Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
10 Nov 2016
Had another world class sunrise at Karmlai this morning. I packed a few pieces of fruit and a thermos of tea and was dropped off a for a half day so I could take my time and explore. Saw some chinkaras in the distance. Extremely wary and difficult to get close to, but I posted the best image I could get. The chinkara, also known as the Indian gazelle, is a gazelle species native to Iran, Pakistan and India. They live in arid plains and hills, deserts, dry scrub and light forests and Karmlai area provides the perfect habitat. Well adapted to the arid lands they can go without water for long periods and can get moisture just from plants and dew.
A few of the mornings highlight included that wonderful Indian black Ibis again as well as a little egret, little cormorant, little grebe, desert wheatear, and a great gray shrike. Also saw a large eagle though not clearly enough to identify it, but I am told eagles are common here and I will be seeing more. My best guess was that it was an Eastern Imperial Eagle.
Tomorrow I will return again at sunrise and hike the upland regions and see what I can find. Perhaps I’ll get lucky enough to see that eagle again.
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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