Birding in Sauraha, Nepal

In between chasing missing survey data and standardising the spelling of bird names, I also have had ample opportunity to go birding in the grasslands, river flats and remnant forests nearby to the NTNC’s Biodiversity Conservation Centre.  The area is heavily disturbed by fodder and timber collection (including for the local private and government elephant camps)  but still supports a surprising amount of wildlife.

The nationally threatened Red Junglefowl abounds around the elephant shelters, while Red-throated Flycatcher, Puff-throated Babbler and Blue-beared Bee-eater can bee seen in the adjacent forest remnants.  White-browed, White and Citrine Wagtails are common along the river, (always a thrill for a birder used to seeing them only as vagrant reports in the birding news lists).

Changeable Hawk Eagle, Grey Heron and Indian Peafowl are also a highlight, as are Oriental Pied Hornbill (one of the spectacular yellow-casqued birds had earlier been brought in injured, probably by with a slingshot, but sadly it later died).

The diversity of widllife here is not limited to birds either; at dusk, Wild Boar, Barking Deer and Chital Deer emerge from the forest, and Asian One Horned Rhinoceros are often encountered along the river side.

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