In the month of February 2017, we had an announced trip to Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, which consisted of participants across India. The avid birders and bird photographers enjoyed their days with us and bagged one of the rarest beauty - Northern Long-eared Owl - Which is no doubt the one of the most sought after Owl from Oriental region.
Route Taken: New Jalpaiguri, Sevok, Rongpo, Rongli, Zuluk, Kupup, Rongli, Rongpo, New Jalpaiguri
P.S. All the Hotel and/or Resorts where we stayed were of rural homestay category
Driving Distance: 430 Kilometers.
Top five birds from this tour:
Daily travel log:
2nd February 2017:
The trip started on a good note with the sighting of Commoners like Common Green Magpies, Himalayan Bulbuls etc. Sooner sightings of Striated Laughingthrush and the sound of White-crested Laughingthrush changed the course of birding in to seriousness. Later that day, Barbets, smaller Babblers were seen, otherwise some Nepal House Martins were flying around.
3rd February 2017:
Second day, after checking out of the home stay, we drove higher up at targeted for Himalayan Monal, sooner we saw the magnificent colorful beauty and later sighted Red-billed Chough and Collared Grosbeak too, alongside White-throated Redstarts found foraging beside a Godown scrapyard (food grains). In a higher lake region at Bedang Tso Upland Buzzard was seen from far.
4th February 2017:
In that sunny weather in day three as well we saw multiple raptors, including - Himalayan Buzzard and Eurasian Sparrowhawk. In day 2 and day 3 that is on 3rd and 4th February, during the afternoon we used to visit lower altitudes - Rufous-capped babblers, Golden babblers and Grey-throated babblers were seen and photographed in a single location in a birding trail at Padamchen. Black-faced Laughingthrushes were common at higher altitudes and at mid level it was replaced by Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush. In the flock of Laughingthrush, Red-billed Leiothrix, Sivas, Minlas and Grey-headed Canary Flycachers were commonly found.
5th February 2017:
Day four i.e. 5th February 2017, was had the major highlight from the entire tour. Just after the sighting of Collared Owlet in the early morning in a dry tree we descended downhill little bit and were photographing Parrotbills, while in a pine thicket the magnificent Northern Long-eared Owl was sighted. Later the sighting report got published in Indian BIRDS journal (Indian BIRDS :: www.indianbirds.in ).
Please note that the rare sighting report can be seen or downloaded from this PDF file
This is how the short tour of 4 nights and 5 days went on!!
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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.”
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.