Around 6 cars met today at Sultanpur gate, from where we moved on to the flats. As i have realised now due to my previous experiences, every time I have to go for a birding expedition, its like the world plots against me.  Being 15 years old, Im completely dependent on my driver bhaiya to show up at time if dad cannot take me for the walk, such as on this occasion. I reached 10 minutes late, gave my sincere apologies and moved along with the team to the flats. As soon as we reached there, 2 indian coursers greeted us, just before taking off into the sky. Two yellow wattled lapwings ran over the soft mud as photographers piled up to click them. We then moved onto a different section of the flats, hoping for better views of the courser, thick knee and sandgrouse. Alas, this area disappointed us, being abundant in yellow and red wattled lapwings but without any of the 3 catches, though a lone sarus crane did show up. We stopped at the lake near the flats for the ever famous birding breakfast, consisting of Jannat aunty’s delicious ham dish, a mouth watering south indian chole preparation from another birder and my own chole kulche. I told Nik uncle that they can go back to Delhi, while i would like to visit the  place of the initial courser sighting again. In the end, everyone decided to go to the same place once more, luck being on my side. We briefly saw 2 coursers at a distance, after which they flew off again, much to our dismay. Now everyone had left, but i decided to stay on longer, hanging on to my last thread of hope for the courser. As soon as the last car left, a lone courser flew over, which led me to 2 more in the dust, making some phenomenal shots. While i couldnt get more than one in one frame, im sure these close ups of the courser will still remain one of my favourite pictures for a long time. I noted 48 different species.

Aman Sharma