Rama is a forested hill resort in Gilgit Baltistan’s Astore District. Rama Lake is a couple of hours trek from here. This pond was found in the surrounding forest, on the way back from the lake.
Covered in pine needles, it made for quite a soothing sight.
A Blue-and-yellow macaw smiles wickedly at the biggest bird park in Pakistan.
Lakeview Bird Park is located next to Rawal Lake on the outskirts of Islamabad and is home to numerous species of birds.
Islamabad’s Lakeview Park is home to an aviary, the biggest in Pakistan, that contains a wide variety of birds. One of these is the Eurasian collared dove, pictured here:
These beautiful birds make up just a fraction of the species within the bird park.
The Lal Suhanra National Park is located near the city of Bahawalpur and offers a chance to see some amazing wildlife, up close. The park is home to a pair of Indian rhinoceros (greater one-horned rhinoceros) that were given by Nepal in 1983. The couple has yet to produce an offspring.
The Indian rhinoceros differs in many ways from other major rhino species, such as the Black rhino or the more common White rhino. For one, while most other species are two-horned, it has a single horn. Also, its skin folds down into an armor-like cover with distinct bumps across the legs and shoulders.
Seeing the rhino up close was quite an experience. Its characteristic horn, ears and thick hide made me think of a triceratops and what it must have looked like all those millions of years ago.
The Indian rhino is a vulnerable species. Once spread across south asia, it is now found in small pockets and in captivity. We have already lost the West African Black Rhino which was declared extinct in 2011. I hope conservation efforts pay off and we manage to preserve remaining species such as this.
This was one of the first shots from my new 5D Mark III that gave that satisfying feel. Taken on November 11th, 2012, at Mushkpuri Top, Ayubia National Park (Murree).
(Taken on November 7th, 2010, at Rawal Lake, Islamabad.)
(Taken on May 29th, 2010, 7:19pm, at Simly Dam, Islamabad)