Blue Pansy

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The good thing about outdoors is there are so many intriguing things around us. A chirper somewhere, a buzzer here, a butterfly there! Thanks to the camera now I can capture all that I can see and also get my questions answered. I captured this fellow and my son asked me immediately what is the name of this butterfly and I told him let me get to Facebook and I am sure Shail Aunty (aunty for junior :mrgreen: ) will identify it for you 😀 😀 😀

This little butterfly is called Blue Pansy in english and you can read more about it here. The advantages of the camera, facebook are no less I tell ya, in someways they have further enhanced the whole outsdoor experience 😀 😀

A bench by the lake..

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When I first read about Vadhvana Bird Sanctuary about 80kms from my house I learnt they were wetlands. A sight similar to Nal Sarovar was the image that came to my mind. Shallow water full of weeds, water plants and algae was what I visioned. When we reached the place at around 11.30 after driving about 80 kms and taking lots of breaks alongside shooting all birds in all marshy water bodies and lakes of villages that came on the way we were greeted by 3 earnest fellows sitting on a table. They charged us Rs. 5/- for parking and Rs 10/- for me and my wife (5each) for entry to the sanctuary. The kid went free!!

As we climbed the first few steps to reach the level of the reservoir, the above sight was what greeted us. Amazingly the small lake or wetland looked like sea! There was a strong cool breeze and the lake almost had wave’s!!!! For me and wifey sitting on this bench and just feeling the gust of breeze in our faces would have been paisa vasool! 😀 The fact that we also got to see thousands of birds here was just a small bonus.

Doesn’t this place look just superb to sit for long hours and watch the water? In these cold winter days even at 12pm it was quite pleasant and amazingly refreshing sitting here.

In the next few days I will post pictures of this sanctuary and the birds we spotted there. As far as this post is concerned, I felt the above benches themselves deserved a post of their own! 🙂

Vadhvana Bird Sanctuary timings are from 8am to 5pm. Below is a small collage of the things that you can expect to find there and the location of the place.

The Birds :

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The location

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