Naturalist's Bird Tour
Two weeks ago our naturalists organised their own trip to Koshi Wildlife Resevre 300km from our Tharu Village Lodge. Many of them had visited there before but this time they returned with a specific purpose, bird watching.
Our team of naturalists are passionate about every species found in Chitwan National Park, each of them has a mammal that they specialise in but all of them share the same enthusiasm for bird life. With over 560 species of bird found in Chitwan district they have ensured that bird life is an integral part of all of our safari experiences.
Pictured. DB Chaudhary, Bhagirath Chaudhary, Gyan Bdr Rai, Bhim Bdr Thanet, Sambhu Mahato B, Sambhu Mahato A, Bhim Kumar Chaudhary, Suk Bdr Bote.
They drove through the winding, dusty roads and after 10 hours they arrived at Koshi Camp homestay. Koshi Bird Observatory (Centre for Grassland and Wetland Studies) is world renowned for its bird life and attracts hundreds of students each year.
In the space of three days the team sighted exactly 178 species of bird, including Yellow Water Lapwing, Northern Lapwing and the Marsh Harrier. Much excitement was caused when the group spotted Knob Billed Duck, a species that had not been seen at the reserve for over a decade. The Indian Courser was another highlight, no longer found in Chitwan National Park it was a significant moment for all who witnessed it, particularly our younger naturalists.
Our Operations Manager BC Chaudhary said ‘It was a great few days. I feel privileged to have seen the Indian Spot Billed Duck and Knob Billed Duck in particular. We love wildlife and want to share our love with our guests. Tours like this only make us more excited to return to the lodge and take our guests out on safari’.
Gangentic River Dolphin, wild Watter Buffalo, Bengal Fox and Marsh Mugger Crocodiles were also spotted through the binoculars too, making for a truly wildlife rich few days.
The tour was unintentionally one day longer than planned! The bus broke down meaning the group had to stay and extra night, they didn’t mind, allowed for a few more precious hours out with the binoculars and cameras.
It’ll take weeks for the team to sort through all the hundreds of photos that they took!
Tiger Tops would like to sincerely thank Koshi Bird Observatory and Koshi Camp, provided free food, accommodation and guides to our team. An especially big thank you must go to Sarad Singh, Director General of KBO, who briefed our naturalists about importance of KBO and it’s roll for conservation.
If you are interested in bird watching in Nepal, do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. We can organise full birding tours through the National Parks and Wildlife Reserves or for those who are just discovering the passion, a bird watching walk through the village…and everything in between.
Side note – The birds sighted an highlighted as significant observations included; Swamp Francolin, Knob-billed Duck, Black-headed ibis, Lesser Adjutant, Black Stork, Lesser Kestrel, White-rumped Vulture, Pied harrier, Marsh Herrier, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Indian Thick-knee, Ibisbill, Northern Lapwing, Indian Courser, Brown-headed Gull, Bay-backed Shrike, Thick-billed Warbler, Smokey Warbler, Scally Thrush, Black-faced Bunting.