It was one of those trips! Endurance test, both mind and body!
Pratap Singh called. Eaglenest he said. The trip was on. Dr. Oswal joined from Delhi, Satish, Kulashekara and myself left from Bangalore, Pratap Singh and his student left from Dehradun. We all met at Guwahati on the 22nd April and proceeded to Eaglenest by road… two non-ac Bolero vehicles, the heat was on!
|Our driver from the hills!|
|Crossing the border from Assam into Arunachal Pradesh|
|Mr. Indiglow who runs the Lama Camp|
|View from my temt!|
Bar-throated Siva, Beautiful Sibia, Black-faced Warbler, Blyth's Leaf Warbler, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Common Rosefinch, Eyebrowed Wren Babbler, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Golden-naped Finch, Green-tailed Sunbird, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Little Bunting, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Red-headed Bullfinch, Rufous-backed Sibia, Rufous-capped Babbler, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Silver-eared Mesia.
On the 27th April Dr. Oswal, Satish, Kulashekara and myself drove down to Kaziranga National Park for a three nights stay. Here we stayed at the “Bonhabi Resort” and enjoyed the company of the Rhinos in the several safaris we made into the park. Bird photography was tough.
|Superb lunch at Naga Mandir on our drive down from Eaglenest|
|Rhino tourism at Kaziranga|
On the 30th April we flew back home. I had mixed feelings about this trip. One thing was sure, if you want to photograph birds at Eaglenest, and there are quite a few!, you need to spend a lot of time…flyby trips will not help much!
|Watch out for this dangerous tick! and the very painful bite of the blood sucking "Dam Dum" flies!!|