Next stop was the Kosi River at Garjiya to look for Ibisbill. This is a known site for this iconic wader, provided that you know the site! We were only on the bridge for a couple of minutes before the shout of Ibisbill went up and we had great views of three individual birds. The locals on the bridge were more interested in us and our scopes and began queuing-up to have a look through the optics. We thought about charging a few rupees each but nobody had any money as the Indian government had taken it all out of circulation.
My photos of Ibisbill are rubbish so I will not be posting any.
We spent the night in Tiger Camp hotel having added a few more species to our trip tally. The following morning it was into Corbett N. P. for a few days staying at the park camp at Dikhala. From here on it was all open-backed jeeps, birds, dust, birds, dust more dust, birds and tigers.
There were loads of birds on the way to the park, at the park gates, in the park and over the park.
Blue tended to be the dominant colour!
|Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica|
|Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni|
|Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus|
|Changeable Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus|
|Collared Falconet Microhierax caerulescens|
|Lesser Fish Eagle Ichthyophaga humilis|
|Pallas's Fish Eagle Haliaeetus Leucorphus|
|Osprey Pandion halietus|
|Red-headed Vulture Sargogyps calvus|
|Spot-bellied Eagle Owl Bubo nipalensis 63 cms big!!|
|Tawny Fish Owl Ketupa flavipes. Looking at me looking at him.|
The park was also really good for species of woodpecker: Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker ( very small), Great Slaty Woodpecker (absolutely enormous), Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Lesser and Greater Yellownape (biggish), Streak-throated Woodpecker (medium size), Himalayan Flameback, Greater Flameback and Black-rumped Flameback (impressively bright). Flamebacks are now known as goldenbacks but flameback captures the essence of these birds much better.
|Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus|
|Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopus canicapillus|
|Lesser Yellownape Picus chlorolophus|
|Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus|
|Tiger # 1|
A few other birds seen in the park were:
|Black-Hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus|
|Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach Extremely common in the park.|
|River Tern Sterna aurantia|
|Stonechat Saxicola torquata|