On the evening of 12th February 2013, I was birding in a rocky area near the Chhari-Dhand bird conservation area in the famed Banni grasslands of Kutch. After seeing an eyeshine near a small bush, I spotted a small cat was sitting on a rock. I took some images of the wild cat. The cat was quite small (compared to the jungle cats common in the area) with a long tail and a white belly.
Experts later identified the cat as a Rusty-spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) one of the world’s smallest wild cats. Being the first sighting from Kutch, this is a significant range extension for the mammal.