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Keoladeo Ghana Nationalpark: Vogelparadies in Indien

DajaldrosselLange verweilt die dunkelblau-weiße Dajaldrossel (Copsychus saularis) auf ihrem Ast in der Morgensonne. Ausgiebig kann ich Porträtfotos schießen.  Winter, Sommer und Monsun, so teilen die Einwohner Bharatpurs das Jahr ein. Im Juli und August, nach den trockenen Zeiten der Vormonate, erweckt der Monsun den Kreislauf des Lebens im Park immer wieder aufs Neue. In dieser Zeit sind Lufttemperatur und vor allem die Luftfeuchtigkeit allerdings so hoch, dass die meisten Menschen den Keoladeo Ghana Nationalpark meiden. Für die Vögel aber bedeutet der erste Regen den Startschuss für die Brutsaison. Sie balzen, paaren sich, bauen Nester, brüten die Eier aus und füttern die Nachkommenschaft.

Die ausländischen gefiederten Besucher treffen in der Regel nicht vor Ende Oktober im indischen Vogelparadies ein. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt kommen auch die ersten Zugvögel in ihr indisches Überwinterungsgebiet und gesellen sich zur ebenfalls sehr reichhaltigen einheimischen Avifauna. Im November und Dezember fallen Enten und Gänse in den Park ein, Die Luft ist erfüllt vom Schnattern der Streifengänse (Anser indicus), Schnatterenten (Anas strepera), Pfeifenten (Anas penelope), Löffelenten (Anas clypeata), Spießenten (Anas acuta) und Knäkenten (Anas querquedula). Sind dann die Greife wie Rohrweihe (Circus aeruginosus), Steppenweihe (Circus macrourus), Schikra (Accipiter badius), Adlerbussard (Buteo rufinus), Schelladler (Aquila clanga), Steppenadler (Aquila nipalensis), Kaiseradler (Aquila heliaca) und Zwergadler (Hieraaetus pennatus) auch angekommen, kommt der Naturfotograf auch mit Actionaufnahmen Continue reading Keoladeo Ghana Nationalpark: Vogelparadies in Indien

Adventure: driving to the Keoladeo National Park

Sarus Crane, pair on field

It is November. A trip to Arunachal Pradesh in north-eastern India is scheduled. Due to delays in domestic flights I find out, that there are still three days left . Now you can spend the time in New Delhi, the capital of India, of course. According to some strange statistics the human population of New Delhi barely exceeds 250,000 people, but there are still at least several million in the Delhi area. Nature must stand back there. Nevertheless, there are practically some interesting areas within the city limits, such as Sultanpur, and in the vicinity is also Keoladeo, a national park in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which has been object of a blog on www.bird-lens.com already.. It is also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The national park is not too far south of the city of New Delhi. Since I had already read about this bird paradise, I opted for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

From Germany, the first part of the trip went to Amman, then after a stopover to New Delhi. Actually I had arranged with the hotel directly located at the park entrance – the Birder’s Inn – that I get a lift from the airport at additional costs. The Birder’s Inn is quite recommended on the Internet for a stay in the area. When I accomplished the passport control, baggage claim and the retriev of money in Indian currency at an ATM, I must go and look for a taxi to Bharatpur. The pick-up service is in fact not there. A taxi agent speaks to me. I start in a bargain and get him down to 3,500 IR – this is roughly 42,- Euro – for the one-way driving southward. Then I think to use the morning hours for some more birding nearer to the airport. That is still on the way and a good location might be Sultanpur. Ok, that for additional costs. So in total now again Continue reading Adventure: driving to the Keoladeo National Park

Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)Is it possible to combine business and birding in India? The country is large, the distance too and most business is performed in a metropolitan area – New Delhi. Although supposedly in the area of New Delhi only 250,000 people live after the Indian census of 2011, but there are at least several million in the greater Delhi area . Nature must stand back there. Nearby , however, is Keoladeo . According to wikipedia is a national park in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Keoladeo is also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. The National Park is located about 50 km west of Agra near the town of Bharatpur and not too far south of the city of New Delhi, the capital of India. As a business trip to New Delhi allowed for a few days off for birding, I opted for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary.

From Germany first the trip went to New Delhi. I stayed in the city, had four grueling days in business meetings with constantly running air conditioning in darkened rooms and then went on a weekend to my well-deserved relaxation destination, the Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur. But before the bird’s enjoyment there are more exhausting times to cope with. Although there are only about 200 km to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. But they are strenuous. At least 3 hours – rather 4 hours – you are traveling on dusty, crowded highways in almost constant traffic jam. But then you’re on your final destination: in Keoladeo, India´s paradise for water birds. It is for India which for Botswana is the Okavango and the Everglades mean for America. The local population knows Keoladeo as “Ghana” . In their language the word means “forest” or “jungle”. Keoladeo was originally the private duck hunting ground of the Maharajas of Bharatpur. In the swamps many water birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia are wintering. Supposedly over Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, a paradise also for Western Palearctic birds