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.

The Setting Sun in the Wetlands

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.

Bon Voyage

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.

Night Looms Large over the Wetlands

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.


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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.

36 thoughts on “WETLANDS”

  1. WOW! I can imagine how it was to be there and to watch their show. This is amazing and so exciting too dear Mukul. Thank you, I loved the photographs especially with the reflections of light. Love, nia

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  2. What we all do without politics? Watch the birds I suppose, which seems like a better thing to do. In America there is a saying that birds of a feather flock together. I enjoy mixing it up occasionally which is why I enjoy politics, second to bird watching.

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  3. It is lovely to see these Saras Cranes in their natural habitat. I believe our little Zoo Boise has a Saras Crane. (I can’t remember if there is a second, or just the lone one.) Zoo life is not real life. I feel bad for animals doomed to spend their lives like prisoners. And yet, when I visit the zoo, I can’t help but be transfixed by watching the animals there. And wetlands are so important. In the states there are many battles over the protection of wetlands; protection from development, from environmental degradation, pollution…. 😦

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