The new picture book ‘Birds of Khijadiya’ says there are 257 species here, and with brackish, sea, and fresh water within its 600 ha, it certainly provides a diversity of conditions for both resident birds and the migrants along the Indo-Asian Fly-way.
Created in 1988, this sanctuary is in the city of Porbandar ( which also birthplace of Gandhi) This is a popular destination for local ornithologists with both resident, nesting and migratory birds. Contact local bird-man / photographer Bharat Rughani for more info.
Only 40 kms north-west of Ahmedabad this lake was created in 1912 and covers about 7 sq. kms visiting here with birders –
Doris and Chris Murphy who highly recommended this spot, especially in winter when the migratory birds are here.
On a bird migration route and near the Gulf of Kutch, this sanctuary provides an important feeding, breeding and roosting habitat for about 70,000-75,000 birds who nest in the 250 acres. On the list as a possible UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a remarkable and unique landscape that becomes a coastal wetland for about a month after the annual monsoon rains.
NOTE: When I was visiting the Little Rann area I stayed at Desert Courses, Camp Zainabad – where there where about 50 or 60 different birds just around the camp – so a perfect spot for birders!