Jamnagar, the bird watchers Paradise
If you are a birdwatcher, then, you will love it here, as several migratory birds make the areas around Jamnagar their home during the winter months. The best site for bird watching within the city is the Lakhota Lake (Ranmal Lake) where up to 75 species of birds are known to descend in winters. Walking in the early mornings especially in the winter months & sitting under the beautiful domes allows you to experience nature with the birds...
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary Black Necked Stork
Its a unique wet land area with sea water on one side and fresh water on one side.
This area was declared as a Khijadia Bird Sanctury on 6th November 1982.
Before independence, a check dam had been built for storing the waters of the Ruparen River just near the sea, so gradually over the years with fresh water of the rain and river on one side and salt water of the sea on the other side, a unique area came up where both varieties of vegetation came up, gradually, birds and animals also started flocking and roosting here. this is also one of the few sanctuaries in peninsular India where the Crested Grebe breeds.
The area of this Sanctury is 605 Hectares.
There are 3 Watch Tower for bird watchers, as well as inspection paths leading deep into the foliage Khijadia
There are also provisions for Paddle boats, in the main as well as the Jamnbuda watch tower area.
One can find both types of sea and shore birds...
Watching the arrival of the Cranes during sunset for roosting is a fantastic experience.
Location: about 12 KMS from Jamnagar.
Some of the birds found here are :
- Black Necked Stork
- Black Ibis
- Black wing stilt
- Black winged kite Aadil at Khijadia watchtower
- Brahmini Kite
- Cattle Egret
- Pheasants tailed Jacana
- Green Stone Plover
- Green Shank
- Grey Patridge
- Indian Skimmer
- Imperial Eagle
- Indian Pond Heron
- Indian Robin
- Little Tern
- Purple Moorhen
- Black Tailed Godwit
- Comb duck
- Common Crane
- Demoiselle Crane
- Common Teel
- Dunlin Birds at Khijadia
- Marsh Harrier
- Painted Stork
- Wigeon Duck
- Pale Harrier
- Snake Birds
The other wild life found here are :
- Blue Bulls
- Jungle cat
- Cobra, etc