INCREDIBLE LITTLE RANN

For a casual visitor or avid bird watcher the Little Rann of Kutch fascinates as a birding paradise. Indeed a birding paradise with large flocks of larks, and other ground dwelling birds like sandgrouse, coursers, plovers, chats, warblers, babblers, shrikes and the houbara bustard.

The best birding is at lakes and marshes in and around the Rann where birds gather during October to March. In these months demoiselle and common cranes are seen in incredibly large numbers. The wetlands equally attract flamingos, pelicans, storks, ibises, spoonbill, a variety of ducks and other waterfowl.

The Rann also hunting ground for birds of prey like raptors, short-toed eagle, Aquila eagle, six species of falcon, buzzards and three species of harrier. It is one of the few places where harriers can be seen roosting on open-ground at night.

Unique Indian Wild Ass or ‘Gudkhur’ is what Little Rann is really known for. These asses chestnut brown in colour reach high speeds galloping across the Rann and usually move in small herds. For these animals ‘bets’ or islands on the ancient sea bed covered with grass and scrub provide sustenance.

These bets support other wildlife like the blackbuck (Indian antelope), Nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful Chinkara (Indian gazelle). One can also spot smaller mammals like hares, gerbil’s and hedgehogs, and reptiles like spiny tailed lizard, monitor, red and common sand boa, saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake).

For a casual visitor or avid bird watcher the Little Rann of Kutch fascinates as a birding paradise. Indeed a birding paradise with large flocks of larks, and other ground dwelling birds like sandgrouse, coursers, plovers, chats, warblers, babblers, shrikes and the houbara bustard.

The best birding is at lakes and marshes in and around the Rann where birds gather during October to March. In these months demoiselle and common cranes are seen in incredibly large numbers. The wetlands equally attract flamingos, pelicans, storks, ibises, spoonbill, a variety of ducks and other waterfowl.

The Rann also hunting ground for birds of prey like raptors, short-toed eagle, Aquila eagle, six species of falcon, buzzards and three species of harrier. It is one of the few places where harriers can be seen roosting on open-ground at night.

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Happy Memories

On the vast shining expanse there are the Indian wolves, foxes, jackals, jungle cats, and a few hyenas all of which are endangered species.

No wonder for tourists visiting Gujarat seeing these beautiful Nilgais, the Indian wolf, the pelicans, the desert fox, greater flamingoes, larks, the Indian vulture, and wild asses at Little Rann have happy memories to cherish after going home.

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Unique Indian Wild Ass or ‘Gudkhur’ is what Little Rann is really known for. These asses chestnut brown in colour reach high speeds galloping across the Rann and usually move in small herds. For these animals ‘bets’ or islands on the ancient sea bed covered with grass and scrub provide sustenance.

These bets support other wildlife like the blackbuck (Indian antelope), Nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful Chinkara (Indian gazelle). One can also spot smaller mammals like hares, gerbil’s and hedgehogs, and reptiles like spiny tailed lizard, monitor, red and common sand boa, saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake).

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