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Old 28th November 2022, 17:13   #1
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Little Rann of Kutch: Photolog

It’s been a long since I visited the “Little Rann of Kutch” (LRK) for birding.

A link to my last trips in 2010 and 2013.
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...tologue-3.html (The Little Rann of Kutch-Gujarat is everything but little: Photologue)

I had couple of days off and when a good nature photographer friend of mine pinged me to join him in a trip to LRK, I couldn’t resist.

Caught an early morning flight to Ahmedabad and as usual drove the GTI to the airport and left it at the long term parking.

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After a 2hr drive from Ahmedabad airport, we checked into our resort near the fringes of the “Wild Ass Sanctuary”.

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A quick lunch and we were out in the rickety Mahindra Thar Di’s for an afternoon session in LRK. Over the last few years, the migratory bird numbers have dwindled in LRK. There is definitely a lot more people and factories (salt, chemicals etc) which have come up over the last decade. In 2010, I clicked a photo of each and every bird I saw and didn’t care much about light, composition etc. This time I was a lot less trigger happy and decided to experiment a lot more. Even then I couldn’t resist clicking pictures of birds on a nice perch with a clean background but these were much less in number. This trip we dedicated time for each unique species and were not roaming around trying to see everything that LRK offers. I am happy to say that I managed to complete 5 sessions without charging the camera batteries even once during the trip. That too when using a mirrorless camera. With the extremely fast fps and amazing focus tracking it is very easy to fill memory cards with GB’s of trash which we will never process and just transfer to another storage for eternity.

Our ride for the two days
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The terrain

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Waiting for the sun
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We packed breakfast and had it everyday at a salt workers hut. They made some amazing tea for us.

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The harsh working conditions of the workers, now solar panels have replaced the diesel generators for the pumps

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The salt crystals they get after the evaporation

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Roaming around in Rann

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Lovely hues of sunset, it is a great place for astrophotography and I am sure someone like BHPian Graaja will love it.

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Gear used: iPhone 11P and Canon Mirrorless with a telephoto prime, I carried just one lens and a camera. So all the photos are with the same combo, other than the phone images.
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Old 28th November 2022, 17:22   #2
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Time for some birding,

First up, the flamingos. They are always found in large groups and is a major attraction of Rann.

Solo
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Minimalistic
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Two to tango
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Three is company
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Four of them
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A larger group
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Flock of flying flamingos
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Striking a pose
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Busy searching for food
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Solo flying
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Breaking the norm of negative space or walking away from the industries
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Against the sun
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Peregrine Falcon

The peregrine falcon is a lovely migratory bird and we saw two of them. An adult female and a juvenile.
It is known for its speed, reaching up to 200 mph during its characteristic hunting stoop. Like other bird-eating raptors, peregrine falcons are sexually dimorphic, with females being larger than males. It is amazing to see how aerodynamic the bird it. Even its nostrils have baffles to prevent its lungs from exploding during the high speed dive.

Portrait
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On a typical perch
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Cleaning its talons
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Checking out a swift dzire
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Backlit portrait
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Flying away
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Into the sun
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Taking off like a fighter aircraft
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The target, a black winged stilt
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Hunt successful
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Flying with the kill
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Ripping it apart and eating it
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The remains of a black winged stilt
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Indian Wild Ass (Khur) is unique to this place and a close relative of the Tibetan Wild Ass in Ladakh (Kiang). The ones in LRK are however much fewer in number. We had a glorious sunset with a pair of them.

Khur
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Wild Ass looking at the industries
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Trying some mirage experitment
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Couple in love
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Lot of silhouettes and backlit images
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Other miscellaneous birds and photography experiments

Another winter migrant, the short eared owl

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Pelican ground level
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Bar-Headed Goose, known for extreme altitude flying (even over Mt Everest)
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Common crane but different perspectives
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A monotone egret scape
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Crested lark on a nice perch pattern
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Glossy Ibis with all its gloss in the morning light
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Grey heron typical pose
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Desert Wheatear portrait (loved the light and background)
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Green Shank synchrony
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Plover in early morning light
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Some tern action
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Harrier vertical takeoff
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Sandgrouse family
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Eastern Imperial Eagle
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Steppe Eagle Portrait
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Taking off
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Black eared kite flying towards us
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Finally, did manage to see the MacQueen's Bustard. But it was just a fleeting glance and quite far off. Apparently their numbers have reduced drastically over the last few years.
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Cheers!

Until next time.
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Re: Little Rann of Kutch: Photolog

Incredible pictures, Robi! The composition of the flamingos, wild ass, the falcon... Each and every picture is art. Looking forward to many more birding trips from you.
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wow wow wow. Lovely images Robi. Short eared owl being a favourite and the peregrine falcon makes me want a remap. Thanks for sharing these snaps. More power to you.
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Wow! What an amazing photologue @robimahanta! Each picture is fantastic. I also loved the captions. Precise and concise captions make this very easy and joyful to read. Thanks a lot for sharing these photos and report.

This is totally inspirational stuff. Although I do not know anything about birds or bird photography, your report makes me want to close my laptop, take my car keys and camera, and go somewhere. That is the power of your pictures.

Tough thought on this Monday. But thankfully the Friday is not too far.

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the peregrine falcon makes me want a remap.
For some reasons, maybe some of our past conversations, any mention of Peregrine Falcon reminds me of your lowered white 330i. More power to you too!
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Having tried my hand at photographing birds once before, I have insane respect for your skill! Those photos are simply stunning. I'm a fan of the Desert Wheatear portrait and the Harrier's vertical takeoff pictures in particular.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, hats off.
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For some reasons, maybe some of our past conversations, any mention of Peregrine Falcon reminds me of your lowered white 330i. More power to you too!
hahaha. I remember those conversations well. Have always had a fascination for that name. Anyway, Robi brought it to life with the camera. Great shots!
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What a grand show of photography. Loved going through the birds, especially the group of cranes with sun down would be my best pick of the lot. Kudos, rating well deserved 5 stars
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Superb set of photos .

Hoping to glean some information: Is there a dedicated entrance/office/gate for the sanctuary? Is there an entry fee? Are guides available for hire? Can one take a private vehicle inside the sanctuary area?
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Superb set of photos .

Hoping to glean some information: Is there a dedicated entrance/office/gate for the sanctuary? Is there an entry fee? Are guides available for hire? Can one take a private vehicle inside the sanctuary area?
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Yes there is a gate/entry point where the permits are checked. This can be easily arranged by the homestay/resort.

Yes most of the jeep drivers are guides too. Again the place of stay can easily arrange it.

Yes you can take your private vehicle inside but I would suggest taking a jeep with a guide if you are going there for photography. Unless of course you have something like a convertible Thar.
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What a magnificent spectacle.The only eyesore in this are the looming industries in the background. Which telephoto lens have you used?
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