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"Perhaps, time for a nail cut?"
Merlin is a small falcon that winters in Little Rann of Kutch. While I saw plenty of kestrels, occasionally came across the odd merlin.
Jan- 2017

Arijit Kanani Nice catch!

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Found this bird on the side of a road while driving near Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand. Is this a streaked laughingthrush? Would be good if someone could confirm.

Arijit Kanani Think you have identified it correctly - streaked laughingthrush

10 days

Arun James Nice catch.. Streaked laughingthrush it is!

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Hi guys, not really a tip.. needed some information. Was planning a trip including Velavadar / Blackbuck NP and some other parks in Gujarat. Was going to spend 1 night in Velavadar. I was looking for a budget accommodation for easy access to the park. I am aware that there is a FRH but not sure about how the booking is to be done, does anyone have any idea about it? Any other information for stay will be great. Thanks

The Safarist Thank you all for your suggestions. Questions to the community could very well fit in. We will look into this and test it out over the coming few days.

about 1 month

Maulik Desai Great inputs from all! ... @Arijit - I understand the Blackbuck lodge is in excess of 10k per night, but if budget is not a big constraint, would you personally consider it as providing good value in terms of overall service, facilities, location etc? Any input will be appreciated.

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Merlin - a small falcon that winters in Little Rann of Kutch
Jan - 2017

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Arjun Shah Wonderful

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Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse (Female)
Though they are found in hot and arid climates, they are extremely dependent on water and can travel as much as 80km in a day in search of it.

Sahil Bhatia Excellent

2 months
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Chinkara / Indian gazelle
Subject very soft, but I like the colors. Driving down on Jaisalmer road, it's rather difficult to believe that there will be a sanctuary with this much life close by.

Arun James Terrific!

3 months

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Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse - female (l) and male (r)
I will post some pictures from this small and little known wildlife sanctuary. The unique part is that this sanctuary has its own lake and lodge too. If you are driving from Jaisalmer to Bikaner, this sanctuary offers a welcome relief. The erstwhile hunting ground for the Maharaja of Bikaner, you can see hunting bunkers all over the place. Chinkara, blackbucks, neelgai, wild boar, deer roam freely in the grasslands. Saw pintails, grebes, teals, eagles (Booted, STSE, Tawny), vultures (white-rumped, Egyptian).
Now for some logistics. Unfortunately, it is only open for people staying in the Gajner Palace Hotel. The hotel is quite well managed. Safaris are costly at about INR 2500 for 1-1.5 hours. I was spending a day at the lodge and did 2 trips into the sanctuary. Considering the cost and the limited time, I don't think you would want to do too many safaris. However, combined with Jaisalmer and Bikaner / Jorbeed, I would recommend a stopover at the lodge and a safari too.

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Arijit Kanani Great information.. thanks for sharing

3 months

Manish Verma Nice picture. Write-up is accurate and well written. Was in Gajner few days back, sanctuary open only to people staying there.

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