Friday, 19 February 2016

Sunday 7th February – Sattal

It was a relief that the last few days of travelling were behind us and this morning we only travelled a few miles as our birded was to take place in and around the village of Sattal.

The birds came thick and fast and it really was exceptional, highlights included Grey-backed Shrike, Black-headed Jay, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Siberian and Himalayan Rubythroat, Yellow-fronted Greenfinch, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler and numerous flycatchers.

We made our way downhill to a nature reserve where we encountered both Nepal Wren-babbler and Streak-breasted Wren-babbler and a strangle but beautiful looking Chestnut-headed Tesia.

After lunch we were royally entertained by a Scarlet Sunbird in the garden of the hotel. On the drive we passed a village where rubbish was strewn all over the place, the stream was full of plastic bottles, bags, clothing it was a really shame at apart from that the scenery was staggering. We then drove the short distance to the Keehi Temple which lay alongside a fast flowing river where some of us connected with a Brown Dipper, but for the first time the weather turned against us and it was cold with a heavy drizzle for an hour of so.

On the drive back to the hotel we passed a rubbish tip by the side of the road where Steppe Eagles were feeding, unfortunately the light was really poor but that pic hasn’t been cropped so you get an idea of how close we were.

Scarlet Sunbird
Crested Kingfisher
Steppe Eagle

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