We began the day with a Pallid Scops Owl teed up in the scope – not a bad way to begin the day huh? Thanks to the kind generosity of Desert Coursers Lodge we managed to gain entry, have a cup of tea and check out their grounds - oh and ultimately see this cracking owl. At least the staff here are aware of these birds.....
|Spot the Pallid Scops Owl|
Just a shame it wasn’t roosting in a more open place, rather than behind leaves. Leaving here we set out on the 6 hour drive to Velavadar and, as usual in Gujarat, there were plenty of roadside birds to note en-route. We picked up a pair of Sarus Cranes, Black-headed Ibis, Sand Martin and a little later a party of 4 Indian Coursers and a group of Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse along the way, thanks to the sharp spotting of Keith and Kevin, with large flocks of Rose-coloured Starling also seen along the road.
Once at Velavadar we birded the area around the entrance and picked up Grey-necked Bunting, 12+ Sykes’s Larks, Oriental Skylark, many Rufous-tailed Larks, possible Hume’s Short-toed Lark, our first Sykes’s Warbler and a Hume’s Whitethroat was a bonus.
|Our first Sykes's Warbler|
|The endemic Sykes's Lark|
|We really enjoyed seeing this Wolf today|