BREEDING SKIMMERS ON THE CHAMBAL RIVER

Endangered Indian Skimmers enthralled our group with  their breeding season antics on the Chambal River (Inger Vandyke)

Endangered Indian Skimmers enthralled our group with their breeding season antics on the Chambal River (Inger Vandyke)

During our recent trip to the spectacular Chambal River Sanctuary, guests from Wild Images were treated to the wonderful spectacle of breeding Indian Skimmers! We were enthralled by their aerial courtship displays, mating, nesting and exchanging of fish gifts with potential mates.

Classified as Endangered by the IUCN, Indian Skimmers are threatened by habitat loss, fishing, sand mining and pollution in the Chambal, their last remaining stronghold. It was a thrill to see a small breeding colony on a sand island during our safaris on the river. We truly felt immersed in their world as we watched their antics and listened to their chatter-like calls.

Located near Agra, the Chambal River forms a geographical boundary between Uttar Pradesh and Madya Pradesh. It is also home to a plethora of wildlife including Gangetic River Dolphines, Gharial, crocodiles, turtles and fish. For a wildlife photographer, the soft light and vast variety of subjects truly makes the Chambal a truly mesmerising destination.

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