The morning started with a trip to the Kosi River with the nearby Darjiya Temple we arrived early but there were already a good number of worshippers present in the make shift village, although it was mainly shops selling trinkets and food. The pilgrims bathed themselves in the clear waters of the river and they all looked to be enjoying themselves, even if they were freezing. Unfortunately downstream there were a number of people using the river for other purposes, the water looked clear enough to drink, but I don’t think I will bother.
We worked our way upstream, eventually getting views of two Ibisbill which unfortunately were on the other side of the river. Lokesh spoke to the driver who took his shoes off and rolled up his trousers and made his way gingerly through the fast flowing water “The man is a legend”. He had only just crossed when some villagers appeared with their washing and the birds flew a good way upstream!
|The camp by the river with Ibisbill habitat in front.|
|The driver re-crossing the river having completed his task.|
|White-browed Shorting (female)|
We then returned to the Temple for better views of Ibisbill we made our way upstream when another Wallcreeper flew past us and started feeding on the boulders at the rivers edge, it was incredibly difficult to pick up in the boulder field and over the next 20 minutes we had several brief sightings. It then flew off and disappeared into the distance. Lokesh announced that he thought he had heard Ibisbill, we scanned the shoreline and just across the river from where the Wallcreeper had been were the two Ibisbill. We could have had both species in our bins at the same time had we known!
|There is a Wallcreeper in this picture, it just give an ideal of how small they are.|