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Best of 2015 – Wildlife Experiences

Best of 2015 – Wildlife Experiences

Here’s wishing all our friends and followers a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2016. Thank you for your continued support and patronage of Walk the Wilderness. As we usher in 2016, we wanted to make a post to relive the amazing and memorable wildlife...
World’s largest salt desert – Rann of Kutch

World’s largest salt desert – Rann of Kutch

We went on a road trip to the western tip of Gujarat, India to an area called the Rann of Kutch. It is known for its salt marshes and grasslands that are submerged under water during the monsoons for about four months. In the recent posts we have shared our sightings...
Great Rann of Kutch – Birding

Great Rann of Kutch – Birding

Our road trip to the Rann of Kutch culminated in the Rann Utsav at the edge of the White Rann. While we stayed at Rann Utsav, we decided to go birding in the Chari Dhand Wetland Reserve bordering the Banni Grasslands that is part of the Great Rann of Kutch. We took a...
Best place for Harrier photography – Little Rann of Kutch

Best place for Harrier photography – Little Rann of Kutch

After numerous unsuccessful attempts earlier today to photograph a Harrier at close quarters, we spotted this female Montagu’s Harrier settling down on the ground, as the evening breeze cooled the area. We cautiously approached it and took this record shot...
Imperial Eagle in Little Rann of Kutch

Imperial Eagle in Little Rann of Kutch

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...
In search of a Hoopoe Lark in Little Rann of Kutch

In search of a Hoopoe Lark in Little Rann of Kutch

We left early in the morning before sunrise from Rann Riders  since we had a long drive to reach the area known for the Hoopoe Lark. After about an hour’s drive we finally reached a remote part of the Little Rann of Kutch. Since we were one of the first jeeps to...
Friendly Desert Fox in Little Rann of Kutch

Friendly Desert Fox in Little Rann of Kutch

In an earlier post on the Desert Foxes found in Little Rann of Kutch, we narrated our experience of how we kept looking for this shy animal. In this photo essay, we showcase the many expressions of one friendly Desert Fox that allowed us to get as close as 10-15 feet...
Montagu’s Harrier in Little Rann of Kutch

Montagu’s Harrier in Little Rann of Kutch

While we were searching for the Desert Fox, read more about it here, we saw this nervous Nilgai mother with its calf. The moment we stopped the vehicle, they quickly disappeared into the shrub forest. We also saw a small herd of Wild Asses melt into the horizon during...
In search of a Desert Fox in Little Rann of Kutch

In search of a Desert Fox in Little Rann of Kutch

We began the afternoon safari in Little Rann of Kutch with the stated intent of looking out for a Desert Fox. After a thirty minute drive, we entered the area of the Wild Ass Sanctuary that is frequented by them. Almost immediately we saw our first Desert Fox (below)....
Imperial Eagle in Little Rann of Kutch

Imperial Eagle in Little Rann of Kutch

After the amazing sighting of the Striped Hyena, we drove around the Wild Ass Sanctuary looking for birds. And we hit jackpot when we spotted an Imperial Eagle in the distance. I liked the way the drivers here approach birds in the Sanctuary. They drive towards the...