Baillon Crake in Thol Bird Sanctuary
Baillon Crake in Thol is the migratory bird who migrates from northern breeding areas to Thol lake, as its southern wintering grounds. Crake bird is one of the rare birds who travel thousand kilometer from their native place to Thol once in a year. There are almost 200 different species along with Crakes who fly hundreds and thousands of kilometers to Thol lake in Gujarat, India for feeding, breeding and raising their young. Thol is a bird watcher’s paradise. Tourists coming to Thol enjoy watching Crake bird during the Indian winters.
More than 200 types of birds mainly waterfowl inhabit this lake and come from as far as Siberia. Thol in Gujarat is a bird watcher’s paradise, one can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, various species of bitterns, grebes etc in the lake. Best time to visit Thol is in winter between November to February. However, migratory birds starts arriving in October and stay until April but their population reaches its peak in mid winter. Best time to see the birds is early in the morning and in the evening.
Thol Lake is an artificial lake near Thol village in Kalol area of Mehsana District in Gujarat, India. It is a reservoir made for irrigation in 1912. It is a fresh water lake same as Nalsarovar and is a marshland. Thol is a Bird Sanctuary since the year of 1988.