A river that runs like a lifeline
A bird that sounds like a mellifluous tune
And forests which inspire eternal love.
There is no experience better for the heart than to be among the mountains, amidst the forests and alongside a river, watching birds day in and day out.
Once the whistling thrush and the nutcracker, the warbler and the bulbul cease their calls penetrating through the rich pine and deodar forests, there is still the gurgling music of the river to keep you company all night !
Oh and I have become a birdwatcher ! I dare say for life too. My eyes now constantly search for the blue whistling thrush or the babbler amidst the tall towering trees of hemlock or mountains of limestone.
I m indebted to you Harsha and Payal for life for passing on this incredible gift with such love, selflessness, ease and passion.
The common mynah is common no more in my eyes, there are more varieties of sparrows now than ever noticed. You know that you are an inoculated birder when the calls of the various birds that you’ve heard and seen through your trek echo and resonate in your ears long after you cease to be in the wilderness.
Bhutan and the Great Himalayan winters bring with them their own color, vibrance and texture, one that cannot just be found in its picture postcard perfect landscpaes. Scratch the surface some more, and the people, the customs, the faith ( and not to forget the birds ) all confluence to form a unique experience which is truly Bhutan. Bhutan doesnt just reveal itself in its world famous monasteries and dzongs but also in its nature trails, hikes, and treks which are a haven for the nature lover. For this I have lots to thank AndBeyond, South Asia for. They create a truly unique and customised experience, one which far transcends just the itinerary and local coordination, and hence are strongly recommended by me.
There are layman descriptions along with every bird image which will help you fall in love with them, ever so more.
For the record, list of birds spotted on this expedition are as follows:
1. White cap Redstart
2. Redstart Female
3. Russet Sparrow
4. Blue Whistling Thrush
5. Spotted Laughing Thrush
6. Common Myna
7. Black Bulbul
8. Red Vented Bulbul
9. Oriental Turtle Dove
11. Great Cormorant
12. Plumbeous Redstart
13. Wall Creeper
14. Tree Creeper
15. Long Tailed Shrike – Tri Color Race
16. River Lapwing
17. White Wagtail
18. Grey Wagtail
19. Greenback Tit
20. Grey Faced Woodpecker
21. Spotted Nutcracker
22. Ruddy Shelled Duck
23. Ibis Bill
24. Eurasian Sparrow
26. Pallas’ Gull