Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park


Monday 2nd of April 2018 and they bring tea to my room at 4 o'clock. Breakfast and we left Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge at 7 o'clock for Gandaki River to take the boat to Chitwan National Park. Beautiful morning and I enjoyed the river crossing.

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
The boat is waiting for us

Zitting Cisticola, फिरफिरे, Cisticola juncidis

Zitting Cisticola, फिरफिरे, Cisticola juncidis
Zitting Cisticola - फिरफिरे

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
Slot bear track

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park - Ruddy shelduck, Brahminy duck, चखेवा, Tadorna ferruginea
Ruddy Shelduck, known in India as the Brahminy duck.

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park

We cross the river and we're soon on our way on the dirt road. We see Slot bear tracks on the road, but no other signs of any bears. We drive to the river crossing and we drive over the river in the jeep. Following the dirt road and we see a group of Ruddy Shelduck, known in India as the Brahminy duck.

We continue and suddenly the Guide stop us, tiger track crossing the dirt road going towards the river where we came from. We did a U-turn and we drove back to the crossing and we stopped in the middle of the river where we could see the edge to the grass land.

If we're lucky the tiger come out to cross the river, but she could as well have stopped in the grass land to have a few hours of sleep. We give up after a while and we drive back on the dirt road and we're soon running in to a Peacock on the road.

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
Peacock dance

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park - Indian Roller, ठेउवा, Coracias benghalensis

Bronzed Drongo, सानो  चिबे, Dicrurus aeneus

Bronzed Drongo, सानो  चिबे, Dicrurus aeneus
Bronzed Drongo - सानो चिबे

Bronzed Drongo, सानो  चिबे, Dicrurus aeneus
Bronzed Drongo - सानो चिबे

Jungle Owlet, Barred Jungle Owlet, Glaucidium radiatum

Jungle Owlet, Barred Jungle Owlet, डुन्डुल, Glaucidium radiatum
Jungle Owlet - डुन्डुल

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
A Rhino next to the “highway”

Listen to the White-rumped Shama
I managed to record the beautiful White-rumped Shama's song

We drove to the other side of the National Park and we passed through the gate and we were on a “highway” turning right. We drove along the “highway” for a few hundred meters when we spotted a Rhino next to the road. We turned right leaving the highway and we were soon spotting a Stork-billed Kingfisher. Of course, the bird took off and we followed. We managed to come closer than I have never been to a sitting Stork-billed Kingfisher. But when we stopped the car the bird took off and I gave the Kingfisher my middle finger while thinking “DUCK OFF”

It is just not meant for me to get any good pictures of the beautiful but very scared Stork-billed Kingfisher. We spotted another hollow tree laying on the ground. We stopped, but the Guide was not so quick to get out of the car today. I had pestered him a little after yesterday’s tree.
- What are you going to do if there is a leopard in the tree?

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
We see another hollow tree

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
We see another hollow tree

So this time we didn't went out of the car. We didn't see anything else in this part of the park and we drove back to the river crossing and the waterhole crossing. We had to drive through a waer hole and we decided to stop there to have our picnic lunch.

Earlier this morning we had stopped here and I managed to record the Common Cuckoo and a woodpecker pecking on a tree. Nothing I hear very often, or almost never. And we had just discussed it when we were looking at a Flameback on a trunk, not looking but listening for food. At least it looked like the bird was listening for insects in the tree.

Listen to the Common Cuckoo
Own recording from Chitwan National Park - 2 April 2018
Also available at www.xeno-canto.org by clicking HERE

Remarks from the Recordist

Chitwan National Park, lunch break having picnic lunch in the jeep. I'm laying down as I don't want to scare a Rhino coming around the bushes towards us. I hear the Common Cuckoo and I start my recorder

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Listen to the woodpecker pecking in the tree
Own recording from Chitwan National Park - 2 April 2018

We had our lunch when I spotted the back of a Rhino, and the Rhino came closer. My guide and driver jumped in to the jeep very quickly. If the Rhino see anyone the Rhino will get scared and turn around. Now we hoped for the Rhino to come down to the waterhole, just 3 meters from us.

We sit in the jeep and we see the Rhino approaching and it stops when it comes around the bush and see the jeep. Looks like the Rhino is a little scared. Just then another jeep is coming down the dirt path and I wave to them to stop. The Rhino approaches slowly and when the Rhino looks comfortable I sign to the other jeep to come slowly.

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
Hiding in the jeep when the Rhino comes around the bush

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
The Rhino comes closer

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
The Rhino comes closer

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
The Rhino leave the area

Hours in the blazing heat, pounded by the sun. No animals or birds and I told the Guide that we could return to the hotel. As I had told them when I arrived, early morning and afternoon, but they wanted full days and it is kind of pointless. So we can return to the hotel and tomorrow I will only go for afternoon safari as the morning safaris is a little too late.

So we will go on the river in the morning. Back at the hotel and as I was back early I went to look for birds in the Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge area. I see one bird that I have never seen before, the Puff-throated Babbler. I never manage to get pictures of the other birds.

Puff-throated Babbler, Spotted Babbler, थोप्ले भ्याकुर, Pellorneum ruficeps

Tiger Safari and bird watching in Chitwan National Park
A Lizard

So, yet another exciting day have come to an end. Wake up at 4 o'clock tomorrow morning when they knock on my door with a pot of tea. Then we will leave for the river at 7. The river “cruise” is only 1 hour here in Chitwan National Park. They don't have the inflatable raft here, only the wooden boat. And it is not allowed with any engines here in the National Park.

So they need to take the boat up river for 4 hours and we drive there with the jeep and we take the boat downstream and it will take us one hour to get back down to the hotel.

One hour is nothing, but now there is a Chief Officer in town. And he knows how to use the time efficient so we can get as much as possible done. I told them that I would join them going up stream and thus I will get many hours out of the “cruise”

And of course, going up stream is easier when we need to stop to take pictures etc. Anyway, just click HERE to find out what we find along the river.



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