The Painted Stork ( English) , Kathsarang ( Hindi, Pinglaksh ( Sanskrit)  or Mycteria leucocephala ( scientific) is native to the Indian Subcontinent and found primarily near wetlands.

This lonely male painted stork was seen looking for a partner in Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.

The male storks are distinguishable  by an orange neck and bald head as can be seen in the two  pictures that follow.

This handsome but lonely gentleman  was looking for his partner on this lonely Road.

A lonely Painted Stork
                                                                       A   Lonely Painted Stork

See the lovely pinks, oranges and yellows that give it the name Painted Stork.

The painted storks are local residents to the Indian Subcontinent but prefer temperate climates.

They neither like the cool Himalayas or the intense heat of the deserts.

the stork leg up
                                                                     One leg Up

Do notice the large black and white wingspan and stretched out neck typical of storks when in flight.

A lovely Desi Babool ( Scientific name Acacia Nilotica)   with delicate Canary yellow flowers forms the perfect backdrop to the graceful Painted Stork.

In flight
                                                                                        In flight

The Painted Stork and it’s nest in the midst of a tree located on an island in the numerous water bodies of the national Park.

They usually nest in large colonies and you can hear them from quite a distance as they discuss their domestic affairs.

Nesting on a babool tree
                                                      Nesting on a tree

These pictures were take ages ago when I had a small Sony Digital Camera, no fancy cameras or mobiles.

Located these pictures  and decided to share some precious memories though they are not as clear as I would like them.

Happy Diwali.


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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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