A short photo trip to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary,...

Published February 20th, 2014

The Keoladeo National Park, better known as Bharatpur, is one of the best places in the country for birdwatchers and bird photographers during the winters. The forest is just 29 sq. km. in area. It was a royal duck-shoot reserve in the times of Maharajas. It was declared a wildlife Sanctuary in 1956. It was then upgraded as a national park, perhaps the smallest, in 1981. It is listed as Ramsar site. It is a World Heritage and an Important Bird Area (IBA). India is a mega-biodiversity country and KEOLADEO is a solid proof of it. About 20 percent (About 400) of bird species have been reported from this small area! The mosaic of habitat, that KEOLADEO offers, is the reason for this. About one- third area is a wetland and rest is scrub, woodland and grassland. KEOLADEO is regarded as one of the finest heronries of the India. 20 species of storks, herons and egrets breed here in the month of monsoon (July-September). About one – third avifauna is resident and equal number is migrant. Some o ...

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