India - Gurgaon - Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

We had one extra day in Gurgaon (a business city just to the south of Delhi) before heading out on our holiday around India's Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur).  We decided to spend the day at the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary.  I knew we were in for a treat when we pulled up in the parking lot and saw monkeys cavorting all over a delivery truck. There was even a monkey sitting in the driver's seat!.
This little guy was trying to make friends at the ticket window but we decided to keep a safe distance. Monkeys are fascinating and cute but also can carry rabies.
We entered the park and climbed three flights of steps up an observation tower.  We spotted all kinds of birds on the lake in the center of the park.
We followed the path in a loop around the lake.
Signs (some in a state of disrepair) called out the types of birds we could expect to see. We were also treated to some inspirational quotes peppered around the sanctuary.  For example, Nature provides a free lunch but only if we control our appetites.
The trail ebbed and flowed to and from the water.
We spotted a good number of happily grazing cattle on the property.
The path was generally dry and dusty with some stalwart trees alongside.
We spotted some hawks soaring overhead.  We were happy we'd brought our binoculars. We just wish they had a camera attached!
Some people seemed to be there on a package photo tour and had enormous cameras.  They must have captured some amazing close-ups of the birds.
I did manage to capture one bright green parrot nibbling on the leaves of a lush tree.
The cows stood very close to the path minding their own business.
We passed a stretch of marsh with blooming algae.
Sandpipers raced about in the shallow water.
As we completed our 360 degree circuit of the lake, we looked up and spotted a family of monkeys in the trees above. They seemed to be wishing us well.

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