The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The reserve protects Bharatpur from frequent floods, provides grazing grounds for village cattle and earlier was primarily used as a waterfowl hunting ground. The 29 km (18 mi) reserve is locally known as Ghana, and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for wintering breeding etc. The Sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. It is known for nesting of its resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. The rare Siberian cranes used to winter in this park but this central population of Siberian Cranes is now extinct. According to Sir Peter Scott Keoladeo Sanctuary is the world’s best bird area.
The sanctuary was created 250 years ago and is named after a Keoladeo (Shiva) temple within its boundaries. Initially, it was a natural depression; and was flooded after the Ajan Bund was constructed by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the then ruler of the princely state of Bharatpur, between 1726–1763. The bund was created at the confluence of two rivers, the Gambhir and Banganga. The park was a hunting ground for the maharajas of Bharatpur, a tradition dating back to 1850, and duck shoots were organised yearly in honor of the British viceroys. In one shoot alone in 1938, over 4,273 birds such as mallards and teals were killed by Lord Linlithgow, the then Governor-General of India.
The park was established as a national park on 10 March 1982. Previously the private duck shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur since the 1850s, the area was designated as a bird sanctuary on 13 March 1976 and a Ramsar site under the Wetland Convention in October 1981. The last big shoot was held in 1964 but the Maharajah retained shooting rights until 1972. In 1985, the Park was declared a World Heritage Site under the world Heritage Convention. It is a reserve forest under the Rajasthan Forest Act, 1953 and therefore, is the property of the State of Rajasthan of the Indian Union. In 1982, grazing was banned in the park, leading to violent clashes between local farmers and the government.
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Romano46 (18472) 2013-04-20 2:25
altro ottimo BN di gran classe. Hai saputo sfruttare al meglio il bianco della nebbia per fare emergere le due figure in un paesaggio spettrale che mi auguro sia ben diverso da quello del parco, anche se leggendo le tue note, ci si chiede quanto esso possa ancora restare in vita.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Silvio1953 (128399) 2013-04-20 5:05
Ciao Valter, bella scena di vita quotidiana, splendido bianco e bero con deliziosa nebbiolina, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
holmertz (43707) 2013-04-20 5:11
This photo gives us some idea of a chilly morning in India in winter. Even 15 degrees would feel cold. The thick haze provides a fine background to the men and their vehicles. Even though the lampposts and the black line in the road get lost within a short distance there is still a good depth. This is again a photo that has probably gained from being in B&W.
cornejo (34626) 2013-04-20 5:15
Ciao Valter, fotografia eccellente di questa interessante scena nebbiosa mattina, splendidamente catturato in questa immagine interessante in bianco e nero, con ottima nitidezza. Lavoro eccellente e interessante perfettamente fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo buon lavoro.
Buon pomeriggio e buon fine settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
carlo62 (37258) 2013-04-20 8:57
la pianura Padana non è più niente, oggi come oggi, la nebbia, si trova dappertutto.
E con la nebbia si fanno sempre degli ottimi scatti in b&w, come riescono a me ;)
JFS (32459) 2013-04-20 10:28
Excellenbt shot my friend, great quality in this B&W, you got the essence of the momento. Good work!
Cricri (110295) 2013-04-20 11:03
Intéressante note, un matin fort brumeux et qui semble froid, l'arriver du cycliste ajoute de la vie, tout comme le chien coucher sur le côté et la personne qui te regarde et peut être t'attend pour reprendre la route!!!belle version en N/B
ourania (35080) 2013-04-20 11:08
un' immagine quieta ed affascinante nella semplicita' della composizione e nell' efficacissima cattura della scena e dell' atmosfera. Il tuo tempismo e' superbo, la distanza ed i contrasti fra i due uomini esaltano sia lo scenario che l' interesse intorno la vita quotidiana in questo luogo. La profondita' e' ben sentita e la nebbia porta mistero e suggestione nella scena. L' illuminazione, la gestione dei contrasti e la resa della monocromia sono stupende. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona domenica,
bona (13261) 2013-04-20 12:55
I can feel the coldness of this place with the fog and the men with coats.
Nice choise use the black and white here.
lousat (81112) 2013-04-20 15:27
Ciao Valter,mi sembra di essere dalle mie parti nelle mattine d'inverno quando la nebbia la fa' da padrona e passano i pakistani in bici che vanno al lavoro..ehhee..cattura magnifica del momento e dell'ambiente,se vogliamo cercare il pelo nell'uovo,l'uomo sulla destra e' un po' troppo in posa,avrebbe dovuto guardare altrove.Complimenti e buona Domenica,Luciano
delpeoples (54463) 2013-04-21 1:56
Dio che contrasto con La Figuera! Hai scelto bene il bianconero, dando anche piú atmosfera alla scena. Mi piace come un uomo ti ha guardato direttemente, ed in piedi, e come l'altro anche ti guarda, ma in movimento. La nebbia é quasi minniacciosa qui, accentuando anche di piú l'atmosfera. Complimenti, una foto che mi fa pensare.
Un abbraccio e bella giornata
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-04-21 4:20
actually I always considered fog as a enemy of the photography,but thanks to you changed my mind.I´m really delighted by this unique mood you created here.Like in one of your previous shots with fog,also here you show us how good is the combination of the fog with B&W treatment.
Magnificent my friend!
Have a good sunday
thebest (4276) 2013-04-21 6:28
Firstly I hope you are well & travelling safely?
Secondly thank you so much for your recent critic & extremely generous comments... you made my day - I had a beaming smile of great pride.
I like this latest photo very much & the overall content is wonderful... you do like travelling around India & as far as photography goes you are being highly rewarded with great images.
This is a superb photo high standard.
Take care dear friend,
marabu61 (9209) 2013-04-21 12:30
This is a very moody shot with a quite cold feel to it. It seems that the locals are quite feeling the cold and damp weather here. The black and white approach enhances the moody feeling of the fog beautifully.
have a good evening
jhm (142852) 2013-04-22 4:46
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Fog brings always a very specially atmosphere.
Also on these picture see we the peoples, but are not restful with the photographer in them environment
We get excellent perspective and depth picture.
Nice found, excellent taken with a nice result.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Miguel82 (26246) 2013-04-24 15:07
Yes winter season in Bharatpur, high season for tourists
Excellent portrait and life scene taken inside of the national park
Good document Valter
Have a nice evening
npecanhuk (69146) 2013-04-24 20:01
Very interesting and attractive daily life and black & white picture!
Exposure, sharpness, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
adores (39894) 2013-04-25 14:00
A very good b&w here! I like the conversion and the fog really adds to the atmosphere. I also like the pose of the man in front of the rikshaw, while the other passes on his bike! You even captured a dog in background. The way they were dressed tells it was cold!
Vasa (16778) 2013-05-07 15:32
Like your photos Backlight and Foggy morning - you profit very well the atmosphere and you didn't forget the composition. All compliments caro amico Valter.
- Copyright: Valter Palone (bayno) (18344)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-02-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 24-70mm f/2,8 L
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-20 2:16