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July 29, 2017

Bikaner Cattle Dump

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Jorbeer Conservation Reserve

My guest house owner, vino, took me to the Bikaner cattle dump this morning to see the vultures. It was a fair way out of town, beyond an abandoned housing estate – the other side of the railway tracks, literally. Some men were there boiling down hooves and stuff for making glue I guess. They were also stripping the hides for leather.

Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus)

We saw these birds late in the morning as we were finishing. We had seen a few flocks flying around and I did not know what they were. They were Rosy Starling.

Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus)

Here is what they look like in flight.

Red-naped Ibis
Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa)

I thought these were Glossy Ibis at first until I saw the red head on them. What is a nape? I have no idea! And they are fake ibis, not real ones, pseudo-ibis. 🙂

Black Kites
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

There were tons of these around.

Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

Not very many vultures around. And only one variety. [insert sad face]

Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

And one in flight.

Common Babbler
Common Babbler (Turdoides caudata)

And of course a Common Babbler with what looks like a very angry ant. He later dropped it.

Changeable Lizard
Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

I have not seen a Changeable Lizard up a tree before. A lot of people call these chameleons. I am not sure if that is the right term.

Bikaner Bird List

Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus)
Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa)
White-browed Wagtail
Black Kite
Cattle Egret
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
Common Babbler (Turdoides caudata)
Bank Myna
Indian Silverbill
Green Bee-eater
Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum)
White-cheeked Bulbul
Red-wattled Lapwing
Indian Robin
Lesser Whistling-duck
Little Grebe
Rufous Treepie
Eurasian Collared Dove
Grey Francolin
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia female

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