31st October 2019:
The participants were picked up from Dimapur Airport in the noon and we had lunch at Bamboosa Express. Due to landslide between Chumukhedima-Medziphema road; we took the dtour via Jalukie and it took 5 hours and 30 minutes to reach to Khonoma. However, on the way we did little birding and saw flock of Dark-rumped Swift and Amur Falcon. There were around 40 Amur Falcon we counted in Jalukie plains.
1st November 2019:
In the morning session, we explored a little near Shikakae Park and later we drove out for Pangti. In the morning session just near the parking lot area, we had good time with Mountain Bamboo Partridge flock. Later we moved out around 9 AM after breakfast. It took 4-5 hours to reach to Doyang Bridge. Though we had plan for bird photography, but due to embargo from administration we were allowed for bird watching only. Amur Falcon was seen in handsome figures, though we couldn’t visit roosting site.
2nd November 2019:
Green-billed Malkoha, Black-throated Prinia, Pin-striped Tit-babbler were seen on the north side of Doyang Bridge. Today also Amur Falcons were seen in multiple areas across the hydro project area. After crossing Doyang bridge, we stopped for a while and found Little Spiderhunter, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Palm Swifts etc. We had a long way to drive back to Khonoma.
3rd November 2019:
Today we explored full day n Khonoma. In the morning session we covered KNCTS (Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary) and Sikhakae complex. Striated Bulbul, Golden-throated Barbet, Long-tailed Minivet etc. Crested Finchbill and Gray Sibia were in fairly good numbes. In the afternoon, Rusty-capped Fulvetta, Liocichla etc were seen near the alder forest patch in south-east of the village. One Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler also appeared, but it was too dark to photograph it. We got the species in next few sessions.
4th November 2019:
The day started with sighting of a Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler for long duration. Though I have came across Rufous-necked Laughingthrush multiple times, but this morning I could photograph them for the first time from this state. Later we came across Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Gray-crowned Warbler etc. A Besra perched on a tree top for a while and vanished as soon as we lifeted our camera. This showed too much skittishness for a raptor. Northern Tree Shrew was a lovely mammalian addition in the end of the trail. In the afternoon, we moved to Dzuleke village around the paddy field area. Striped Laughingthrush, Rufesent Prinia etc were seen commonly.
5th November 2019:
Next day, we planned to revisit the same area as we did in the previous afternoon. Close by sighting of Mountain Bamboo Prtridges, Daurian Redstart, Rufous-capped Fulvetta is must mention from the morning session. In addition to it, sighting of Chestnut Bunting was spectacular. Every year in October-November this bird is expected from this village and Dzulekie is one of the best places it’s sighting. Our try for Spot-breasted Parrotbill was not fruitful; though we tried it for long time. A Himalayan/Common Buzzard from ‘burmanicus’ ssp was sighted in the paddyfield area. Little Bunting was there too. As the sun moved high, we returned back to home stay and resumed birding again in the afternoon near Khonoma view point. Blyth’s Shrike-babbler and Orange-bellied Leafbird were there.
6th November 2019:
We didn’t do any birding today and drove directly to Dimapur.
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.”
His love for tigers is unfathomable. The books of Sir Jim Corbett and of course the wanderlust always made him yearn to be at one with nature, the very thought of observing and photographing the majestic Bengal tigers “filled up his senses like a storm in the desert”, the burning eyes of the majestic beast have lured him to leave his job as an IT professional and made him delve deep into the tangled heart of the forests and breath in the redolence of the jungles. Managing partner, Tamanud Mitra developed a strong understanding of nature and its components, first from the books of Sir Jim Corbett and then by absorbing the jungle lore in the Indian jungles over a considerable period of time, his perseverance and strong determination to walk on the path of his long cherished dream have led him into being an excellent, self-taught tiger tracker and a good enough photographer.