The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a unique ecosystem with two freshwater lakes that were formed many years ago after stop-banks were repaired to stop further salination of them. This means on one side water drains from the Ruparel and Kalindi rivers while on the other side, creeks flow from the Gulf Of Kutch – these have mangroves and other marine vegetation, while on the other side it’s all inland vegetation: combining to create a perfect bird watching spot!
Wetlands are the most productive and fertile in the world and here, some 257 species have been recorded in the sanctuary making this small place (about 6 or 7 sq km) very popular for birders, ornithologists, and general tourists like me!
As this area is on the Indo-Asian Flyway a good time to visit is from November to February is you want to see the visiting-for-winter birds too. I was in Gujarat to attend to first International Bird Conference in India (the next one is in February 2012)
Jamnagar is the nearest city (12ks) which is well-served with both rail and airport. I stayed at the Express Hotel as a guest of the Gujarat Tourism Board and all my arrangements were made by JN Rao Tours
Here are just some of the many photos I took while there … of course the real international birders took fabulous up close photos of birds – Australia’s Alan McBride just one them .. see some of his funny travel tips here