The Birds of Bikaner, Rajasthan – 19th January 2015

I have been writing a travel blog about my Dad and I’s trip around India named ‘The Jalebi Express’. We’ve made it all the way down to Kerala on the trains, over 3500kms so far. India is a vibrant and diverse place and such a rich place, it is difficult sometimes to find the words to convey. Here is a post that I think you may enjoy. The ‘Birds of Bikaner’ were a sight to behold…….

The Jalebi Express

Here’s a ‘best of’ selection of the birds we saw on a desert safari with Jitu.  From the biggest, to the smallest, we saw a hatful of winged wonders and some very rare sightings.

A young red winged lapwing A young Red Winged Lapwing

Silver Backed Shrike Southern Grey Shrike – kills bees by impaling them on thorns 

Red Breasted Bulbull - beautiful song Red Breasted Bulbull – beautiful song

Steppe Eagle Steppe Eagle

Farmer and White Igret Farmer and White Igret

Common Babbler - bird mafia, very aggressive little guy Indian Roller – aka the bird mafia, very aggressive little guy

Cinereous (Black) Vulture - the largest vulture in the world  Cinereous (Black) Vulture – the largest vulture in the world and the Egyptian Vulture

Spotted Asian Owlet Spotted Asian Owlet

Frankolin - like a little grouse Grey Frankolins – like a little grouse

White Tailed Eagle White Tailed Eagle – very rare

Laggar Falcon Laggar Falcon

Yellow Eyed Pigeons - very rare Yellow Eyed Pigeons – very rare, Bikaner is one of the last place you can see these.

Griffin Vultures Griffin Vultures

One more of the mighty Cinerious Vulture (the largest bird I've ever seen) One more of the mighty Cinereous Vulture (the largest bird I’ve ever seen)

Steppe Eagle Steppe Eagle

Long Legged Buzzard Tawny Eagle

Cinereous Vulture landing on a tree Cinereous Vulture landing on a tree

Black Ibis Black Ibis

The carcass ground - the reason for the density of raptors and vultures The…

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