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Waders in the mist,  at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan. It is a man-made wetland that is now a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to a breathtaking avifaunal diversity.
Waders in the mist, at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan. It is a man-made wetland that is now a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to a breathtaking avifaunal diversity.Photo: K. Jayaram
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The darter, a tropical waterbird, and the terrapin, at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
The darter, a tropical waterbird, and the terrapin, at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
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The sambar, at Bharatpur.
The sambar, at Bharatpur.Photo: K. Jayaram
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The common coot  (Fulica atra), a member of the bird family the Rallidae, at Bharatpur.
The common coot (Fulica atra), a member of the bird family the Rallidae, at Bharatpur.Photo: K. Jayaram
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Freshwater crocodile at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka.
Freshwater crocodile at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka.Photo: K. Jayaram
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The river tern (Sterna aurantia) of the family Laridae, at Ranganathittu.
The river tern (Sterna aurantia) of the family Laridae, at Ranganathittu.Photo: K. Jayaram
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The Asian Openbill  (Anastomus oscitans) of the stork family Ciconiidae, at Ranganathittu
The Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) of the stork family Ciconiidae, at RanganathittuPhoto: K. Jayaram
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The lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), a wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae, with a water snake, at Ranganathittu.
The lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), a wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae, with a water snake, at Ranganathittu.Photo: K. Jayaram
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The Eurasian spoonbill  (Platalea leucorodia) of the family Threskiornithidae, at Ranganathittu.
The Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) of the family Threskiornithidae, at Ranganathittu.Photo: K. Jayaram
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A flock  of Eurasian spoonbills at Ranganathittu.
A flock of Eurasian spoonbills at Ranganathittu.Photo: K. Jayaram
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The spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis) of the Pelecanidae family, Ranganathittu.
The spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis) of the Pelecanidae family, Ranganathittu.Photo: K. Jayaram
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The greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) of the family Phoenicopteridae, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) of the family Phoenicopteridae, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.Photo: K. Jayaram
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Fishing from a coracle at dawn, at Hesaraghatta lake, Bengaluru.
Fishing from a coracle at dawn, at Hesaraghatta lake, Bengaluru.Photo: K. Jayaram
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Wetland frogs (Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis), the Dicroglossidae family, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Wetland frogs (Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis), the Dicroglossidae family, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.Photo: K. Jayaram
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