It’s back and it’s better than ever!
I was in chase of sighting Riven Terns this season and traveled all the way to RBS (Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary) which is around 160 kms away from Bangalore but I ended up landing in a different and an amazing world of Storks & Pelicans.
I have never closely watched these migratory birds in their breeding stages and spent enough time with them. Shivu & I landed just in time they arrived to RBS and started to unfold their stories. I was thrilled to see Pelicans’ skill at collecting twigs and weaving their nests. On the other side Openbill & Painted Storks were busy in courtship, staying close enough and make their loved one cozy. It is absolutely no different from us and everything seems natural, like an art.
On a boat ride we took a round on the small island and caught Spoonbills busy in looking out for a nesting site. They were pretty as they were crowned with breeding plumage and looked ornamented.
The ride won’t be complete unless we see a permanent resident of the island, Marsh Crocodiles. We could spot many crocodiles resting on the rocks and a baby crocodile was a delight.
Yes, we could see River Terns flying swiftly here and there but no capture 🙁
After the boat ride, we spent more time watching Pelicans & Storks’ busy life untouched and peacefully. We both tried to capture few shots of their take-off and landing on the water and here are few shots.
We also spotted other regular residents of RBS like Kingfishers, Darters, Egrets, Wagtails, Magpie Robins, Mynas, Common Crows, Sun Birds, Barbets, Flycatchers, Swallows, Bulbuls, Night Herons and so on.
We had more surprises on the way back to Bangalore. A flock of Black-headed Munias caught our eye, though they were playing hide & seek in between Sugarcane field.
Woolly-necked Storks, Red-naped Ibis, Black-headed Ibis, Egrets, Herons were found busy with their evening snack on just the opposite paddy field.
Clouds made a way and Sunset escorted till the highway with its vibrant golden rays & a reddish charm never fails to enthralls me as always. It was like an icing on the cake for the day.
It was a wonderful trip with lot of Birds’ love. River Tern, will talk to you more in the next season.Until then all of you have a safe trip back to your home.
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