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Birds of Himalayas - Dhanolti

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We started birding in the afternoon but soon was hit by dense fog.  The Eco park at Dhanolti looked like a nice place that would host a lot of birds.

We were not disappointed as we saw the Rock buntings and Mistle thrushes that evening.


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti

The next day we too a trek up Surkunda Devi. At a height of 9500 feet it provided a stunning view of the entire west Himalayan range.On our steep trek of 1.5 km we saw some really diverse bird life including a fleeting glance of the Himalayan Monal.


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti
The Blue fronted redstart (female), the Himalayan Woodpecker, Warblers ( Lemon rumped and Leaf), Tits, etc.



From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti




From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


Once we reached the top it was a Raptor paradise. We saw the Mountain hawk eagle, one being chased by a common Kestrel, an arm's length view of the Eurasian Griffon and the Himalayan Griffon.


From 2011 Nov Pango…

Birds of Himalayas- Saat Taal

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If Pangot was a birder's paradise, Saat Taal was no less.

This was my 3rd visit to Saat Taal and every time I have been surprised with the diversity I get to see. The evening we reached we saw the beautiful Leothrix ( not a good shot)


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


On our way we saw the White capped and Plumbous Redstart near a stream.


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti

 On our way to one of the seven lakes ( Hanuman Taal if I remember right) we saw Buzzards and the amazingly big Fish owl


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti

Next day morning we took a route through the forest. A Grey headed Woodpecker greeted us


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


The morning walk was really eventful a we saw countless Parakeets, Barbets, Minivets, Bar winged flycatcher, Greater Yellow Nape, Ashy bulbul


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dhanolti


From 2011 Nov Pangot, Sattal, Dh…