Bird Watching In Jamnagar
Jamnagar is situated 90 kms from Rajkot and 150 kms from Dwarka and around Jamnagar there are number of sites that would be of great interest for any Bird watcher.
The dams around Jamnagar like Vijarkhi Dam, Ranjit Sagar Dam, Sasoi Dam, Sinhan Dam are also wonderful spots for Bird watching.
1,5 hours drive west of Jamnagar is Narara Island (62 kms), one of India's best sites for Crab-plover and where one can find a host of other migratory birds such as Yellow Legged Gull, Sand Plover, Painted Stork etc. Full Coral walk at Narara Island can take upto 3 hours (Plus 3 hours of travelling from Jamnagar), making it a half or full day activity.
A short drive from Jamnagar (10 kms) is Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary. Its possible to site Indian Skimmer and Black-necked Stork. A variety of waterfowl and waterside birds can be spotted here. Flamingos and Pelicans arrive in large numbers and its considered a prime spot for any bird watchers to Jamnagar looking for wide ranging bird species and an exclusive bird watching experience.
Another area ex-Jamnagar is Charakhla where there are saltpans and shrimp breeding centres. The saline water rich in shrimps attract flamingos, white pelicans, huge flocks of black-necked and great-crested grebe, etc.
Pirotan Island (accessible from Jamnagar via a Boat ride) is one of the 42 islands of the Gulf of Kutchh, which is famous for its corals and beaches and also a popular spot for bird lovers. The island has a lighthouse and one can find as many wader birds. Permissions are required here from Forest, Navy and many other departments making it a difficult to access option.
Another area Lakhota lake (right in centre of Jamnagar) where one can find many waterbirds. Walking in the early mornings especially in the winter months & sitting under the beautiful domes allows you to experience nature with the birds. One can watch gulls, ducks, flamingoes, rosy pastors, etc.
Another area is Barda hills Sanctuary (90 kms from Jamnagar towards Porbander).are full of woods and grasslands especially immediately after the rains at the start of winter. Walking down the trails after reaching the Kileshwar Temple complex gives you chance to spot nesting of Pond heron, nesting of Cattle Egret, Indian Pitta, Great breasted Warlbler, White eye, Spotted munia, Little egret etc.
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