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Bird Photography in North India

By Nelson Khor

The " Curry Country ", is the trip which most travel far for me for Bird Photography, 1st we still worry about the local food but end out we are love it, special the local curry and the Kingfisher beer. We spend lot of time to plan this trip for choosier the good agent, reason is we need to find good response, responsible and know what we want as Bird Photographer.

New Delhi is the capital city of India, also it is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and has a total population of nearing three hundred thousand residents. New Delhi is one of the world’s top global cities. Also New Delhi is the most expensive city in India for expatriates in terms of cost of living. New Delhi is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and is home to numerous national institutions, museums and landmarks.

These places have lot of beautiful landscape and also the colder place during our trip.

Day 1, Penang > Kuala Lumpur > New Delhi
Mostly whole day in Airport/Flight and arrive at New Delhi about Local Time 9:30pm (India is early 2.5 hours) a tire day, we met the local agent and direct transfer to hotel without dinner, the hotel is near to the air port, 1st day all of us is well sleep.

Day 2, New Delhi to Corbett National Park
Morning after breakfast we need drive to Corbett National Park for about 260 km. It take us about 8 hours on the road, this 8 hours will not feel tire for us but have good experience, from the road seeing, we can see and feel how the local people life style and how their stay, the environmentally will be bit dirty after leave New Delhi city.
We find one interest habit in India, the driver here when driving is very like to press the car horn, the horn is very loud, they can horn from the beginning until end, reason the traffic there is bit mess up.
We see lot of Black Kate in new Delhi, all of them is round from at the sky for searching the food.
We reach at out side Corbett National Park, today we will stay here, only entry to the Park tomorrow afternoon. Today our bird photography begin at nearby resort.

Street photography from Car

Pied Kingfisher

Plumbeous Water Redstart

White Browed Wagtail

White Capped Water Redstart

White Throated Kingfisher

Day 3,4 and 5, Jim Corbett National Park
Named after the hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment—is the oldest national park in India. The park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand the park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India, the secure survival of which is the main objective of Project Tiger, an Indian wildlife protection initiative. You can find 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species in the Park.
The Jim Corbett National Park is a haven for the adventure seekers and wildlife adventure lovers alike. Corbett National Park is India's first national park which comprises 520.8 km2. area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 feet (400 m) to 4,000 feet (1,200 m). Winter nights in Corbett national park are cold but the days are bright and sunny.
The next few days we transfer to 4x4 wheel car and stay overnight inside the National park, most of time we at safari drive inside the jungle trail and one elephant ride during the stay at Corbett, the elephant ride is go inside the deep jungle without trail to find the Tiger, unfortunately we only manage to see the Tiger leave over food and the “ output “, this is the good experience and unforgettable trip for me.

Black Rumped Flameback

Blue Whistling Thrush

Brown Fish Owl

Brown Rockchat

Fulvous Breasted Woodpecker

Grey Backed Shrike

Grey Bushchat

Himalayan Bulbul

Jungle Babbler

Jungle Owlet

Long Billed Thrush

Long Tailed Shrike

Red Headed Vulture

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Whiskered Bulbul

River Lapwing

Tawny Fish Owl

White Wagtail

Yellow Crowned Woodpecker

Rhesus Macaque

Day 6, Pangot
We reach Pangot at afternoon after 4 hours drive
Pangot is small village about 15 kilometers from Nainital, a famous Indian hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Chena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are excellent birding spots. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including wild life. The main attraction of Pangot are its birds. Very rare varieties of birds are found in this part of the Himalayas.

Black Headed Jay

Streaked Laughingthrush

Striated Prinia

White Throated Laughingthrush

Yellow Breasted Greenfinch

Slaty Headed Parakeet

Gray langurs

Day 7,8 and 9, Nainital
Nainital is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital District in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 metres (6,358 ft) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina (2,615 m (8,579 ft)) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m (7,999 ft)) on the west, and Ayarpatha (2,278 m (7,474 ft)) on the south. From the tops of the higher peaks, "magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.

Black Chinned Babbler

Blue Capped Redstart

Blue Throated Barbet

Brown Dipper

Brown Fronted Woodpecker

Great Barbet

Green Backed Tit

Grey Breasted Prinia

Grey Wagtail

House Sparrow

Oriental White eye

Rufous Chinned Laughingthrush

Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler

Siberian Stonechat

Spotted Forktail

Steppe Eagle

White Capped Bunting

Night life and a cold night

Day 10, Nainital > Okhla Bird Park > New Delhi International Air Port
Early morning after breakfast drive to Okhla Bird Park at New Delhi, it takes 7 hours or 350 km, this is the last place for bird photography. The Okhla Bird Park is right on the Yamuna River between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the south-eastern end of Delhi on one side and the western boundary of NOIDA.
With Yamuna River being on the route of Migratory Birds and providing large space with suitable habitat on its both banks and suitable food in plenty, the birds had been using this area as a staging post for their migration both ways during the winter.
Over Three hundred species of birds (out of about 450 species recorded for Delhi and around Delhi) can be spotted here. The spot is good for birding throughout the year, though best season is during September-March for Winter Migratory Birds.

Red Avadavat

End of Trip
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