Yes the tiger reserve is a birding hot spot and oh boy what a place. The journey is long and in the way stop for some meals and then over the bridge at Ganges for some birding. We are able to spot a flock of bar headed geese, stints, black winged stilts, sandpipers and gulls.
Finally we reach Ramnagar and the panorama changes. We are greeted by spectacular mountains and snaking rivers sparkling with crystal clear water. Well this is going to be our place for rendezvous mountain and shore birds.
There is enough light to sight wall creeper and the elusive Ibisbill at Garjia Temple and we are lucky. We snap down to sleep after a sumptuous curry dinner.
Corbett is a tiger reserve and a
National Park. The Ramganga River home to mahseer, gharial, marsh crocodile and birds of prey is the lifeline of this ecosystem diverse to heel. Tiger rules here over the denizens which are in plenty especially the rare hog deer and goral.
But more then 500 bird species can be spotted here. This richness is attributed to altitude migrants which come down to avoid harsh snow in the Himalayan Ranges. We will also visit Laldang and Mohaan Forest in the outskirts to see the fork tails and many other species all around us.
Three days at the reserve yields excellent bird sightings and the next day we leave early morning for SatTal via Nainital Township. The lake is overcrowded with honeymooners hence we continue with our ascent on the way spectacular view of the Himalayas sends us into a trance.