Bird watching in Nalsarovar
The Nalsarovar bird sanctuary comprises a lake of about 100 sq kms at 75 kms from Ahmedabad, where you can view flamingoes, pelicans, geese, cranes, storks, ibises, spoonbill, wading birds, swallows, fishing eagles, osprey, harriers and other migratory birds.
42 kms drive from Sanand to Nalsarovar during Winter (Oct - March) is nothing short of a bird watching experience with hundreds of birds hanging by the electric pole. Just a drive yielded more than 25 varieties of birds that otherwise not spotted in cities such as Indian Roller, Black Drongo, White Breasted Kingfisher, Little Egret, Large Egret, Painted Stork, Cormorants (Little and Large), Crow Pheasant, Black Winged kite, Ring Dove, Red Turtle Dove, Green Bee eater etc..
Nalsarovar park entrance to the lake is about 2 kms of Marshland and grassland and many birds are seen right at the entrance itself. Some of them seen there included Egrets, Herons, Ibis and Cormorants.
Birds are visible from Nalsarovar Lake depending on Lake levels. If lake levels are too high then birds typically are seen in nearby areas where lake levels are lower. Flamingos (Lesser and Greater), Spoonbills, Gadwall, Gargany, Grey Lag Goose, Painted Stork, Pelican, Bar headed goose and many other migratory birds are seen in Nalsarovar Lake or area around it.
Boat ride in Nalsarovar is rather touristy and best avoided by avid Bird watchers. However once water levels come down then exclusive boat safari with an experienced local guide is recommended.
Oct- March is the best season to visit Nalsarovar Sanctuary. Lack accommodation around the area means that its best visited enroute Dasada / Zainabad / Dhragadhra (Little Rann of Kutch) or Ex-Ahmedabad.