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Wingspan

Photograph of a bird in flight

Photograph of a bird in flight

Sultanpur National Park, a small nature reserve in the northern part of India, is an excellent place to observe several different species of local and migratory birds.

Painted Storks such as this one are one of the largest bird species found in the park. They can have wingspans as wide as five feet and can weigh up to 3.5 kilograms. Their bright orange heads and beaks make them easy to spot. While many storks are migratory, this particular species isn’t. Painted storks are mostly found in marshy wetlands across South Asia, and also in some places in Eastern Asia.

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Spotted Deer

Photograph of Spotted Deer

Photograph of Spotted Deer

This photograph was taken in Jim Corbett National Park in the foothills of the Himalayas. Spotted deer, such as the one in this photograph, are easily one of the most abundantly occurring animal species in the park. I, in my one and only trip to the Park, must have seen more than fifty of the small deer. These deer are regularly hunted and eaten by the tigers for which the Park is well known.

Despite being a spectacle themselves, deer are rarely the reason travellers visit Corbett. The main attraction, of course, is the tigers. In fact, this photograph was taken on the way to one of the prime tiger-spotting areas of the park.

In this photograph, the deer is standing in front of an electric fence. Park officials have installed these artificial boundaries in selected areas of the park to prevent animals from straying into nearby villages, and to create enclosures where tourists can rest and take breaks.