Birding at Greater Rann of Kutch – Passage Migrants – September 2019

Tour Date: September 4th (Wednesday) – September 7th (Saturday) 2019

Introduction

The Great Rann of Kutch – one of the top birding sites in India is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat. With the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands on its southern edge, it is situated in the district of Kutch spanning around 30,000 square kilometers between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River.

Along with over 200 species of resident birds, the Great Rann of Kutch is an important stopover for migratory birds which makes it one of the top birding sites in India. Some of key species seen here are Marshall’s Iora, Grey Hypocolius, Spotted flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Shrikes, White-naped Tit, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Sykes’s Nightjar, Tawny Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Laggar Falcon, White-bellied Minivet, Short-eared Owl, Indian Eagle Owl, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Merlin, MacQueen’s Bustards, Great Indian Bustards, Common Cranes, Chestnut-bellied & Painted Sandgrouse, Pelicans, and of-course the majestic Flamingos.

Join us in exploring these marshes, grasslands and semi-deserted areas buzzing with a variety of avian species, especially targeting the passage migrants along with the key resident species.

Itinerary

Day 1: Birding at tropical thorn forest. At possibility of as Spotted flycatcher, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Common Whitethroat and resident birds.

Day 2: Visit Banni Grassland. Possibility of as Spotted Flycatcher, European nightjar, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Red-tailed shrike, Common Whitethroat, Eurasian cuckoo, European Nightjar and resident birds.

Day 3: Visit Banni Grassland. Possibility of as Spotted Flycatcher, European nightjar, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Red-tailed shrike, Common Whitethroat, Eurasian cuckoo, European Nightjar and resident birds.

Day 4: Birding at tropical thorn forest. At possibility of as Spotted flycatcher, Rufous-tailed scrub Robin, Red-backed Shrike, Common Whitethroat and resident birds.

Tour Cost: 21,500/- ** Per Person.

Tour cost includes

  • All entry fees and guide charges
  • All meals at the resort for 3 nights and 4 days
  • All transport ex. Bhuj
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All Taxes and service charges
  • Bottled water and snacks

Tour cost do not include

  • Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc
  • Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges
  • Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
  • Travel between your residence & Bhuj

**INR prices are applicable to resident Indians only. Non Resident Indians (NRI) and Foreign Nationals please email us for tour cost at info@wild-india.in

Birding at Little Rann of Kutch

Introduction

Little Rann of Kutch is famous as the world’s last refuge of the Indian Wild Ass (Khur) for the conservation of which it has been declared as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. Though a bleak landscape it is rich in biodiversity and is an ecologically important area for wildlife and many local and migratory water birds like cranes, ducks, pelicans, flamingos and land birds like sandgrouse, francolins and the Indian bustards. It is also home to various unique mammals apart from wild Ass such the Indian Wolf (Canis indica), Desert Fox (Vulpes vulpes pusilla) and Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus).

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Ahmedabad by 05:50 hrs. Meeting with our assist at station and proceed to LRK. Will have breakfast on the way to LRK. Get fresh at LRK hotel, after lunch will have brief introductory session. Brief discussion about what may be expected during the coming excursions. Later will proceed to our first safari in the rann of kutch. After safari, return to resort. Will have interactive session. Dinner and night stay at resort.

Day 2: Morning and evening safari in the rann of kutch. We will start early morning safari into the Rann of Kutch, looking for all usual targets. After hopefully a productive session, we return to resort and Lunch. After lunch will start our evening safari. Upon our return we will have refreshment tea/coffee. We meet for another interactive session before dinner.

Day 3: Morning safari in the rann of kutch followed by lunch at the resort. Have some rest post lunch and proceed to Ahmedabad to board flight / train.


Note that this is a sample itinerary and can be customized as per your requirements. Please use the form below to let us know about your requirements and we shall get back to you with an updated itinerary along with a tentative cost.


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Birding in Little Rann of Kutch

Being one of our favourite bird-watching destinations, we never miss out on Little Rann of Kutch and so was the case this year as well. We got some lovely sightings of over 100 species of birds along with some lovely photographic opportunities to capture species like Short-eared Owl, Montagu’s & Pallid Harriers, Dalmatian & Great White Pelicans, Greater & Lesser Flamingos, Greater Spotted, Steppe & Eastern Imperial Eagles and the endemic Indian Wild Ass.

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