Birds of Ranganathittu – A Photo Feature

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (ರಂಗನತಿಟ್ಟು ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ) is located in the Mandya District of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is a small sanctuary consisting of six islets on the banks of the Cauvery River.

The sanctuary is home to myriad species of birds – both native as well as migratory. The most common birds found here are the painted storks, open billed storks, spoon bills, white ibises and herons. One also sees river terns, kites, egrets, cormorants and pelicans. Keep your eyes wide open and you just might see a kingfisher or two as well!!!

Oh!! Did I forget to mention: In case you do visit this sanctuary and plan on cooling off by taking a swim in the river – think again. Close to 70 crocodiles call this section of the river ‘home’!!!  Hence it’s not uncommon to see a croc sunbathing on a rock outcrop or swimming silently past you as you take a boat ride on the river.

The nearest city to the sanctuary is Mysore and the nearest town is Srirangapatna. One can get to the sanctuary from Bangalore as well but though the drive is comfortable, it can take a couple of hours to cover the 130km distance.

To see all the images in this set, kindly click the link below:

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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