Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal

Tuesday 27th of March 2018 and we left Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge quarter to 7 in the morning. We registered at the National Park and it was a quiet morning in the forest. We drove for an hour or so and we reached the water hole. We spotted a Brown Fish Owl in a tree. I turned around to take a picture when I discovered a Grey Wagtail in the water just next to the jeep.

And the bird didn't mind us and I could take pictures when the bird was looking for food in the mud. When the Grey Wagtail disappeared I concentrated on the Brown Fish owl in the tree next to us. Of course, the owl took off and landed in a tree on the other side of the pond. I borrowed a leopard stick and I walked around to the other side of the pond.

I had seen in which tree the owl had landed. I ran in to a very small frog on my way to the owl, so small I almost missed the frog on the ground.

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge
Jeep is here to pick me up

Brown Fish Owl, मलाहा हुचील, Bubo zeylonensis, Ketupa zeylonensis
Brown Fish Owl in the tree next to us

Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea

Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
Grey Wagtail

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
A small frog

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
Carrying a leopard stick while looking for owls

Brown Fish Owl, मलाहा हुचील, Bubo zeylonensis, Ketupa zeylonensis

We found the owl and the light conditions was very bad so it was hard to get any picture. But I got one I was happy with and we walked back to the jeep. A good start of the day, we had seen an Oriental Pied Hornbill on the other side of the river coming here, but it was way too far away for any pictures.

We left the water hole and we were soon at a tree that had felt down and there were several Woodpeckers looking for food in the tree. No one of the beautiful woodpeckers wanted to be on picture. But we spotted a Pied Bush Chat driving through the grass land. Not a new bird as I have seen it in Thailand. But crossing the river and we spotted an Indian Cuckoo.

We had to look in the book as the Indian Cuckoo and the Eurasian Cuckoo looks almost the same. But me and my Guide agreed on the Indian Cuckoo, so that is a new bird for me. And going back to the hotel for lunch and we spot the Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, yet another bird I have never seen before. But no tigers or leopards, not even an elephant was seen.

Pied Bush Chat, काले झ्याप्सी, Saxicola caprata, นกยอดหญ้าสีดำ, นกขี้หมา

Indian Cuckoo, काफल पाक्यो, Cuculus micropterus

Indian Cuckoo, काफल पाक्यो, Cuculus micropterus
Indian Cuckoo

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
On the way back to the hotel we pass monkeys having a good time

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
On the way back to the hotel we pass monkeys having a good time

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
On the way back to the hotel we pass monkeys having a good time

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Yellow-throated Sparrow, Petronia xanthocollis

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Yellow-throated Sparrow, Petronia xanthocollis
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Yellow-throated Sparrow, Petronia xanthocollis
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia

Excellent lunch and I had energy for the afternoon safari. They make really good food here, but it is way too much. A super tanker with home-made spring rolls and on top of that chicken pasta or whatever it was. A big basked of the best home-made bread ever. My table is full of bowls and I had three plates and I could not see any difference in the bowls.

I killed time in my room after lunch looking at the pictures. Many many of the pictures was erased. At 3 o'clock we were off again. First bird we ran in to was an NON BREEEDING Indian Pond Heron. Well, we had seen many birds, but this was the first picture I could use. We were soon crossing the river, and we see a lot of birds every time we cross the river.

We saw more Indian Pond Herons, but there was also a Citrine Wagtail so I wanted to concentrate on that bird, if the Indian Pond Herons are there when I’m ready I will try with them.

Indian Pond Heron, आसकोटे बकुल्ला, Ardeola grayii

Citrine Wagtail, Motacilla citreola

Citrine Wagtail, Motacilla citreola
Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail, Motacilla citreola
Citrine Wagtail

Indian Pond Heron, Ardeola grayii
Indian Pond Heron

I got pictures of both the Citrine Wagtail and the Indian Pond Heron and we could continue. We stopped for a “jungle” walk down to the river to see if there was any tigers. They see tigers here every day, most likely, 99.99% that it is the same male every day. So this is where the people Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.ststay and I suggested that they could build a grandstand with an ice cream and snack Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stbooth down at the river side. Then the tourists can sit there all day long.

Well, I told my Guide that I wanted to leave.
- And I never want to come back here again!
Well, as I said to the hotel manager: ”I have seen enough tigers in my days, so if I don't see any tigers it is not the worst thing. Of course, I want to see a tiger, or hundreds of them. But if I don't I have seen a lot of other beautiful things in the forest

We left and we were soon running in to a beautiful Indian Roller


Indian Roller, ठेउवा, Coracias benghalensis

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
Spotted deer

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
Spotted deer

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
Spotted deer

A gorgeous afternoon in the forest, no leopards or tigers, but we're really lucky with the birds. We drive on a dirt road and suddenly I scream stop.
- GO BACK!

And yes, there was a Savanna Nightjar. Looked like the bird was sleeping. I have only seen the Nightjar when it have been dark in early mornings. We continued and before long we spotted a Small Buttonquail on the dirt road. I have seen millions of the Quails and I had no hope to get any pictures as this bird is very scared.

I have so far never managed to get any pictures of a Quail, at least no pictures that I have kept. I spotted the Brown Quail on New Zealand and those pictures turned out to be nothing but a disappointment. But today we were kind of lucky, and my Guide was excited, he had never seen this bird before. So we were very happy when we left, the Quail had put on quite a show for us.

Savanna Nightjar, चुइयाँ  चैतेचरा, Caprimulgus affinis

Common Buttonquail, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Small Buttonquail, सानो गट्टेबट्टाई, Turnix sylvaticus

Common Buttonquail, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Small Buttonquail, सानो गट्टेबट्टाई, Turnix sylvaticus
Common Buttonquail - सानो गट्टेबट्टाई

Common Buttonquail, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Small Buttonquail, सानो गट्टेबट्टाई, Turnix sylvaticus
Common Buttonquail - सानो गट्टेबट्टाई

Common Buttonquail, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Small Buttonquail, सानो गट्टेबट्टाई, Turnix sylvaticus
Common Buttonquail - सानो गट्टेबट्टाई

Common Buttonquail, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Small Buttonquail, सानो गट्टेबट्टाई, Turnix sylvaticus
Common Buttonquail - सानो गट्टेबट्टाई

Common Buttonquail, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Small Buttonquail, सानो गट्टेबट्टाई, Turnix sylvaticus
Common Buttonquail - सानो गट्टेबट्टाई

We were in an “UP BEAT” mood after the Savanna Nightjar and the Small Buttonquail, pure luck. Especially with the Nightjar. We drove by the bird without seeing it. We heard some bird scream and we put the jeep in reverse and I could spot the bird that looked like it was sleeping. But where did the noise come from?

It was getting late and dark and we started to drive back towards Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge. Yet another fantastic day in the forest, but now it was coming to an end. Coming around the corner and we spotted a Changeable Hawk-eagle sitting next to the dirt road.

The bird was sitting on a prey, but we didn't see that it was a snake until the bird took off. Landing in a tree and we parked under the tree to have a look at the eagle having dinner.

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
We come around the corner and the eagle is sitting on it's prey

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
The eagle takes off and now we see that the prey is a snake

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील
Our new friend lands in a tree

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील
Our new friend start to skin the snake

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील
I didn't knew that they were skinning the snakes before eating

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील
The eagle is not chewing the food

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील
The eagle is not chewing the food

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील
Little remains to swallow

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील
Now we can start with the head

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील

Changeable Hawk-eagle, शदलचील, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle - शदलचील


What an fantastic experience it was to get to see this!
A day in the forest and you never know what will happen


No tiger, leopard or elephant, but it had been a very nice day. Now back to the hotel for an excellent dinner. We passed the forest office to sign out. There was a bus and my Guide told me the bus had hit and killed a tiger on the highway. The bus had been there for 6 to 7 months and the driver was in prison for 20 years. I could\not believe that the driver got 20 years in prison and I'm very doubtful about this information.

But the area is full of military and check-points. The “East - West highway” is Nepal’s longest and they check the cars entering and leaving the national parks as the highway pass through the National parks. Coming in, checked for weapons etc. Leaving the National park and they check the car for dead animals etc. to catch poachers. They also check the cars so there is no blood on the cars meaning that you have hit an animal.

Approaching the gate and I spot 2 Indian Grey Hornbills in a tree. I go to check them out while my Guide sign us out from the park. Of course, the Hornbills disappear when I approach.

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
Bus at the forest Office

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
Indian Grey Hornbill in the tree

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Bardiya/ Bardia National Park, Nepal
My Guide check us out from the park

I had a shower before dinner and I was in bed at 10 o'clock. They will knock on my door with 2 (TWO) pots of tea at 4 o'clock in the morning. We will leave for the safari at 06:45. Click HERE to find out if we find any tigers, or any other excitements tomorrow.

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