Birding in Thimphu, Bhutan

Birding in Thimphu, Bhutan

When:  October 2016                 Weather: Cool 15C

Leica M240/35mm summlux,    Nikon P900

 

I had to take a flight via Kathmandu to get to Bhutan and I would say that the 50min flight from Kathmandu to Paro airport is arguably one of the most spectacular ones anywhere in the world.   Shortly after taking off from Kathmandu, you start seeing the beautiful snow capped Himalayan peaks…indeed it flies past 7 of the highest peaks in the world!  And shortly after the Himalaya have passed from sight, you start flying into verdant valleys with ricefields everywhere….the valleys of Bhutan..

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Everest as seen from my Druk Air flight between Kathmandu and Paro…choose a seat on the left side of the aircraft! Lhotse is in foreground

 

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close up of Sagarmatha, or Mt Everest…

 

Staying at the Druk Hotel, I wandered out towards the Thimphu Chu river and heading to the bridge, I descended the bridge just before it crossed the river and made my way along the river bank  and a little road called Chhogyal Lam leading to a small park….

 

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The national bird is the Bhutanese Raven…it’s everywhere!

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And then this beauty showed up on a dead tree…from a long long way away, the P900 still managed to capture this… A Spotted Nutcracker…a lifer for me.

 

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oriental turtle doves were everywhere

 

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and quite pretty too

 

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White wagtail on roof

 

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this white wagtail found a juicy moth for breakfast

 

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the day was somewhat cloudy

 

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and perched over the water was this spectacular plumbeous water redstart

 

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green backed tits were very active in the trees

 

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another view of green backed tit

 

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pretty flowers in the park

 

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grey chinned minivet

 

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grey chinned minivet

 

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brown shrike

 

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from afar, this majestic buddha statue overlooks the Thimphu Valley

 

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and up close

 

The next morning, I took a long walk crossing the bridge over the river and followed the road by the foot of the mountain till another big bridge appeared crossing back over to the town centre….

 

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daybreak over Thimphu

 

 

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Another plumbeous water redstart on the distant bridge

 

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the skyline at daybreak

 

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Rufous sibia

 

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another view

 

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White capped water redstart

 

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white capped water redstart

 

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This Blue whistling thrush made very loud noises

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Siberian Stonechat

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TIckell’s leaf warbler

 

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another view

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The flowers by the road made for a great walk…

 

Thimphu itself is pleasant enough  but these two easy walks were pretty good for for appreciating the beauty of the Thimphu valley..the birding was a nice bonus.

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