VSSS team planned a bird watching expedition last Sunday. Starting our day early we reached Sant Sri Asaramji Ashram just outside Jaipur, which is around 15km from the city. It took us around 30min to reach. A little further ahead we discovered a wastewater ravine/canal adjacent to the Ashram and just to the other side of the road, a collection of wastewater seeping from the ravine/canal.
Much to our surprise, at this camouflaged wastewater reservoir we encountered around 13 bird species, which are difficult to spot inside the city, excluding the usual crows, pigeons and red-wattled lapwings.
The landscape is packed with wild vegetation, waste materials and debris disposed of callously. It is a little astonishing to spot such stunning species near a wastewater ravine/canal.
Pied Avocet, a migratory species, was one of the highlights of the expedition.
VSSS team members spent around 4 hours observing and spotting different species.
An unforgiving stench emanating from the wastewaters kept us vigilant about the landscape around us.
This Sunday morning expedition had moments of boredness as well as excitement. A white-breasted Kingfisher diving into the canal/ravine to hunt cheered our bored faces to the fullest.
Bird Species spotted:
- Gadwall Duck
- Mallard Duck
- Black Winged Stilt
- Pied Bush Chat
- Pied Avocet
- White Breasted Kingfisher
- Indian Pond Heron
- Common Indian Nightjar
- Little Egrets and Greater Egret
- Little Grebe
- Common Redshank
- Long Tailed Shrike