A short trip to Keoldeo National Park, Bharatpur

This post is just a bunch of pictures I took during a short trip to Keoldeo National Park, Bharatpur. Most people just call it Bharatpur bird sanctuary. It is not a big place but apparently it had a lot of wildlife including leopards which have disappeared from the park. British and their slave rajas did a lot to kill  too much of wildlife. There are numerous pictures with a bunch of white sahibs and brown sahibs with carcasses of thousands of birds in front of them. Local people are doing their best to carry on the unfinished work of past generations in other ways. According to some ornithologists and avid bird watchers we met, the park is steadily losing it’s population of flora and fauna. Shoddy work by park management, human interference and a lot of other factors are to blame.  I don’t know names of most birds I saw and I certainly don’t remember all the names our guide told us. So I am just looking up names on internet and making a best guess. There are quite a few pictures with no description because I can’t find exact name of the bird. I’ll update whenever I have correct information.

All of these pictures were shot using a old Tamron 200-400 mm lens on a Nikon D7100 body without any tripod.

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus). These seemed to be much more used to people than most other birds. They'd commonly stroll up and take food

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus). These seemed to be much more used to people than most other birds. They’d commonly stroll up and take food

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

Black-headed ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)

Black-headed ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)

White-thoated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

White-thoated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

Black bird is a migratory one from China

Black bird is a migratory one from China

 Indian pond heron (Ardeola grayii)

Indian pond heron (Ardeola grayii)

Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis), male.

Oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis), male.

Oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis), female

Oriental magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis), female

in flight

in flight

Same bird drying it's wings in sun. It's feathers are not water proof like most other birds which forage in water

Same bird drying it’s wings in sun. It’s feathers are not water proof like most other birds which forage in water

Pied kingfisher , C. r. leucomelanurus. This bird hovers above water to catch it's prey. One of the most interesting birds we saw.

Pied kingfisher , Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis). This bird hovers above water to catch it’s prey. One of the most interesting birds we saw.

Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Eagle ?

Eagle ?

Common myna. (Acridotheres tristis) One with yellow patch behind eye is more common

Common myna. (Acridotheres tristis) One with yellow patch behind eye is more common

Jungle Babbler. (Turdoides striata striata) They are frequently seen in Delhi too, in groups of 4 - 6 birds. Very noisy, inquisitive and active bird.

Jungle Babbler. (Turdoides striata striata) They are frequently seen in Delhi too, in groups of 4 – 6 birds. Very noisy, inquisitive and active bird.

White-eared bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)

White-eared bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)

Indian peacock (Pavo cristatus)

Indian peacock (Pavo cristatus)

A peacock resting on a tree

A peacock resting on a tree

Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), also known as the ring-necked parakeet

Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), also known as the ring-necked parakeet

Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), also known as the ring-necked parakeet

Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), also known as the ring-necked parakeet



Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Yellow-footed green pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera)

Yellow-footed green pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera)

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