The hill state of Uttarakhand is home to some of the most diverse flora and fauna in India. Birdwatchers in particular flock here to capture some of the most beautiful birds that call the state home, or visit during the seasons. We spent some time in its grasslands, foothills and valleys tracking down these birds, and boy what a wonderful experience it was. Sharing a few images from the trip…
Found in the same feeding grounds is the White Capped Water Redstart (Phoenicurus leucocephalus), and it is easy to see why it got its name. The two sexes are alike, apart from the fact that the male has a bigger white patch on the head.
Away from the water, we came across these beautiful Green Tailed Sunbirds (Aethopyga nipalensis). Distant relatives of the hummingbirds, this species too tends to feed mostly on nectar. The male has an irridescent blue head, while the female has much duller plumage.
Closing off with one of my most favorite birds – the Wall Creeper (Tichodroma muraria). It is the only species of its genus and its widely distributed across Europe and Asia. While mostly hidden when folded, its crimson wings are a sight to behold when spread.
Acknowledgments – Many thanks to the wonderful staff and naturalists Sanjay and Vimal at The Wild Heritage. And also to Rashi and Joydeep at The Back of Beyond for being such lovely hosts. Thanks for sharing your world and knowledge with us.