These Wetlands are home to the Sarus Cranes and the embattled Ruling Family of Uttar Pradesh as well. ( but we are not discussing politics here are we ?) . Yet (and maybe it is a prophesy of the times to come ) the camera captures The Setting Sun in the region near Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The Bird Festival ( do read up an earlier post by the same title) held in the Chambal River Sanctuary ( previous blogs such as CROCODILES IN THE CHAMBAL would be interesting to read) and a desire to watch the Sarus Cranes in their largest natural habitat helped me capture some images of the Setting Sun in these Wetlands.
You can see some Birders and their Vehicles lined up in the picture below as well.
As the Sun Sets, a mist descends on the Wetlands and the Enchanting Sarus Cranes ( Scientific name Grus antigone ) know it is time to head home.
I recall with some nostalgia that one of my very first blogs ( titled URBAN FORESTS and posted in July 2015 ) was on the Sarus Cranes, which I had seen Nesting in a wetland near New Delhi. These wetlands near Delhi are now unfortunately and gradually being replaced by Skyscrapers.
As Night looms large the landscape dramatically changes colour as well.
The tiny birds like the Warblers and Larks turn Invisible in the midst of the Reeds and other Flora as darkness envelopes the landscape.
It was a spectacular show of nearly 80 ( eighty) Sarus Cranes that evening and I hope their Habitat is protected so the graceful and beautiful Sarus Cranes do not fade with the Setting Sun.