Monday, 16 May 2016

Gir Camp - some moments shared

Pic by Gauri G
Lioness and cub Pic by Gauri G.

Painted Sandgrouse Clicked by Gauri G.
Painted Stork Clicked by Thiruvengadam E.
Sambar deer clicked by Thiruvengadam E.
April is one of the good months for wildlife sighting. Oikoessence decided to conduct a nature camp to Gir National Park, Gujarat – The last refuge for Asiatic Lions. It is situated in semiarid zone of western part of India and has dry deciduous forest. Although majority of the tourists come here for Lion sighting only the forest bears spectacular range of other flora and fauna. Some of the sightings include birds such as Mountain scops owl, Spotted owlet, Crested serpent eagle, Collared dove, Spotted dove, Black ibis, Rufous tree pie, Peafowl, Plum headed parakeet, Small minivet, Pigmy woodpecker, Grey nightjar, Green bee-eater, Darter, Painted stork and Painted sandgrouse. Mammals - Wild boar, Spotted dear, Sambar deer, Asiatic lion, Neelgai, Stripped hyena. Also, few reptile such as – Skink, Calotes and Crocodile.
Crocodile Clicked by Gauri G.

Indian thick-knee clicked by Gauri G.

Darter clicked by Thiruvengadam E.

Spotted Owlet clicked by Gauri G.

Nightjar Clicked by Gauri G.
Pic by Gauri G.

Waiting to in Clicked by Gauri G.

At Devalia clicked by Gauri G.

Free time Clicked by Dr. Shreya B.

Free time Clicked by Dr. Shreya B.

Group having local breakfast outside Gir National Park Gate
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Uttarakhand Camp sightings

Campers at Camp Milieu

Hanuman Langur Pic by Rupali G
It was great a treat for our eyes and soul when we were roaming in Uttrakhand. Oikoessence conducted a nature camp for nature lovers at Uttarakhand in April, 2016. We covered Ghatgarh, Sattal, Pangot, Jageshwar and Binsar. Some of the plants that we saw include rhododendrons, deodar, pines, oaks, horse-chestnuts, bhurjapatra etc. The songs of Cicadas could be heard all over the place. The butterflies include cabbage white, emigrant, common crow, Plain tiger, Blues etc., reptiles include Forest calotes, Agamas. Mammals include barking deer, grey mongoose, Hanuman langur and Rhesus macaques. 

Although the focus of the camp was on biodiversity of the area, this time more emphasis was given to birds of the area. Given below is the list of bird sightings –
Russet sparrow
House sparrow
Pic by Prasad G.
Himalayan bulbul
Scarlet minivet
Long-tailed broadbill
Common rosefinch
Crow pheasant
Pin tailed pigeon
Spotted dove
Grey headed woodpecker
Great barbet
White throated laughing thrush
Grey treepie
Jungle owlet
Black crested bunting
Crested hawk eagle
Great tit
Oriental magpie robin
Oriental white-eye
Black bulbul
Black crested bulbul
Purple sunbird
Blue throated barbet
Pied bushchat
Striated prinia
Black chinned babbler
Chestnut headed bee-eater
Plum headed parakeet
Laughing thrush
Blue whistling thrush
Grey hooded warbler
Black-lored tit
Common iora
Red jungle fowl
Spotted forktail
White throated thrush
Kalij pheasant
Olive black pipit
Red wattled lapwing
Red billed blue magpie
Whiskered yuhina
Fire tailed sunbird
Chestnut headed bee-eater
 Eurasian cuckoo
Fulvus breasted woodpecker
Striated laughing thrush
Scimitar babbler
Ashy drongo
Greater yellownape
Rufous bellied woodpecker
Common kingfisher
Long tailed shrike
Red billed leiothrix
Grey headed canary flycatcher
White browed fantail
Grey wagtail
Oriental magpie robin
Rufous bellied niltava
Paradise flycatcher
Black headed jay
Black bulbul
Red vented bulbul
Verditer flycatcher
Himalayan vulture
Brown dipper
Oriental honey buzzard
Great hornbill
Blue winged siva
Rufous sibia
Blyth’s leaf warbler
Streak laughing thrush
Ultramarine flycatcher
Crested kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Beautiful nuthatch
White capped redstart

Its breakfast time
In the shadow of Jim Corbett's Mango tree

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