Are you a birder looking for a trek that will help you witness some of the most magnificent Himalayan bird species?
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is no doubt one of the best treks for bird watching. The thick forest trails on this trek make it home to more than 150 species of birds.
In this episode of Trek Talks with Vishnu Benne, our host Vishnu has picked out the top three species of birds that you spot on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trail.
He tells you where exactly you can spot these birds on the trail and the altitude at which, you are likely to find them. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to miss out on the variety of birds found on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek then you give this podcast a listen.
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His first pick is the Himalayan Monal, which is also the state bird of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most spectacular looking birds you will find on this trail. The male Monal bird has bright vibrant colours on its velvety cover quite similar to a Peacock, which are quite easy to spot.
The second Himalayan bird species is the Snow Patridge. It is a small bird with a hypnotic horizontal white line pattern and can be spotted on the Tungnath route on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek.
The third is the Himalayan Woodpecker, usually found near the Deoriatal Lake. They feel most at home on the Rhododendron trees along the trail.
Bird watching tips
There are a couple of things that you can keep in mind if you’re keeping an eye out for spotting birds.
Ajit Hota, a wildlife photographer and avid trekker says, “The best time to spot birds is at dusk and dawn between 5 to 8 am in the morning and post 4 pm in the evening.” He has spotted over 150 species, out of which he has photographed 118 Himalayan bird species. The autumn months of October-November are one of the best months for bird watching says Ajit.
Don’t forget to carry your binoculars if you’re serious about bird watching. Its an important tool that helps you recognise the species of the bird.
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