We were in an area of Little Rann of Kutch known for Harrier sightings. As we were taking the last of the Harrier pictures (as seen in the last image), we noticed a large raptor settle down a little farther away from us and we went in for a closer inspection. When we got within photographing distance, we were pleasantly surprised to see a majestic Imperial Eagle resting on the ground. Though the light was fading fast, we quickly got a couple of images before the rare endangered raptor flew away.
Earlier today when we were photographing Hoopoe Larks, we spotted this Desert Wheatear – Male posing beautifully, perched at eye level. And below is another image of the daring Desert Wheatear – Female taken on day 1 of our trip.
As we were entering the Little Rann of Kutch today evening, a bulky Grey Mongoose ran across the road and paused for a few seconds before it disappeared into the shrubs. The image of the Marsh Harrier (below) is one of the first Harriers that we spotted today just before we hit the jackpot that we will describe in the next post.