An afternoon with Ravens

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Jan 22 2015

I was looking forward to a nice siesta after a good lunch. With the sun glaring down at 14500+ feet (the setting, incidentally, was Pangong Tso in Ladakh), that seemed to be a wise choice too. As I opened my tent flap, something flew into the campsite accompanied by loud, deep and gruff cawing. I’d been spooked by that call once before a few years ago and I knew I had to bring my camera out. The Northern Raven is the largest species of crow in the world. The bird is huge in size compared to the House Crow. It […]


A birding trip to Ladakh – Part 3 – The lakes and a journey shortened

Nov 04 2009

Please visit Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Day 8 – Aug 7 – Nyoma to Tso Moriri (Korzok) At Nyoma, we were rudely awakened to the fact that there are no petrol pumps in that area. The one at Nyoma was no longer operational. Diesel was available with a car mechanic near Mahe. So, we decided to skip Hanle (which meant missing the Upland Buzzard) and drive straight to Tso Moriri. The birding enroute to Mahe was awesome. We came across another Common Tern hovering close to the banks. A fast-flying Northern House Martin tested our photography skills. […]


A birding trip to Ladakh – Part 2 – Leh, Shey, Chushul, Nyoma

Nov 03 2009

Read the first part of the Ladakh trip here. Day 5 – Aug 4 – Leh: With the travel/altitude sickness behind us, we set off towards Khardung-La early in the morning. The views of Leh from this road are truly breathtaking. Along the way, we came across three flocks of Chukar. At South Pullu, we stopped at the small tea stall to get some breakfast and tea. The garbage dump behind it proved to be amazing. Robin Accentors, Güldenstädt’s Redstarts (White-winged Redstarts) and Alpine Choughs (Yellow-billed Choughs) came very close and allowed us to get some great photographs. Beyond South […]


A birding trip to Ladakh – Part 1 – The journey to Leh

Nov 02 2009

Ladakh was on my list for a very very long time. When my friend Sharad came up with the idea of a birding trip, there was no way to let the opportunity pass. We set off from Gurgaon on the morning of July 31 with the following plan in mind: 31-Jul Gurgaon to Manali 01-Aug Manali to Keylong 02-Aug Keylong to Leh 03-Aug Stay in Leh 04-Aug Leh to Choglamsar/Shey-Thiksey 05-Aug Shey-Thikse to Chushul 06-Aug Stay in Chushul 07-Aug Chushul to Hanle 08-Aug Stay in Hanle 09-Aug Hanle to Puga Valley 10-Aug Puga Valley to Tso Moriri / Korzok 11-Aug […]