Author - Susmita Mukhopadhyay | Category - Adventure, Travel | October 31, 2009

Since my childhood days I was pretty much involved in watching birds. For me watching birds was simply to see their activities, their colors, to know the sounds of their chirp. I believe birds are the most beautiful creatures of God, and their tweets are the most pleasant sounds in the nature. If you notice them carefully, you will know how lively and beautiful they are. It seems to me that their natural colors are incomparable and unmatched. I always thought I wish I could be look good and beautiful with a dress of Parrot green color, or I wish I would have got a sari of the color of Scarlet Minivet. This was what my Bird Watching, simply to search for vibrant natural colors and listen to God owns singers. And as I grew up my interests on photography become one more vital factor for observing birds and capturing them into the frame.

But now let me disclose a truth. I never knew that there is a concept known as “Bird Watching” or “Birding” and many people spend much of time on bird watching. Many are engaged in doing research on birds and they are known as “Bird Watchers”. I never knew that many travel or tourist operators make arrangement for “Bird Watching.” These operators engage professional bird watcher to guide, help their tourists.

Now you guys must be thinking that why I have started writing on “Bird Watching”. Because this time when we (me and my hubby) visited Himalaya we met two persons “Vivek” and his driver “Bablu Bhai” who are very much learned and knowledgeable on “Bird Watching”. These are the two persons who introduced us on the concept of Birding or Bird Watching and I ended up writing a blog posts on the concept. Now let’s know what is called Bird Watching. As per the Wikipedia definition “Bird watching or birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or through a visual enhancement device like binoculars. Birding often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more readily detected and identified by ear than by eye. Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons, unlike ornithologists, who engage in the study of birds using more formal scientific methods.”

Now let me share my experiences. This time when we were crossing Binsar, Sankho asked Vivek that why Binsar is so famous? I replied back as “It is famous for birds. Here you can see rare Himalayan, north Indian birds.” Vivek and Bablu bhai agreed and told us they can help us knowing Himalayan birds in case we are interested.

Very next day on the way to Munsyari, we halted at many places simply to see rare Himalayan birds. First I saw Himalayan Woodpecker. But unfortunately it was so restless I was unable to capture any photos of it.

Next I saw the beautiful Scarlet Minivet. I saw the male Scarlet Minivet. These male species are having stunning red colored feathers with black patches. These minivets are usually found in southern Asia and their common resident is forest specially in hilly areas. I was fortunate enough to capture the following two.

 

White-capped Water-redstart was the next who was waiting for us with its beauty. Oh! God! How graceful you are! You gave me an opportunity to see this beautiful life. White-capped Water-redstart mainly found at mountain streams and rivers. Then we saw an unknown bird which looks like White-capped Water-redstart.

On the way we saw many others, being an unprofessional & novice bird watcher I was unable to capture many of them. However successfully took the snaps of Himalayan Griffon, Red Billed Blue Magpie, Whistling Thrush and Wagtail.

  • Abhijit says:

    Really feel nice to come across such a nice post.

    For Bird watching I can suggest you some places.

    1. Chitwan Forest in Nepal
    2. Jaldapara in North Bengal
    3. Pakhiralay in Sunderban (India)
    4. Buxa Tiger Reserve in BuxaDuar, North Bengal
    5. Jayanti in North Bengal
    6. Phuentsholing in Bhutan
    7. Manebhanjan en-route to Sandakphu in North Bengal
    8. Dungru in Sunderban ( In Bangladesh)

    Regards,
    Abhijit

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