North India Birding: Colorful pheasants and simple peasants
425 species in a week!
That’s right, you can actually look forward to spotting and photographing so many bird species on the North India Birding Tour.
These include a variety of pheasants across the Himalayas.
Colourful plumage, gleaming feathers, flourishing tailsâ€¦these are just some of the features common to a variety of pheasants, who are common yet elusive birds in the Himalayas. In fact, bird watchers often have to wait to hear the mating calls of these birds and then wait even more for these birds to step out of the bushes and shrubs.
The Koklass, Monal, Western Tragopan, White crested Khaleej and Cheer are some of the pheasant species to look out for.
And who knows, while waiting for the almost monogamous Koklass or Cheer, you might spot the Himalayan Quail, a bird that went extinct over 140 years ago. Many extinct species have been known to make surprising and pleasing comebacks.
Starting from Delhi, a good itinerary covers the Corbett National park and Pangot in the Himalayas, and then, Agra, Chambal and Rajasthan in the plains. Besides the birds, one can also catch a mind blowing variety of vegetation and wild animals along the many streams, lakes and water falls.
Of course, for many city people, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with the local communities, enjoy local cuisines and participate in their traditions and festivals. One thing that invariably touches everyone is the simplicity of these people.
So if you are planning to get on board a birding tour in North India or anywhere for that matter, do make sure that the tour operator has the required infrastructure of in house birding and wildlife experts and drivers who know the terrain very well.
A good company will also ensure that you get good hides to photograph birds. It will also make environment protection a part its ethos and actively contribute to the efforts of conservation agencies like the World Wildlife Fund.