Monday, November 15, 2010

Birding around Khuri: Rajasthan

Vacation mixed with your hobby is a real pleasure!!! Having said that, we had a real good experience of birding in the desert land. One thing which I was really happy about was seeing a colony of sparrows, that’s has become so uncommon in Bangalore these days (except for BIAL). Our idea was to do birding as much as possible, and I must say Khuri didn’t disappoint us.
As per the locals, there was a good monsoon and good crops this season and so are the birds. Khuri has 3 small lakes, if I may call so! Lakes are abuzz with birds during morning and evenings.

Here is Sparrow’s family.
House Sparrow Baby (imm)

House Sparrow Female

House Sparrow Male

Desert Wheatear

Indian Courser
This one is the fav shot, this is bit of a shy bird:-) The only issue I found in birding in deserts was that, you have limited choices for camouflaging yourselves in desert.

Red Wattled Lapwing, We found these were more tolerant to humans around them than the ones we have spotted around here in Bangalore.

Red Vented Bulbul


Blue Rock Pigeon

Black Winged Stilt

Green Bee Eater

Long legged Buzzard, Sum shot this while having Camel ride :-) Even though we spotted look alikes of buzzards and kites, but we were unable to capture or identify them.

Bristled Grass Warbler

Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike Variable Wheatear

Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike- Female Not very sure, Must be some female wheatear

Great Grey Shrike

Locals call it "Shagun Chidi". As the belief goes this bird brings good omens. Typically when the camel/cow or goats are lost in the desert and locals begin their search get them back, they follow the the direction in which "Shangun chidi" is found.

Rusty Tailed Fly catcher May be Jerdon's buschat female, but not too sure..

Colony of Sparrows, It's just amanzing to sit and watch them flying , grouping and regrouping in tandem creating beautiful patterns in the sky.

White eared bulbul, even though we spot so many bulbuls around home here, this trip could spot at least 3 different varietes of bulbuls and capture them.

Footsteps of the bird on the sand, It's just great to watch it.

Red Collared Dove

White Throated Kingfisher, You really cannot miss this one any where! Can you?

Please note that, if you find that ID'g of the birds are not correct, please do let us know.


  1. Hey lukcy you! the courser pic is beautiful! The birds of prey there would make an awesome collection! Now about id's, the black headed cuckoo shrike need to be corrected. It looks more like one of those Jerdon's bushchat or Variable wheatear. One good place for reference is The rusty tailed fly catcher must be some female wheatear

  2. Yes chandu.. Vultures and Great Indian Bustard would have made it awesone!..

    I think agree with you, It must be variable wheatear.. Will check once more and update.

  3. Thanks Madam,

    @ Chandu: Thanks for correcting, but I am not sure about female there.

    Now I understand the importance of marking notes on the field :-) Sometimes pics are not much of help...

  4. Very helpful blog, I have pictures of birds living at tree nearby my house, could you please tell their names?


Any more interesting stuff on these birds? Any corrections in Ids? Please do drop in your valuable inputs...