COUPLED FOR LIFE

The previous Blog “The Enchanting Cursed River” was an introduction to an absolutely fascinating and Unique River Basin  in the Midst Of India.

The area is home to numerous endemic and unique species of Flora and Fauna which abounds on the Rocky Crags which tower majestically over a Vast River.

Some of which I was fortunate to see and will share with you as the days go by.

The charm of seeing Birds in their Natural Habitat whereby they have selected a location to Roost is magically Enchanting .

Spotting these Majestic Storks alongside a Cursed but Pristine River in the Heart of India was thus a splendid Stroke of Luck.

The Bishop Stork or Woolly-Necked Storks ( English),  Shwetakanth mahabak  ( Sanskrit), Ciconia episcopus ( scientific Name) are Storks endemic ( native) to the Indian Sub-Continent.

Can you spot them on the Tree in the picture below?

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Rocky Homes

I always love the Local names as they are wonderfully descriptive of the Characteristics of Nature’s wondersShwetakanth mahabak as these lovely storks are called in Sanskrit accurately describe their lovely White ( Shweth)  Necks ( Kantha) . 

A close up of the Tree Top which had entrenched deep roots into the crevices of the Rocky Ravines reveals this beautiful Pair of Storks.

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A Couple Nesting

A close up of one of the Pair reveals Red Ruby Eyes, a Red Tipped Grey Bill and Red Toes to match.These are also trademark characteristics of the species Ciconia episcopus.

The male and female are however difficult to distinguish as they adorn Unisex Robes.

Can you spot the highly green accented feathers on the sides of this Fairly Large Sized Stork?

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Close Up of the Ruby Red Eyes

The Indian White-Necked Storks ( I try to use the various Synonyms for the birds so you can connect if you happen to see them )pair for life and usually Nest at the same location.

I wonder if they will be guarding the same Crevices on my next visit to this Charming and relatively unknown part of Central India.

The black Skull Cap is another unique feature of these relatively quiet birds.

the couple
Cuddling Up ( Oops the White Slip is Showing ) 

I was delighted to spot this lovely couple quite by chance alongside a River Cursed.

Unfortunately, The Woolly-Necked Stork is tagged as Vulnerable by the IUCN and is thus a Threatened Species.

 

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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.

29 thoughts on “COUPLED FOR LIFE”

      1. You are welcome…I regret that I miss some of your posts because I start my day at 0100 hrs (my time) and first about 1400 hrs….then I go into my relaxation mode until I sleep….

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  1. They are amazing creatures, and your photographs are great dear Mukul. How sad they’re endangered. Last weekend we sad the storks, they came to Istanbul… 🙂 Thank you, have a nice day, Love, nia

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    1. Oh how lovely. Did not know these storks so far, all the way to lovely Istanbul.Thank you as always Nia. From the day I started blogging last year you have always supported me with kind words. All the best to you.

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      1. You are welcome dear Mukul. But from where they are coming I don’t know. But every year in these days, we see them… They are so nice. But I couldn’t take their pictures, it wasn’t easy for me. Best wishes for you too dear, Love, nia

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