Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Sunday 31st January – Delhi to Ranthambhore

After a good nights sleep at 5.30am we were introduced to the rest of the group who had arrived overnight, Jack, from Liverpool and Leonard and Rosita from Sweden. They looked in the same kind of state that we were in yesterday!

We drove through the traffic to the outskirts of Delhi an area called Bazai Village, which held a wetland and an area of reed beds, I would be guessing as to how large it was as it was foggy, that combined with the smog made for poor viewing conditions. However, there were no shortage of birds, Grey Francolin was first up, poor views but we were to see many more. Then a pucker Bar-headed Goose followed by a Rosy Pipit. There were a lot of waders and waterfowl but they didn’t hold that much interest for me as most were familiar British and European birds.

Of the waders White-tailed Lapwing was most impressive as were the 100’s of Purple Swamphens. The reed beds held a few warblers including Moustached, Paddyfield and Clamorous Reed Warblers. We saw a few Bluethroat and an Isabeline Shrike as well. On the way back to the van we got good views of another new species Yellow-bellied Prinia.

We returned to the hotel in time for lunch before making our way once more through the Delhi traffic heading for the railway station for a six hour train journey south to Ranthambhore where we arrived just as darkness fell, but the journey had been rather uneventful as had the scenery.

We arrived again at another pleasant hotel just in time for our evening meal. Our alarms were set for another early start and a jeep Safari through the Ranthambhore National Park – I couldn’t wait.

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