For the Birds!

Pushkar 202 We made a sizable detour to stay overnight at a tent lodge in Nimaj, which is in the middle of nowhere.  It’s a camp run by a family, and they do a great job with it.  The tents sit on a ledge overlooking a beautiful pond.  We weren’t able to stay long, since the following day we were off to New Zealand (a long, long trip!).  But we did get in a great early morning hike, and were joined by two naturalists at the site.  They know they birds like no one I’ve been with before, and brought a scope and field guide, which helped all of us on the hike.

Pushkar 178 We got some great views of a bunch of different animals and Nimaj, including a pack of jackals playing on the shore of the lake.  On our hike, we came across a herd of wild Nilgai Antelopes.  We also saw some great birds, including a Eurasian Eagle Owl.  That bird is particularly special for our family, since at age five, Gibson was reading a book on birds, and asked me about the Eagle Owl.  I thought he was mistaken, and told him I didn’t think one existed, at which point he showed me the book.  Well, I got a chance to eat crow again, as we saw an Eagle Owl in the wild (sorry, no decent photo).  We also saw the beautiful Green Bee-eater (photo) and the Indian Roller (not a religious sect, but a great bird).  It was a great hike on our last day in India.

Check out a few photos from our time in Nimaj.

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