After our elephant safari and then breakfast, we headed out again at 8:30am back to Kaziranga National Park for an optional jeep safari. One our of group, feeling rather under the weather, decided to stay at the hotel, so we ended up with two open jeeps each with two tourists in the back and one of our two guides in the front with the driver. We were happy to be in the real, old, battered jeep that showed evidence of having been repaired many times over many years. As it turned out, the driver as well as the vehicle was the real deal, with an phenomenal talent for spotting and identifying wildlife.
Among the things we saw were: rhinos, buffalo, storks of many kinds, deer, sambar, vultures, a crested serpent eagle with a snake in its talons, a changeable hawk eagle, wild elephants, common kingfisher, pied kingfisher, India roller, herons – including a purple heron, pelicans, Assam roofed turtles sunning themselves, wild boar, lesser adjutant storks…
crested serpent eagle, with serpent
just a drongo – not rare, but I like the photo
a family of elephants
changeable hawk eagle
open-billed stork – dismissed by our guides as very common, but not at all common for us
Whenever we saw cows or buffalo, each one seemed to be equipped with its own personal egret
Personal Egret became one of the songs of the trip.
An added architectural bonus of this part of the Park were the observation towers: elegant modernist structures, both functional and beautiful.