Nowadays when I am travelling I always keep my eyes open for birds, butterfly and moths. For Nepal, I was hoping to see some exotic birds. I did my research and knew that up in the mountains there were vultures and eagles.
Unfortunately, as it turned out, there wasn’t that many birds spotted on the trek. Maybe I was too tired to look hard. There were of course the common birds like the crow and sparrow. But common or not, I still took some of their photos including photo of what I thought was a crow. It was however only when I came back and look through the photos that I realised it was not a crow but some other bird with a yellow bill. Too big to be a myna and too high up in the mountain. Did some online search and discovered this is a Alpine Chough. That is still a species of crow but at least it is not the usual House Crow or Thick Billed Crow.
Can’t id it. Could be a Black Kite or hopefully a Steppe Eagle?
But up on the 2nd highest point of the trek, I hit paydirt! At Thorong La Pass High Camp, after a very exhausting climb, instead of resting, when the guide suggested we take a walk up to the highest point there, a few of us went. And lo and behold, a flock of this bird came. At first I thought it was some geese. They made similar sound. But a bird is a bird and so I took a few snaps while trying to crawl up the little knoll in the freezing cold and fading light. And thankfully I got an decent shot out of the lot of snaps. A Tibetan Snowcock!
Of course I didn’t know what bird it was then and with no internet connection, I had to wait until when we were at the Pokhara Airport when I chanced upon a bird guide book in one of the shop. Bingo! A rare lifer for me.
Ironically where there were no birds up in the mountain, there were more birds at Pokhara. Somewhere out in the streets, spotted a tree with many egrets on it. This is one of them. A Intermediate Egret.
Not a lot of birds but at least there was some interesting sightings so it wasn’t that bad. Consolation is – I got lot of butterfly but that is a story for another time.