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.
Langtang 7200m high mountain peak is probably the nearest Himalayan beauty from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. We do also see many other Himalayan peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himalayan range, Gaurishankar and Annapurna in the west and even mount Everest in the east on a clear day. Since last month the sky has been very clear and we have been very lucky to see this beautiful view around with many Himalayan peaks from different nooks and corners of Kathmandu valley. Oct and Nov are the months that is known for settled weather and spectacular mountain views in Nepal. No wonder these are busiest season of tourists till last year and hope will be again from next year onwards. Mountain will be always there and amazing!
Here’s this mountain seen from Kathmandu in different time.
This is the bird that I managed to photograph yesterday that looked different due to its white patch on the head, an unusual plumage- unique Drongo. The bird is glossy black with long and fork tail. The adult bird has white spot on the base of gape and below the eye, one of the field mark to separate with other drongo species.
This is the bird of open country and farmland and can be called a friends of farmers as they help feeding on pests on the farms. They are also very bold and aggressive (though I am not in favour of using this word for this beautiful bird) as they can chase off much large birds of prey such as eagle and vultures and hence got its name as a kingcrow too, probably this reason.
What ever, just love them seeing around, chasing other big birds, mimicking some raptor. I love them seeing in the farmland or forest catching the insect in the air, when there is fire in that area, a clever bird indeed
Birds has already started the epic journey to their wintering grounds mainly to the southern hemisphere guided by their natural instinct. At the same time, a very know fact to avoid the harsh cold climate. And this is an amazing and still mysterious event, how and why, they have to do this every season. Weather, food and climate is understandable but there are still lot to learn about their journey.
Anyway, it’s so wonderful to have them back here and really looking forward to see them again even though every year they are facing more and more challenges to have their habitat intact and they have to adjust with whatever if they can or simply move on- harsh reality, that we human are causing sadly.
Now in Kathmandu valley we have already seen numerous shorebirds flying in. Some were here briefly and already gone (vagrant sp.) Some stays longer and some will be around for the whole winter period. More will be arriving soon, specially Ducks and many other species.
Here’s some of the early migrants. Seeing them around is definitely a great joy and moments for me and all the nature and bird lovers.
The present situation does not allow us to travel freely and even the recent easing off lockdown still not make it easy to travel in Nepal. However, I have been enjoying out in nature nearby. Recently I managed to join our official team little far, for our nature and adventure activity. It was so nice, refreshing and wonderful to be out there, even though just three hours with one night out camping by the riverside, in the nature. I enjoyed the trip thoroughly taken after 8 month later. It was rejuvenating feeling!
The rafting with safety Kayakers, down the mighty Sunkoshi river, that is still known as world class river for white water rafting. It’s an adrenaline rush for adventure seekers. Though this is still a monsoon season and the water level is high with large water, is with extremely strong waves. We did a short lower section, that was also very enjoyable and adventurous. Riding the high and fast water waves and pristine surrounding with lush and green forest on the side added even more fun and value on our trip with birds flying around. And we were lucky with the weather that stayed dry most of our time.
At the same time I enjoyed exploring the birds by the riverside (next morning)and near the forest of our camping area. A pair of Woolly-necked Stork was the highlight, that was seen soaring down the river bank in a distance. And Purple Sunbird and Common Birdwing butterfly were great.
Blue-throated Barbet Psilopogon asiaticus is called Kuthurke in Nepal, is a striking green bird with blue throat and red crown. So far it is seen and heard common and almost every birding trip, we do not miss it. Picture may be not very justifiable how beautiful it is and seeing with naked eye is a sheer joy of birdwatching for me. An Asian species, inhabits urban and suburban and forest and feeds on mainly fruits such as figs and other. Here’s couple of picture that I took on my recent walk out, not far as the lock is still preventing me to go far but was great to be out even it was just nearby in a small place.
Other day just found this beautiful birds, building their nest, that was amazing sight to sit and watch. Nesi building of this bird – Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) in Nepali is called तोपचरा is an wonderful sight. They build their overhanging nest with a great skill that can take some 18-20 days and need to make many hundreds of trips to collect the materials, that consist of grasses mainly.
A Sparrow sized bird, that are also similar to Sparrow in its non-breeding season. Now, in this season, the male is brightly yellow in their head and front with back mask and female gye and yellowish. Here’s few pictures of this bird, that I managed to capture to share in okay form but not very sharp. Sure some day I will get better images.
Walking in nature is never a disappointment as there is always for something for everyone. There’s always beautiful birds, colourful insects, butterfly and one of the most eye catching beauty of nature are the beautiful blooms of the different species of flowers, that is so wonderful to enjoy.
Here’s some flower pictures of my lockdown nearby. Explore yourself!
Blue-throated Barbet, a beautiful and easily recognizable with its bright green plumage with read head and blue throat is a common bird around. Often hear as…Kuturk kuthurk and its called Kuthurke in Nepali. It also heard more often than seen as it goes into remains into the foliage.