Covering an area of 507 square kilometer in Nepal foothills, Bardiya National Park is a very important bio-geographic zone. This National park harbours a very good habitat of Tiger. Alongside, during our tour in this park we listed 180 different birds in just 4 days.
Route Taken: Lucknow, Bahraich, Rupaidiha, Nepalgunj, Kohalpur, Thakurdwara
P.S. Stay arrangements were in resort.
Driving: 810 km
Hiking: 18 km
Top Ten birds from this tour:
Daily Travel Log:
8th December 2018:
We were supposed to start at 6 AM in the morning. However, due to delay in flight, we arrived late at Lucknow at 8 AM in the morning. There after we moved out of airport, where an Indian numbered vehicle (Scorpio) was waiting for us. After our pick up from airport, we headed towards Jind Bazar near Gomtinagar at Mint Elite Hotel to pick up another participant. Later near ‘Pick up Bhawan’ at ‘Madhurima Restaurant’ we had wonderful breakfast. On our way to Rupaidiha, we saw Indian Grey Hornbill, Black-shouldered Kite, Indian Roller, couple of Jungle Myna / Common Myna beside road. Later we saw Stilts, White Wagtail, Barn Swallows, Intermediate Egret and Green Sandpiper. Around 1 PM we reached at Rupaidiha, where we switched to Nepal numbered vehicle, in a Maruti Omni vehicle. In this town, near the police station, we stopped for a while for getting entry permit for Nepal. After crossing border, we stopped at Nepalgaunge for lunch at Namaste Village Resort and had regular Indian cuisine – Fried Rice, Roti etc. At the lunch place itself, we spotted an Egyptian Vulture. Just behind the parking area, a flock of Chestnut-shouldered Petronia was seen as well. Since we had a long way to drive, we didn’t stop on our way till we arrived at Babai. A pair of Grey Heron, huge flock of Great Cormorant returning back to roosting site was seen. Apart from that, a White-capped Redstart was seen at the dam bank. We spotted nearly 8 different individual Gharials – both male and female. It became dark all on a sudden and we drove towards Thakurdwara village. Around 6:30 PM we checked in at Tharu Resort. Sooner we came to know about yesterday’s sighting of tiger from an USA visitor. After having dinner at 8 PM, we rested for the day and made us prepared for the next day.
9th December 2018:
We started around 6:45 AM from Tharu Home Resort (THR) in Thakurdara and drove towards the park. After crossing the main gate we reached to the Army check post (next to crocodile breeding center) for entry. A Blyth’s Leaf Warbler was sighted in a nearby tree. We drove through woodland to Lamkoili Phanta *, here in a tree we saw six Himalayan Vultures. In the grassland area – Red Avadawat, Zitting Cisticola, Crested Bunting, Plum-headed and Alexandrine Parakeets kept us busy for nearly 1 hour. Then we moved to Khodaotal, where a Brown Fish Owl was sighted. This bird was waiting for fishes to arrive on Tal surface. Nearly 10 minutes was a quality time spent with the bird and we drove to Dhaneshtal, where a pair of White-rumped Shama gave us nice photo opportunity. Before we had lunch that day, we checked a nearby waterhole – Kamaltal. However, that place was very silent. Though the place was regularly spray marked. Tiger scat was seen as well. At Tented Camp, We had lunch. Just opposite to the river bank a Hog Deer was seen. After lunch we walked alongside Dhungey Khola for nearly 2 kms in search of tiger and other wildlife, but we came back empty handed. We drove back through Balcony – Laguna Machan – Gairamachan area. In the afternoon session, White-bellied Drongo, Scaly-bellied Woodpecker, Alexandrine Parakeet, Jungle Owlet, Common Greenshank, Brown-headed Barbet are few we saw during jungle walks and from our drive. Baghora and Barasingha machan near dam was good site as well for birding. By 5:30 we were in park check-post and came to resort by 5:45. Today also dinner was taken early (at 8 PM) and rested for the day by 9 PM.
10th December 2018:
We had two more full days in our hand to explore Bardiya. Rajan dai, asked us to go for a jungle walk for better understandibity of the forest. We covered almost 9 kms on foot till lunch. The hiking route we took was on the left side track of the park (alongside Karnali nadi). We started at around 6:30 AM in the morning after having heavy morning breakfast from the resort. Till the park entrance we were dropped. Beside Rhino Rescue Centre following the path left of the campus, we crossed the river via log bridge in Khaura Phanta *. A flock of Pin-striped Tit-babbler kept us busy. We continued through grassland path, where juvenile of a Crested Hawk Eagle was seen perched high up on our left on a dead tree branch. Some places inside was very pristine and untouched, especially in Sal forest woodland area (Hathi Machan Post) with secondary scrub growth. Yellow-eyed Babbler, Verditer Flc, Small Minivet etc were seen in the patch. Little later we entered in a fern bush thicket area in lower Kingfisher. Throughout kingfisher area, bird life was very thin. In the last part of the walk we covered Bagh Machan – Tinkune – Katthas – Sal ko rukh area. In Saal ko rukh area we had Rhino sighting. It was no doubt a trilling experience for us to see and track Rhino on foot. For the long time, nearly 30 minutes we tracked the foot pad mark of Rhino (from Kattas area), all on a sudden near the river bank something very big moved into deeper jungle and we could hear our heart bit. Though thick foliage, somehow we managed to take some snaps and couldn’t approach more towards the mammal. Since, if alerted it may charge us back. After Rhino photography, we crossed icy cold khaula Khola on foot and reach at Katthas. After the long walk we were very hungry and halted for lunch. At the same point, our vehicle was waiting for us. After having a heavy lunch we drove to Barasinga machan. The entire game track was full of fresh pug marks, it was most likely that the tiger has moved to the grass patch on our right. We tried to find out its movement, but it was lost. Our chance of sighting was dimming fast. However, on our way back, we saw birds as follows – Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Himalayan Goldenback and Oriental Pied Hornbill. In the last hour we tried to track tiger in new JBS camp as well, but came empty handed. Black-backed Forktail was the last bird we sighted on our way back, after having a cup of tea. After coming back from jungle, we spent a little time in Crocodile breeding centre. We came back to resort by 5:30 PM.
11th December 2018:
Today we were very much determined for tiger. Other days, we opted more for bird watching. Early in the morning at 7 AM, we started on a chilly winter morning. Sooner, after crossing the army check post area, we checked few areas near Khaura Phanta *. A Dusky Warbler was seen on the other side of the bank. Again we were on our gypsy and took right side track towards Lamkoili Phanta *. Just near Gobrela Chowk, spotting a herd of Deer, Rajan told Syanu to stop vehicle. Just after 5 seconds, a huge male tiger appeared on road. We couldn’t believe our eyes – that we were actually experiencing a tiger in Bardiya. The sighting went on nearly half a minute, while the male walked towards us – head on, after that it moved into the jungle patch. We tried our best to find it out for the next 2 hours, but no trace of it was found. After 9 AM we drove through a mixed montane forest near Motipur area. Nuthatches, Spangled Drongo, Cuckoo-shrike etc were seen in this patch. This jungle track, little later joins with national highway and we drove towards Chisopani check-post area for nearly an hour. We took a right side ally, which leads to jungle, into the hills. This forest patch was unexplored for Rajan as well. Here we decided to spend few hours. Black-naped Monarch, Besra, two types of Fantail etc were seen in this area. After
having heavy lunch with local chicken and rice, we drove back the same we were in. Inside the park, via Lalmati – Dhungey Khola we came back. Lagumna Machan is the area where we saw Rufous Woodpecker, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Flamebacks etc. We tried for tiger again near Old JBS where Rajan climbed on the tree to check other side of the bank; but we came empty handed. Tickle tree was fun to see near Gaide Khola area. In the late afternoon, we check souvenir shops and bought some lapel pins. Around 6:30 PM that day, we were back to our resort. We celebrated the day, with others for tiger sighting in the morning.
12th December 2018:
As planned our vehicle to Rupaidiha arrived at 6:30 AM in the morning. Around 7 AM we checked out of Tharu Home Resort, we stopped for a while near Pareba Oral for water birds and Crocodiles. We missed Ghariyal in the morning, but saw few mugger Crocs on the shallows. Crested Kingfisher, 3 pied Kingfishers; an Indian Peafowl was seen from the dam area. A huge flock of Golden Mahaseer was seen as well, on the lower side of the dam. Later around 8 AM we crossed Kanchanpur and reached at Barhaiya Lake around 9 AM. For nearly one hour, we spent around water bodies and added more than 35 species. At 10 AM we packed our lens and directly drove to Nepalgaunge, where we had a very nice lunch at Siddharth Hotel. After reaching Rupaidiha again, we switched to an Indian vehicle; here we had to bid Rajan. From Rupaidiha (at 1 PM) we came to Lucknow airport at 4:15 PM. The tour ended on very good notes.
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A loveless life is futile and what could be more satisfying than loving and being loved by nature? Well, this is for you to decide but he always knew that he belonged with nature. At a very tender age he clearly realised that he is increasingly attracted to nature. The constant longing to get away from the city humdrum guided managing partner, Dibyendu to take up birding and wildlife photography as his profession, working in an IT company could never satisfy the hunger of his soul and mind. A very young Dibyendu took interest in animal skull craft for it used to be his favourite pastime, he read his mother’s zoology books which made his interest in animals grow stronger . His love for wildlife groomed him to grow up into a wildlife enthusiast, he is now an avid traveler and has been to many important birding areas in the Himalayas, honing his skills as a naturalist, birder and a wildlife photographer.
With a huge bird list (which is ever increasing) till date he is currently one of the eminent bird watchers in India. Many of his works have been published in domestic and international publishings, books and newspapers.
Breathing life into the frozen moments of nature is what Soumyajit has been doing through his lenses for the last two decades. Trained as an architect, framing comes to him automatically and composition is his high plus point. Given his early schooling in art & painting, the basic concepts of composition and light always titillated his young brain. Being a self taught he strongly believes in the inherent sense of beauty which at all times, is the best guide than the bookish rules of photography. And he got ample opportunities to cross check his concepts with visiting stalwarts of this field. He valued the criticism of professionals as well as laymen and shaped his creativity accordingly. His photographs strike the very chord in the hearts of his audience urging them to react to the strong messages of nature conservation.
Soumyajit had been long drawn by the mystic world of animals and their natural habitat, the jungle. Coupled with this love for nature and unending patience he makes the right individual to practice wildlife photography. The photographs clicked by him play an integral part in altering the monstrosity of the creatures and highlighting their vulnerability.
Soumyajit is currently whetting his tiger tracking skills especially in the Indian Sunderban, exploring the enigmatic mangroves in a whole new light and bringing the wildlife lovers one step closer to the exotic species of Indian Sunderban not only this but also he shares his knowledge with the clients to ensure that they understand better and the awareness is propagated properly. Having said this, it is needless to mention that not only the tigers of Sunderban, Soumyajit’s erudition about other species of the land of Sundari trees is no doubt remarkable for he has acquired such extensive understanding by spending substantial amount of time in the mysterious mangroves, thus playing a key role in rebuilding the forests and providing protection to its inhabitants.
“Love looks not with the eyes, But with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
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