The Wild Nation Series: Home to the Indian Wild Ass, the marshland of the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is on every photographer's wishlist
Team Nature inFocus
LRK's iconic species, the near-threatened Indian Wild Ass or Khur. Photograph: Sushmitha Reddy
Vast salt marshes, the hint of a flamingo’s pink plumage, arid land that stretches into infinity interspersed by specks of green, blue and white – the Little Rann of Kutch or LRK is unlike any other ecosystem. The place is known for being home to India’s largest wildlife sanctuary where the near-threatened Indian Wild Ass or Khur thrives. Located in the western part of Gujarat, LRK expands over 5000sq.km. Along with the Greater Rann of Kutch, the Kutch Biosphere covers 12,500sq.km. forming one of the largest marshlands in the world. The saline nature of LRK’s soil makes it a unique landscape that supports over 300 floral and faunal species.
LRK is also the preferred destination for bird photographers. The region provides an ideal habitat for several resident and migratory birds. The Wild Ass Sanctuary which also houses important wetlands like Bajana, Nava Talav and the Surajbari mudflats is frequented by more than 170 species of birds. Apart from these wetlands, several low-lying areas within LRK are inundated during the monsoon season, welcoming more avian visitors.
The biodiversity of LRK is wide-ranging – from birds like flamingos, coursers, pelicans, godwits; animals like the Desert Cat, Khur and Chinkara, wild canids like the Desert Fox and Striped Hyena, along with an array of reptile and amphibian species – your cameras certainly have no time to rest!
Settle down as we take you on a virtual tour through LRK. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the #LRKInFocus chapter of #TheWildNation. We will be travelling to many more interesting locations along with our photographers. Make sure to keep your eyes open for our monthly prompts.
To help you plan a trip to this not-so-little salt marsh, here's a handy travel guide.
Ganesh R Mandavkar
Ravi Patel | Vedant Thite
Friday, 07 May, 2021
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