A recent visit to the Little Rann of Kutch in India

A mirror reflection of a wading bird at sunset in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

Many followers of NaturesLens will probably know that David & I have been friends for many years. Well before he & Pui Hang set up NaturesLens & have enjoyed many photographic adventures together.

Just before Christmas 2017, David asked me if I had been to the Little Rann of Kutch. I said I had never even heard of it. Kutch is a little-known wildlife destination in the state of Gujarat near the Pakistan border.  So off we went in March this year to carry out a recce for NaturesLens.

Sunset over one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

We stayed at a lodge near the park of Little Rann of Kutch. The area is mainly a vast saline desert interspersed with thorny scrub & grasslands, appx 5,000 sq kilometres.  It is a very strategic location for bird migration including many types of raptors, waders, cranes, flamingos & other bird species. It is also home to the very rare Asiatic Wild Ass, Indian Wolf, Indian Fox & Desert Fox. Some of these species can be seen nowhere else.

One of the Indian Foxes walking across open grassland an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Desert Foxes curled up on the ground an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

An Asiatic Wild Ass with foal an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A young Desert Fox kit an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A trio of Asiatic Wild Ass including one of the foals make their way across the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph rare & endangered species which will make great additions to your portfolio. The Raptors do not have trees to perch in, so unusually they sit on the ground. This provides unusual opportunities to photograph raptors at eye level as they take off from the ground.

One of the Steppe Eagles flying over the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayOne of the female Montagu's Harrier hunting across the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

It can be scorching hot in this desert region often up to 38c. But it is a dry heat so much more bearable than some other states of India, which can be very humid.

David & I spent a week exploring the habitats & there are many more great locations we did not have time to visit. Our timing was probably a little bit late as the migrating birds were starting to leave & return to their breeding countries. But we still had great opportunities for photography & realise it could have been even better.

A mirror reflection of a wading bird at sunset in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayA sunset silhouette of a wading bird in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayIt is indeed a location I would not hesitate in returning to in the future. Hopefully, the images here will give you a taste of what to expect on any future Wildlife of the Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday to Gujarat.

Two Black Winged Stilts wading in the mirror like waters of one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

Three Lesser Flamingoes standing in the reflective waters of a lake in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Steppe Eagles with out stretched wings gliding over the barren salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Lesser Flamingos feeding an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A pair of Lesser Flamingo getting ready to take off at one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

 

A mass of the Lesser Flamingos take flight an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A juvenile Lesser Flamingo with its beak in the water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Juvenile Black Winged Stilt standing in water with one leg raised an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A group of Lesser Flamingo and juveniles feeding in water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A flock of Demoiselle Cranes in one of the lakes at Little Rann of Kutch an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A flock of Demoiselle Cranes congregating in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Female Desert Fox an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Bar tailed Godwit looking for food in water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

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