The Wild Nation Series: Home to more than 360 species of birds, Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur is one of the best bird photography sites in the country
Team Nature inFocus
Great White Pelicans are often observed in large flocks. Notice the wings? These large waterbirds have a wingspan of 7-11 feet. Photograph: Nejib Ahmed
The state of Rajasthan has an allure of its own. The endless desert landscape, the numerous palaces that dot every corner of the state and the stunning wildlife that exists amidst the heterogeneity. But if there is one place in Rajasthan that wildlife photographers would flock to, that would be the Keoladeo National Park in the ancient city of Bharatpur.
Once a popular duck-hunting locale for the Maharajas, today, the Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site. The wetland is also a designated Ramsar site. A paradise for bird lovers, Keoladeo National Park is famous for sighting migratory and resident birds like pelicans, darters, coots, herons and eagles and provides sanctuary to 360+ bird species. Birds from countries like Siberia, Afghanistan and China winter in the region. The park is also home to several species of reptiles and amphibians, and other animals like the jackal, hyena, Nilgai, Sambar and Spotted Deer. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary was recently listed among the best birdwatching sites in the country.
Despite being a location of importance, the Keoladeo ecosystem faces various threats, including pollution, encroachment and other impacts of developmental activities. The National Decadal Wetland Change Atlas, published on World Wetland Day 2022, revealed that the state’s lakes and ponds have reduced by 844 hectares between 2006-07 and 2017-18. In 2019, the National Green Tribunal issued a notification to declare the area around the park as an eco-sensitive zone, which has enabled the prohibition of activities such as mining, the establishment of hydroelectric projects, pollution by industries, and to regulate agricultural activities and felling of trees in the vicinity. With greater awareness about the wildlife that the ecosystem supports, it will be possible to mobilise community action and protect this unique destination.
We thank everyone who contributed to the #BharatpurInFocus chapter of #TheWildNation. We will be travelling to many more exotic locations along with our photographers. Be sure to keep an eye out for our monthly prompts.
Settle down for a virtual tour of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, one of the best bird photography sites in the country.
To plan a trip to Keoladeo National Park, check out our detailed travel guide.
Friday, 04 March, 2022
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