It is wonderful to visit wetlands and water bodies during the winters in India. Immigrant birds mingle with the resident birds enhancing the visual delight of all wetlands.
Numerous species of birds migrate to the more comfortable and sunny climate of the Indian subcontinent. In terms of temperature, winters in most parts of Northern India are like European Summers.
Thus while many in Europe and North America moan about the end of summers, In India winters is time to sunbathe and celebrate. The Tiger parks also reopen their doors in October.
The birds recognize this and leave their cold and inhospitable homes in the North and flock to the warmer climate of the South.
Pinnochio follows this annual routine as well. What else could I christen this rare and elegant GODWIT.
Jangral ( Hindi) , Black tailed Godwit ( english) , limosa limosa ( scientific)
A rust coloured neck indicates it has adorned it’s breeding plumage.
The extra long bills help the Godwit ( my Pinnochio) probe for food in the mud. They also have long and elegant legs to wade deep into the water.
This particular bird was caught with it’s mouth wide open.
The feathers of its tail are black ( see the picture below) and therefore named BLACK TAILED GODWIT.
Observe the difference in colour around the neck when compared to the GODWIT in the first photograph.
The awesome nose ( sorry bill) of Pinnochio ( Godwit) looks even longer in the picture.
Unfortunately the numbers of this gracious bird are fast dwindling and it is now classified as NEAR THREATENED by the IUCN.
Picture were taken in South East Rajasthan.