The Last Trip of 2014- Sariska, Rajasthan

We did a quick trip to Sariska Rajasthan over the extended weekend. This was the first time in 2014 that all three of us traveled together! I took Chhavi out and Seshadri took Chhavi out, I went out and Seshadri went out but somehow the dates never coincided for the three of us. And more often than not I was the guilty party! But we finally managed to go to Sariska for a peaceful vacation.

A Blue Pansy Butterfly
A Blue Pansy Butterfly #Lumia1020

In all our visits to Sariska we have stayed at the RTDC’s Tiger Den. It is a simple hotel but right at the edge of the forest. The best part of the deal is their huge lawn from where I do my armchair birding. Sometimes I manage to catch butterflies too, on my cell phone!

An Oriental Magpie Robin, Female
An Oriental Magpie Robin, Female

It goes like this. I usually sit in a chair in the lawn, basking in the sun. Then a bird will come close by and I click a picture, usually without getting up from the chair. Sometimes they do force me to move a bit to get a better angle. By the way, did you notice the blue sky?

Oriental Magpie Robin, Male
Oriental Magpie Robin, Male

The best part of this vacation was the sunshine. There was no fog at Sariska. Chhavi could sit in the lawn and play with mud and other kids, while Seshadri and I were just too happy to laze around reading books.

Rose Ringed Parakeet
Rose Ringed Parakeet

All the pictures up to now have been clicked in the hotel premises. Now what a luxury it was to click so many birds simply by sitting in a hotel lawn!

A Black Redstart
A Black Redstart

And it is not that the birds come for a fleeting second and then go away. They keep coming back, looking for food. Having said that, no one can sit in the lawn and eat anything because of the monkeys. There are just too many monkeys around. They don’t come nearby unless you have something to eat. So all the food items have to be consumed indoors, unless you wish to share it with the monkeys.

Shrike
A Long Tailed Shrike

Then I took a short walk out of the premises of the hotel and found this Shrike in a tree close to the road. It gave me only one opportunity to click the pictures! And then it vanished protesting further inside the overgrowth.

Yellow Toed Green Pigeon
Yellow Toed Green Pigeon

There were a great many yellow toed green pigeons by the road but they took a thorough dislike to my presence. They flew in droves to far away trees. So, managed to get this one picture on my puny 75-300 mm zoom by cropping ruthlessly.

Painted Storks
Painted Storks

Chhavi and I did a safari in the national park. This was the send visit to the jungle for Chhavi. She was having a conversation with other girls (working professionals) in the canter and in some context she told them, “I know because I have been here before!” Seshadri refused to budge from the hotel. He anyway has seen a tiger in Sariska on his first attempt, a trip he did solo. We didn’t see any tigers on this trip. But there was this group of painted storks with rudy shelducks for company!

A Black Winged Stilt
A Black Winged Stilt

Then there was this lonely black winged stilt going around in the lake in search of food. The lake is a very scenic spot in the middle of the forest.

Chhavi Trying to Feed a Jungle Babbler
Chhavi Trying to Feed a Jungle Babbler

And I sign off the travels of 2014 (only theoretically because some of the tales are going to spill in 2015 as well) with Chhavi trying to feed a jungle babbler at Sariska.

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15 thoughts on “The Last Trip of 2014- Sariska, Rajasthan”

  1. Amazing amazing pictures! And the fact that you didn’t have to budge from your chair for many is so cool, they were probably queuing to get clicked by the pro traveler photographer! Wish you a very happy new year madam! πŸ™‚

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  2. Awesome pics of the birds and they seem to be posing to you as if they were professional models! Your love for bird watching and your love for photography are both expressed here! Thanks for sharing these lovely pics!

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