Female Leopard from Jhalana
This siting was on a Sunday evening when tourists and photographers were both in a race to see a leopard. This leopard would have come to the waterhole for drinking but got scared because of the noise of roaring gypsies with people. She gave a glimpse for 2 minutes and left deep inside the jungle.
Recently there is mad rush at Jhalana so Govt has implemented online booking. 10 gypsies are allowed at one time of which 5 can be booked online. Competition with 3 booking agents is also looking ugly. Hope the situation improves.
Short eared Owl.
We had just started and admiring the landscape and the wild ads when our driver and guide Mr Vijay exclaimed "Owl, in front .keep quiet". We were shocked to see a beautiful owl about the size of a hen staring at us just 10 feet from our jeep. I could capture this mesmerizing stare before it flew.
Little Rann of Kutch is hardly little. It's 5000 km2 of wilderness bordered by villages. It has Bets or islands which are never submerged and flat Rann which is submerged completely during monsoon by about 1 metre water from Gulf of Kutch and multiple rivers draining into. It forms a Brakish lake where fishing takea place specially for prawns or shrimps. Rest of the year, people venture into the Rann where they dug wells and pump up salty water and spread it into ponds to increase its salinity and make salt. Devjibhai Dhamecha and his family ( wife and sons Ajay and Vijay) run a ECO camp since 2001 from Jogda near Kidi village at southern border of LRK (40 km from Dhrangdhara). It's a quite homely place with rustic feel. Stay is in mud huts or Koobas and home made Gujarati meals are prepared for Guests. It's all in a bargain price with a reward of getting to know about their immense knowledge and conservation efforts for the Little Rann of Kutch. The morning safaris last 4 to 5 hours from 7 30 till 12 noon where you get to see waterbirds including Flamingoes. Evening safaris last 2 to 2.5 hours where raptors and wild ass sitings are the rule. Our stay was wonderful and we just scratched the surface.
A laughing Nilgai! We were just beginning our trip inside Jhalana Leopard sanctuary at Jaipur when I saw a Male Nilgai sitting. I took a few pics just to test my gear. Suddenly he yawned and this pic happened. Looks quite funny.