10th November 2019:
Previous night we stayed at 12KM at Dibang Valley Jungle Resort and started on next day early morning from the resort. Just behind the resort we explored for an hour and after breakfast, we headed towards Mayodia. In the morning session, Pygmy Cupwing and Snowy-browed Flycatcher were highlight. For the rest of the day we explored below Mayodia and overnight stayed at coffee House. On our way up, Mountain Tailorbird, Long-tailed Sibia, Rufous-backed Sibia oblidged us and we had glimpse of Chevronbreasted Babbler.
11th November 2019:
Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Beautiful Sibia, Streak-throated Barwing, Manipur Fulvetta, Myzornis etc are some of the highlights for today. In the evening, Gray-headed Flying Squirrel was bonus. We tried for Himalayan Wood Owl that day, but didn't see the bird.
12th November 2019:
Morning was a big bang. We had exclusive sighting of Sclater's Monal male. Himalayan Bluetail, Ludlow's Fulvetta, Rufous-capped Babbler, Yellow-cheeked Tits were seen little ahead of Maya Hotel. Gould's Shortwing was a brilliant bird too. Mishmi Wren Babbler aka Rusty-throated Wren Babbler was highlight from afternoon birding. Black-throated Parrotbill and Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler were sighted little ahead of coffee house. Today also we tried for Himalayan Wood Owl near Mayodia pass, but couldn't see the bird there.
13th November 2019:
Just like the previous day, we tried for Sclater's Monal in the morning session for the male of the species. Today our luck prevailed for female of species. We saw the bird for nearly half an hour. Later that day we spent near 65 KM and Hunli and found multiple mixed flocks we came across. Unlike previous attempts, our luck favored for Himalayan Owl sighting in the evening.
14th February 2019:
Today was the last morning session we could spend in Mishmi hills. Almost our entire target bagged, we started driving down after breakfast. Mishmi Takin - a rarely seen mammal was highlight species for the tour, we saw today. Little below near Tiwarigaon, Eye-browed Wren Babbler and Spotted Elachura was seen. However, Long-billed Wren Babbler never appeared in open. Afternoon session, had a bang with photographs of Spot-throated Babbler. We stayed overnight at Mishmi Eco Camp and continued our tour for next few days to explore Walong in Anjaw district.
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.