The Tal Chappar sanctuary lies in the Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu District. It is located at a distance of about 205 km from Jaipur & about 130 km from Bikaner.
Vsss team while returning from a plantation audit at Bikaner decided on visiting this unique refuge of the most elegant Antelope encountered in India, “the Blackbuck”.
VSSS team reached Tal Chhaper sanctuary at around 3 in the afternoon, greeted by an amicable man at the entry gates of the field. We were charged Rs. 50 per person and Rs. 200 for the personal vehicle.
With an almost flat tract and interspersed shallow low lying areas, the sanctuary has open grassland with scattered Acacia and Prosopis trees which give it an appearance of a typical Savanna.
Known to be the erstwhile hunting ground of the Maharaja of Bikaner, now has enchanting natural beauty and a unique ecosystem.
During rains, the rainwater flows through shallow low lying areas and collects in the small seasonal water ponds one of which is named after world-renowned Indian ornithologist and naturalist Dr. Salim Ali aka Birdman of India.
Tal Chappar sanctuary, positioned in on the way of the migratory passage of exotic birds at the fringe of the Thar Desert, is well known for its rich population of Black Bucks and thousands of beautiful migratory birds, especially the harriers, who pass over the sanctuary during the month of September.
It boasts of having approximately 122 species of both migratory and resident birds comprising of harriers, including Montagu’s Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Pale Harriers, and Hen Harriers. Other birds commonly seen in the sanctuary include Imperial Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Short-toed Eagle, Sparrow Hawks, Skylarks, Crested Larks, Brown Doves, grey francolin, Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis, Demoiselle Cranes, and white-eared bulbuls.
We spent around 3-4 hours traversing the amazing scenery of the sanctuary.
Unfortunately, we were only able to spot Grey Francolins, White Eared Bulbuls, Sparrows, Green Bee-eaters, Nilgai, Chinkaras and lots of Blackbucks.
A quick detour on our way back to Jaipur allowed us to unwind and revel in the beauty that Tal Chhapar has to offer. We hope to visit again with a determination to spot at least a few more of the flora and fauna this place has to offer.