This being a wildlife blog I won't include all the other great stuff that we have seen, so I'll start with our two nights at Chambal Safari Lodge. We only had one full day here, but we arrived at lunch time on day one so had some time to explore the grounds and do our first bit of birding, there were quite a variety of birds and other things in our lodge grounds:
Jungle Babbler (By far one of the most common birds around)
The next day we went in search of the elusive Blackbuck and Antelope native to the Indian Sub-continent. It's difficult to find as it's not a large animal and lives in the tall grasses and mustard fields in this part of Central India. Our guide tried very hard to find it, but of course along the way, there was always a couple of birds to find as well:
After lunch a cruise on the Chambal River was planned. I could go into a long story about why the Chambal River is so good for wildlife, but...... oh go then, if you insist I will!
Unlike rivers like the Ganges and the Yamuna, the Chambal is an 'unholy' river, I won't go into why, you can google that if you really want to. But to cut a long story short, everyone in India wants to live by a Holy River and being India that means the river is full of 'crap' literally! as well as plastic bottles bags and anything else that the residents don't want. Whereas nobody lives on the Chambal it is pristine and beautiful and the area where we went is a protected nature reserve. The bird life was fantastic, plus we saw Marsh Crocodiles, Gharial (Alligator) and River Dolphin, sadly no Dolphin photos as they proved extremely difficult to photograph although we do have a few seconds video.
So a great afternoon. We totaled 42 species at the river. Including the Indian Skimmer, both little & Temminick's Stint, although I'm not sure which one that is in the previous photo!
So next Wildlife post will be for Bandvargarh National Park