Quenching migratory birds in an oasis in Khichan.

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Migratory birds can be seen at many places, but what is special about this village Khichan of Rajasthan is that the locals of the village offer quintals of grains to these birds early morning in a rectangular enclosure every day. The villagers enjoy a special relationship with the birds. These Eurasian cranes fly out of the breeding grounds of steppes and start flocking in and around the various water bodies of Khichan. They fly in from August and spend the winter months here. Take a diversion from Jodhpur – Udaipur road to see the Quenching migratory birds in an oasis in Khichan.

Demoiselle Cranes in Khichan

The birds taking a short drink, some of them taking a bath, some acrobatically displaying the affection to their mate, the krok-krok calls all were an audio-visual treat in the scorching heat of the desert. The villagers in the Thar venerate them for the norm of keeping a single life partner all through their lifetime. The Atithi Devo Bhava (Guest is God) spirit of the Rajasthanis holds good not just for the tourists but also for the migratory birds, The Demoiselle Cranes.

Khichan in Phalodi, is 150 kilometers from Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

This post won the “On the Road Writing Contest People’s Choice Grand Prize winner”. 10/8/10. Thank you friends for voting for my entry!


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32 Responses

  1. Great entry. All the best:))

  2. Joop Zand says:

    Good pictures Indrani

    greetings, Joop

  3. Denise says:

    A very special post Indrani. These photos bring joy. Thank you! 🙂
    An English Girl Rambles

  4. George says:

    This is a wonderful and informative post. Good luck in the contest.

  5. Reader Wil says:

    Cranes are very symbolic birds in Japan. A thousand cranes mean good health. Beautiful photos Indrani!

  6. When did u see these Demoiselle cranes here? Coz for the last couple of years, their numbers in India are coming down rapidly.

  7. Wish you best of luck.. 🙂

  8. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful birds. It is good to see that people are kind to these birds.

  9. Carver says:

    What a wonderful post. The birds are very beautiful and you photographed them so well. Also I was especially interested in learning of the special relationship between the villagers and the birds.

  10. ewok1993 says:

    wwhat beautiful birds. first time to see them. good luck on this post.

  11. magiceye says:

    best wishes!!

  12. Elegant birds. Beautiful story. Thanks.

  13. Cloudia says:

    Yes, we love our migratory partners in this world.

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

  14. those are such beautiful birds. the birds in flight are awesome. all the best in your contest.

  15. ladyfi says:

    What wonderful shots of delightful birds. Love the ones of the cranes in action.

  16. Excellent captures! I like the top image!!

  17. wonderful and informative

    i wish u win in this contest

    best of luck

  18. YOSEE says:

    God bless those noble people caring for the migratory birds. Reminded me of the village Kokkarebellur,the migratory roost for Painted storks ( near Maddur)

  19. That is a lot of cranes. Sad to hear though that they might be dwindling. Great shot of them in flight.

  20. they were s0 lovely.wish y0u g0odluck!

  21. they were s0 lovely.wish y0u g0odluck!

  22. Trotter says:

    Hi Indrani! Fabulous shots!!

    Blogtrotter Two is almost leaving Costa Smeralda. But still has some new pictures for you to enjoy!!! Drop a line and have a great week!

  23. Nik says:

    Nice blog .. Nice pics!

    Maybe, this is fueling my dreams of leading a dual life. .. second one of a photographer 🙂

  24. Ann says:

    will you be watching the commonweath games? I am interested to see them use big monkeys to chase little monkeys away.

  25. Babli says:

    Very beautiful pictures. Wish you all the best.

  26. alicesg says:

    The photos are very fantastic. Wish you the best in the contest.

  27. Migratory birds….
    Really interesting Post!!
    I have a soft corner for these migratory birds..

    Have great time !!

  28. eileeninmd says:

    Great post, they are nice looking cranes. It must be wonderful to see them in person!

  29. This is wonderful Indrani. All the best.

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