Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Nannaj GIB Sanctuary - 15th to 17th Aug, 2008

Latest Update: 15th to 17th Aug 2008 trip is FULL (you can still choose to be on waiting list:-)

Bookings for another trip from 22nd to 24th Aug 2008 have started (Only 4 seats remaining).....for details contact me on the below given phone numbers.

GIB & Grey Francolin Image: Coutesy: Mr.Nayan Khanolkar

India is blessed with a variety of habitats that hold varied birdlife. However, most of these habitats are under threat from something or the other. From these, the Grassland habitats in particular are the first to encroached upon, on the pretext that these are wastelands. However, they are one of the most bio-diversity rich habitats that hold an amazing variety of birdlife. Once, there were far stretching areas which had grasslands throughout India, but sadly very few remain now (apart from the Terai Grasslands)……notably amongst them are Banni grasslands, Naliya, Velavadar and LRK in Gujarat, Rollapadu in Andhra Pradesh, Ghatigoan & Karera Bustard sanctuary in M.P., Sorson and Sonkhaliya in Rajasthan, Rannebennur in Karnataka, Rehekuri, Ozhar, Mayureshwar & Nannaj in Maharashtra.

With the exploitation of grasslands, the flagship species namely the Great Indian Bustard, Lesser Florican, Indian Wolf, Blackbuck are also threathened. Infact there are fewer than 400 GIBs that are believed to remain in the whole world and are critically endangered. Not many know that this majestic bird was once a strong contender for the position of our national bird……but the tricky name got him out of the race.

Nannaj GIB Sanctuary : One such amazing grassland / scrubland is the famous Nannaj GIB sanctuary, approx. 22 kms from Solapur.

Nannaj is a small village approx. 22 Kms away from the main city Solapur, Maharashtra.The total area covered under sanctuary is approx. 600 hectars. However, it is not a continous strech, but a discontinous area which is divided into various plots, some of which are owned by Govt. and some are Private land.

The area called "100 Hectar" is a plot of 100 hectars, and is the core area of the sanctuary where the breeding pairs have been observed. Recent census has put the estimation to over 20 Great Indian Bustards.... However, the GIBs spread over vast areas in the sanctuary and nearby cultivated fields depending on the availability of food.

Nannaj GIB Sanctuary also holds a very good population of Blackbucks that stroll over leisurely but cautiously around the park and the surrounding area. The main predators of these Blackbucks and the Black-naped hares which abound here are Indian Wolf and Indian Fox. There is a resident pack of 8 wolves in the core area of the sanctuary, that are regularly seen scanning their area with a dominant "Alpha pair".....

Apart from the above flagship species, Nannaj is a great place to see a number of other grassland and scrubland species like larks, pipits, Quails, Francolins, Sandgrouse, Lapwings, Raptors, Coursers, Munias, Doves etc…..

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Though the GIBs are nomads and can spread to a large area, August month is the best time to try and see the bustards in Nannaj area when they seek a safe abode to display and breed in the core area.

Breaking News : The latest News is that about 10 Great Indian Bustards have arrived in the core area since 28th July'08..... One of the largest contingents in recent times :-)

Trip Details

Date: 15th Aug 2008 morning 6.30 am to 17th Aug 2008 eve 9.00 pm


Date: 22nd Aug 2008 morning 6.30 am to 24th Aug 2008 eve 9.00 pm

Mode of Travel : By Minibus (considering the extensive travel to cover the area and also the, to and fro travel from Hotel to the Sanctuary everyday)

Tour Iterinary:

15th Aug / 22nd Aug- Travel to Nannaj (Boarding from Bandra-E at 6.30 am) - Stop for lunch at Bhigwan - Birdwatch in Bhigwan on the way for an hr (If time permits) - Evening Birdwatching in Nannaj

16th Aug / 23rd Aug- Morning Birdwatching in Nannaj - Evening visit the Eurasian Owl quary

17th Aug / 24th Aug- Morning Birding in Nannaj and surrounding area - afternoon return back

More details on the iterinary will be given to those who register.....

Trip charges : Rs.3350/-

Includes Stay in Hotel Saikrupa- Solapur on a twin sharing basis, Travel by 27 seater minibus (Group size- max.21 persons), Park entry charges, vegetarian food, Articles on Nannaj and Nannaj bird checklist & on board snacks…….

This does not include any other chages and also any individual camera charges .... the person will need to pay to the forest dept as per their rules.

Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to natureindiatours@gmail.com and by paying a non refundable 40 % Advance (Rs.2000/-) …..the remaining amount will be collected in the bus on the day of travel.

Resource Persons: Mr.Adesh Shivkar & Mr.Bhagwat Mhaske (Forest Guard- Nannaj)

Payment: You can either
1) Transfer the advance money directly to my HDFC A/c : (please call me for my A/c no.) .... please mention your name, date and other details….
2) Courier a cheque of Rs.2000/- to the following address

Name: Mr.Adesh Shivkar
Address: D/8, The Adi Janata Society, Behind HP Petrolpump, Opp. Hotel Shangrila, Sion(East), Mumbai-400022

Please reply to me, in case you need any clarification …..

For any other queries I am available on 9321463362 or 9820455713 or natureindiatours@gmail.com

Hope to see you for this wonderful trip

Thanks for your patience.

Warm Regards,

Adesh Shivkar
Nature India
Appreciate, Respect & Care for Nature