Monday, 3 October 2016

Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Damthang, Sikkim

A few of us went to Sikkim during the last half of September 2016 to do some monsoon birdwatching. In the normal course this is the off season for bird watchers as the weather is completely unsuitable for that activity. This is especially true for birding spots in the Eastern Himalayas. But you gain nothing by not trying your luck - and try our luck we did ending up with a satisfying bird list over the course of 5 days.

Here are a few examples of birds that we met on the trip

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Ravangla

Brown Bullfinch

Whiskered Yuhina (immature), Deu

Yellow-naped Tit                                                                                                                Rufous-bellied Niltava

Green-billed Malkoha, Mongpong

Red-faced Liocichla, Ravangla

Tickell's Thrush (immature), Ravangla

Red-billed Leiothrix

Grey-winged Blackbird (immature female), Ravangla

Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush, near Namchi (high ISO shot)

Grey Bushchat (female), Ravangla

Rufous Sibia, Ravangla

Rufous-capped Babbler, Ravangla

Blue-capped Rock Thrush (immature), Char Dham

Some other birds that we met on the trip

You can also a photo essay entitled " Photography with the Moto X Play - Monsoon trip to the Sikkim Himalayas" covering the same trip here  (

Happy viewing!