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Cuckoo, cuckoo

Common or also called Eurasian Cuckoo, that visit us in summer is known as a very active and vocal birds. They inhabits, during their stay, the farmlands, green patches of forest in Urban, Suburban and forest around. They are easily recognisable with their plumage of dark, grey, blue with black and white barring on the breast as adult male and female blue, reddish and also has strong and beautiful call Cuckoo, cuckoo, some time repetitive. As they lay eggs of other birds, they are seen chased by many other species of birds like Drongos and Crow.

On my recent escape of lockdown, nearby, I managed to get up close of it and other birds, that was wonderful.

Common Cuckoo
Red-rumped Swallow

Northern Pintail

Bird of the day!

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) is सुइरोपुछ्रे in Nepali!

It was good to see this duck after some 5/6 years gap in Kathmandu valley (for me), when most of migratory birds that winter in Nepal, has left for their breeding grounds. These beautiful visitors are constantly facing a severe challenge to be around due to fast urbanisation and habitat loss. We, unfortunately seeing or recording less and less as they have declined in their numbers. Though we are still lucky to see them even in small numbers. Today (20 March 2021) on my birding, recorded this single male Northern Pintail at Tau Dah (small lake in Kathmandu valley)

It’s time to welcome summer visiting birds already!

Northern Pintail @Taudah_vtm
Northern Pintail @Taudah_vtm

Forktail

Birds are the greatest gift of nature! They make our our world so meaningful and beautiful and has been helping us in many ways.

In Nepal we have 4 species of Forktail. Here’s some pictures of these beautiful birds that are a part of our healthy ecosystem. They are the indicator species. They are amazing birds. Sharing the pictures of 3 species only, that I managed to photograph them recently.

Little Forktail

Let them fly free and be around us!

Slaty-backed Forktail
Spotted Forktail

Love them and protect them! And it’s our responsibility to let them share this world equally.

Wetlands and Water!

Today on, “World Wetland Day 2021” I would like to share most of out wetlands of Nepal, located on the lowlands and highland, on the lap of mountains in the country.

Gokyo Lake @ 4700m, (Everest area of Nepal)
Lake Rara @3000m, the biggest lake of the country, in the west Nepal
Panch Pokhari @4100, in Sindhupalchok
Taudah in Kathmandu (1400m)
Gosainkund Lake @4400m, in Rasuwa
Bhairav Kund @4250m, in Sindhupalchok
Phewa lake @ 930m, in Pokhara
Phewa lake @ 930m, in Pokhara
Tsho Rolpa glacier lake @4600m, in Dolakha
Khair lake @4600m, in Myagdi

Urban Birds

Among two migration season – summer and winter for birds, winter is the best season when, we get many migratory birds that winters, pass by and make short stay around. These birds travel to Nepal from as far as Siberia and some travel further south from Nepal.

We have been doing our winter Urban Bird and Water Birds Count. Here’s the picture of some of the birds from Urban bird Count in Kathmandu valley. Just few common species and we hope to keep them as common- saying keep common birds common!

Blue-fronted Redstart
Green-backed Tit
Black-chinned Babbler
Himalayan Buzzard
White-throated Kingfisher
Long-tailed Shrike
Black Drongo

Winter morning

Winter here in this part of the world is almost halfway through. It’s a beautiful season for many things. However, its very hard on some people and some time not easy to get out in the early morning to work.

Kathmandu usually gets good amount of sun in the day time in compared to many other parts of the country. It’s just since last few days, we are having a different weather that is not so comfortable even in the day time.

Terai or lowlands of the country are experiencing the heart-aching cold morning and some time even whole day as it completely remains heavily fogged. Here’s some picture depicting this season here…

Chitwan
Fogy sunrise
Driving through the road in winter
Morning walker at Pashupati forest in Kathmandu
Beautiful foggy sunrise