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Marshes

Nikkor 24-70/2.8 S @60mm, f7.1, Nikon Z 6

Misty mornings signal the winter. The primeval beauty of Rajasthan blends with marshland habitats. We have spent a week in this landscape, from dark to dark. Painted stork on the right and left side (late nesting), white-throated kingfisher and a raptor flying are part of the scenery.

Most of the water will dry out in a couple of months. Migratory birds will be feasting on the exposed muds. This national park receives attention and care of the Rajasthan Government. Because the fauna is not complete here, and some of the large animals like elephants are absent, the man has to replace their presence with labour. The area is also supplied with water. It is a wise move economically as well as the visitors bring vital employment opportunities to the local population.

On a larger scale, Rajasthan climate is also pulsing through the millennia between the wetter and drier weather with the latter distinct during peaks of the ice ages due to lower temperature and less liquid water in the system. For some time, and at the moment, the region is unusually dry. Although the patterns of the regional climate are complex equations, logic suggests that the deserts moving into the eastern regions come as a result of the sudden, unusual shift in climate. That is combined with agricultural pressures overpopulation is exerting on the water sources in the long term.




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