospitality and a deluxe tent accommodation greeted us after our 6.5 hour road journey from Ahmedabad.

When we landed there we realized we had not done the advanced booking for all the safari rides. Advice for others to plan a month in advance. Thankfully with the help of the staff we could manage four safaris over three days.

Gir is essentially a semi arid forest and this year the rain was below expectations.  There are eight routes for Safaris and you are allotted a route number. Morning Safaris are pretty good. Most of the guides and drivers are focused on spotting Lion and as a result you don't have a great experience of bird watching.

First day we went near the Hiran river behind Taj gateway hotel. Black Ibis, common Iora, Egrets, Wagtails, Sandpiper and Red-wattled Lapwing were mainly sighted.

From 2012 Oct Gir and Diu Wildlife

From 2012 Oct Gir and Diu Wildlife


From 2012 Oct Gir and Diu Wildlife

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Birds of Bidar ( near Hyderabad)

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We took a quick vacation to Bidar a few weeks back. It is just 140 Kms from Hyderabad and Jungle lodges have opened a new resort there called Bluck Buck resort ( about 20 kms beyond Bidar)

It was amazing to see the Blackbucks roaming around in the fields where maize and corn were being cultivated. It looked very fragile as there was not much forest cover nearby and the fields are very close to human habitation. I just hope it is one of those miracles of human and animal co-existence and it remains the same way.

From 2012 Aug Birds near Hyderabad (Bidar)


From 2012 Aug Birds near Hyderabad (Bidar)

From 2012 Aug Birds near Hyderabad (Bidar)

Now to the birds ....

The resort is next to a small lake and there were swarms of red rumped swallows that greeted us.

From 2012 Aug Birds near Hyderabad (Bidar)


In and around the resort we saw Common Iora, Brahminy Starling, Ashy Prinia, Sunbirds and Laughing Dove.

From 2012 Aug Birds near Hyderabad (Bidar)

From 2012 Aug Birds near Hyderabad (Bidar)

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