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.
The hills in the eastern part of the Indian state of Kerala are home to several nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. When we visited one of these reserves during the summer, we were caught off guard by the dense fog and relatively low temperatures.