Birding in Nepal (II): Lumbini Crane Sanctuary
When: November 2017 Weather: Cool 18-25C
Nikon P900 Leica M240/35mm summilux
I had read about the Lumbini International Crane Sanctuary before arriving in Lumbini and managed to spend a morning there. It’s not very well signposted but we found it eventually; it’s in the northern end of the Lumbini Temple Complex right outside the World Peace Pagoda, not far from the Kasai Hotel. The sanctuary isn’t a fenced off area, it’s just the open land surrounding the World Peace Pagoda. The sanctuary is reputed to be the place where the Sarus Crane breeds in significant numbers but I wasn’t sure if there would be any there….
The world peace pagoda
After an hour and no sign of the Sarus Cranes, I took a walk around the perimeter of the wall of the Peace Pagoda to see if I could find the nesting Cranes but no joy….so I headed back to the watchtower to try my luck again….
And just as I was about to give up and go back…I saw something in the distance..
Bird watchers who visit Lumbini to see the birthplace of Buddha will find that Lumbini is a small treasure trove of many Asian birds. This place, the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary and the Sacred Garden of the Lumbini Temple Complex offered excellent birding in a small location and over a brief period. Highly recommended!