The park, which once upon a time was a marshy piece of land, is today an ideal haven for our winged visa less friends. It is best visited in winters as one gets to see a number of organisms like crustaceans, fish, unique insects and much more.

Located in the NCR – Gurgaon, on the Gurgaon – Farukh Nagar Road, this park was first identified by an enthusiastic bird watcher, Peter Jackson, who went on to convince Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, on the need for giving protection to this area of 359 acres and keeping its potential in mind, the area was declared a Bird sanctuary in 1971 and was upgraded to the status of national Park in 1991 by the Haryana Government.

With the help extended by the Department of wild Life preservation, Haryana carried out a number of development works like construction of mounds, and widening of paths, four tube wells and improved vegetation in the area along with planting many trees that made this sanctuary popular with birds. With a revival of rare species such as the Bugun Liocichla, Indian bird sanctuaries prove to be a good breeding ground. Bird sanctuaries prove to be a good breeding ground. The bird has olive plumage with a distinctive black cap and red, black and white patches on its wings.

The trees such as Acacia Nilotica, Acacia Tortilis, Beris and Neem have also become popular. Adding more alacrity to the visitor’s trip are the multiple resources available in the center, which triggers the passion of the ornithologist. Availability of library as well as films, slides and binoculars, all add to the charm of this wondrous Sanctuary. Most of the school students, who come here on educational trips, are excited to see the four watch towers (machans), which are located at different points. For birders and tourists interested in staying for the night, there is a resort just near the entrance providing food and lodging.

A trip to the educational Interpretation Center, which has over 70 attractive color photographs of different species of birds, varying from 16″x 16″ to 38″x 40″, promises to quench the thirst for knowledge of its visitors. Photographs accompanied with informative write-ups about birds, which will be of interest to bird lovers are also available here. The Haryana Wild Life Department has dedicated a room in the memory of Dr. Salim Ali, an internationally renowned Ornithologist, which contains his bust, photographs, write ups, and certain other things related to the various facets of his personality.

While it’s astonishing to know that in Haryana alone a record number of more than 450 species of birds arrive, 250 have been recognized and have been accorded a status in the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Some of them are resident, while others come from distant regions like Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan.

In Varanasi this year migratory birds are flocking to India’s turning it into a big attraction for tourists. The city plays host to thousands of exotic birds every year migrating to India from their original habitat to avoid the harsh winters back home.

These beautiful birds can be seen gliding in the river Ganges chirping and chasing fish for the food. These winged creatures generally inhabit this place from the beginning of the month of November and stay till the end of winter. There are Siberian cranes from the Arctic, and gray lag geese from China have become a regular feature.

Common Hoopoe, Paddy field Pipit, purple Sun bird, Little Cormorant, Eurasian, Thick-knee, Gray Francolin, Black Francolin, Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, Spot billed Duck, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Little Egret, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, India Crested Lark, Red vented Bulbul, Rose ringed Parakeet, Red wattled Lapwing, Shikra, Eurasian collared Dove, Red collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Owlet, Rock Pigeon, Magpie Robin, Greater Coucal, Weaver Bird, Bank Mynah, Common Mynah and Green Bee Eater were all prominently placed.

Although the tour gave ample space to students to know about the migratory birds, the desires of the students remained unfulfilled. All the team wanted was a pair of wings that could enable them to fly to far-off lands with a freedom to be shot in a camera.

Source by Jitender Singh Walia