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.

Time for breakfast

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.

Pinnochio and it’s reflection

Picture were taken in South East Rajasthan.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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