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September/October, 2014 – Gujarat again!

Red-necked Phalarope
After my Arunachal trip in April, I did a few "day trips" around Bengaluru and was able to better many images in my collection.

After the monsoon, in September, I made a family trip to Gujarat with focus on visiting a few famous temples. I did however manage to steal one day (30th September) at Jamnagar for birding. I was able to add the “Red-necked Phalarope” to my collection with “Chiku’s help!

We left Bengaluru on the 29th September. Our Air India flight to Mumbai was delayed and hence we missed the flight to Jamnagar. Instead we flew to Rajkot and then drove to Jamnagar. We reached Jamnagar for Dinner instead of lunch! Warm weather!

29th and 30th night we stayed at President Hotel, Jamnagar. Mustak Bhai is a great host and the food at the hotel is superb. It was fun meeting Bitu Bhai and Chicku. I also meet a lot of bird photographers from Jamnagar that night as they had gathered at Hotel President to launch a “Bird Photography Club” of their own!

Lions at Devaliya
1st October, we drove to Gir via Dwarka and Porbandar. 1st October to 3rd October we stayed at Taj Gateway, Gir. We were in Gir a couple of weeks in advance. The park opens on 15th October and we were there on the 1st October. No entry into the forest! So, we made a trip to “Devaliya”  were tourists are enabled to get a glimpse of a couple of captive lions in a vast enclosure.

On 4th, we drove to Diu. Nice! 4th and 5th October we stayed at Diu ( KOSTAMAR BEACH RESORT ). Enjoyed the beach and good food!

6th October we flew back to Bangalore from DIU. (Diu-Porbandar-Mumbai, Mumbai-Bangalore)

Vijay Cavale
October 2014