GIB & Grey Francolin Image: Coutesy: Mr.Nayan Khanolkar
(Participants of the 1st trip- 15th to 17th Aug, 2008)
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,
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 : 4 male Great Indian Bustards were seen along with over 90 species in our last trip :-)
Date: 5th Sep 2008 eve. 10.30 pm to 8th Sep 2008 mor. 6.30 am
Mode of Travel : Train uptill Solapur and local travel by Jeeps.Tour Iterinary:
5th Sep- Departure from Mumbai by train at 10.30 pm
6th Sep - Arrive at Solapur by 6.55 am - Refresh & Breakfast (really fast) - Birdwatching in Nannaj - Lunch at Hotel - Visit to Eurasian Eagle Owl area - Evening Birding at Nannaj
7th Sep- Morning Birdwatching in Nannaj - Sumptous lunch of the typical Solapur delicacies -Evening visit to Motibaug tank / Kambar talao in Solapur city for birding - return to hotel - Dinner and proceed to board the train at 10.45 pm
8th Sep- Reach Mumbai (Dadar) in mor. by 6.30 amMore details on the iterinary will be given to those who register.....
Trip charges : Rs.3350/-
Includes Stay in Hotel at Solapur on a twin sharing basis, Mumbai-Solapur-Mumbai train travel (Sleeper Class), Local transport by Jeeps, Park entry charges, vegetarian food, Articles on Nannaj and Nannaj bird checklist, on board mineral water and 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 email@example.com and by paying a non refundable Advance of Rs.2000/-…..the remaining amount will be collected in the bus on the day of travel.
Resource Persons: Mr.Adesh Shivkar & Mr.Bhagwat Mhaske
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you for this wonderful trip
Thanks for your patience.
Appreciate, Respect & Care for Nature