After spending sometime photographing the Black-hooded Oriole, we headed to the boating point in the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. The place wore a desolate look.  This wasn’t that encouraging given the fact that we drove about three hours in foggy overcast conditions to get there. We were also hoping that we might hit a bright patch in the weather. Unfortunately this is the view that confronted us at the boating point.

Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary

We did not let this dampen our spirits and we quickly got into a boat and headed into the Girwa river to spot some Gharials, a critically endangered species of crocodiles. We first headed into the swampy riverlet to try our luck with a Gharial that might have come here to have a quite morning. But that was not to be and we had to be content with the lovely landscape. The overcast conditions and fog made the light absolutely flat making it impossible to get life into any kind of photography. We still persisted and got this shot before heading into the open waters to catch some Gharials sunbathing in the invisible sun.

Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary

Finally we spotted a couple of Gharials sunbathing and managed to take a few record shots. We also spotted a few Ganges dolphins closer to the banks. They would surface now and then, but were too quick for the camera in this kind of lighting conditions. However we were happy that we could atleast spot some Gharials and headed back to the comfort of solid ground at the boating point in Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.

Gharial

Gharial

Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary

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