The combined tour of Mishmi Hills, Wallong and Roing had duration for 10 days. In the second phase we covered Walong and Roing.
15th November 2019:
We stayed overnight at Mishmi Eco Camp and drove out at 4:30 AM from there. In the morning at around 6 AM we reached at Udayak Pass and had breakfast. We did some birding there and found Beautiful Sibia, some Barwings etc. Around 8:30 AM we reached at Salangam for brunch. We strolled around, while the little rice hotel was preparing food. Just near a chicken coop in the village we were surprised to see White-cheeked Starling. This is a vagrant and rarity from India. Later that afternoon, we drove to Walong via Tidding, Hayuliang, Hawai etc. We had light lunch at Hawai. We almost did no bird watching on the way. However, we had some time left in hand for afternoon birding. Around 3 PM we moved out for Spot-breasted Parrotbills and found it a plains. By 4 PM, the light became too low for bird watching. We came back and stayed overnight at lodge.
16th November 2019:
In the morning session, we covered Helmet Top. Just around our stay (14 kms before Helmet Top), we found Chestnut-headed Tesia, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush etc. Little ahead Spot-breasted Parrotbills were seen nicely along with Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Chestnut-tailed Minla and Golden Bush Robin. The number of Godlewski's Bunting in this patch was overwhelming; however, this bird was not shy like other. Hodgson's Redstart and Yunnan Nuthatch were nice to see in Cheer Pine area. In the noon-break we drove back to resort and resumed birding till the weather cooled down a bit at 2 PM. This time we drove towards Kibithoo and found some regular birds like - Gray-bcked Shrike, Large-billed Crow, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Wallcreeper etc. On our way back, when it was almost sundown a Russet Bush Warbler kept us busy for some time.
17th November 2019:
Today we covered Tilam Top, which is as nice as Helmet Top. Here the number of Yunnan Nuthatch was more and Black-browed Bushtit was seen in just one flock. In foggy weather in a Oak tree, a Chestnut-vented Nuthatch was seen as well. Some Goldcreasts and Short-billed Minivets were around in this mixed flock. In the noon we cover birding beside river near IB. Again, we saw one White-cheeked Starling. Along with that, Black-headed Greenfinches and American Pipit were seen. This is perhaps first record for the state. We almost covered all target species for Walong part. In the afternoon, we covered Kibithoo-Kaho-Mesai area. Black-headed Greenfinches again sighted near Nimati Plains. Upland Buzzard, Wallcreeper, Large-billed Crow etc were seen till sundown.
18th November 2019:
We had a long drive today so we started in the very early morning. We hardly did any birding on the way till we reached Salangam in the afternoon. We stopped at Salangam village for lunch break. However, unlike 15th, we didn't find any White-cheeked Starling here. But found Brambling instead in a mixed flock with Olive-backed Pipits. Brambling is a rarity for the state as well as for eastern Himalayas. In the bamboo growths here, Collared Treepie was seen. Later in the afternoon Nepal Fulvetta, Gray-sided Laughingthrush, Rusty-fronted Barwing and Streaked Spiderhunter was seen. Though we tried for Hodgson's Frogmouth at night, we couldn't see or locate it. However, we heard it few time from distance. At Tezu we stayed at Hotel Taboka.
19th November 2019:
In the morning we planned for grassland birding and later birding on the way till Guwahati Airport. In the grassland almost all the target species had been fulfilled - Jerdon's Babbler, Smoky Warbler, Black-greasted Parrotbill, Mash Babbler, Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler etc were seen. At 9 AM we had breakfast. We stopped for a while on Bhupen Hazarika Bridge for landscape photographs. There we saw two Common Cranes in flight and a big flock of White-rumped Vulture soaring.
The tour ended on with a very productive note fulfilling almost all target species from Mishmi, Walong and Roing.
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.