Wednesday 4th of April 2018 and I was in the garden at 6 o'clock looking for birds. I started in the swimming pool area but I never managed to get any pictures of any birds. There were great Tits and Common Tailorbirds but I never got any pictures. But DARN! The hotel compound was full of mosquitos and I returned to my room to get some mosquito repellent.
After having greased myself up in my “Tropical” strength repellent I went behind the house my room is in. I ran in to a Great Tit but the picture didn't turn out so good.
Early morning bird watching at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge before going for tiger safari.
The bird was sitting in a tree outside my room, maybe 5 or 6 meters up.
I managed to record the Common Tailorbird and the Oriental Magpie Robin with my ZOOM H5 Handy recorder. I walk up the road to the gate and I see the Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Great Tits, Common Tailorbirds and a Green Pigeon.
Barbets was heard from many of the tree tops. Back at the swimming pool and I see two White-throated fantails. They refused to sit still so the pictures was going straight to the trash bin.
Well, a few hours of birding and I got a few pictures of the Puff-throated Babbler, not much else. Lunch time and at 2 thirty I went to the jeep. It had been raining during the afternoon but the sun was kind of shining now. Looked black in the horizon, but we decided to go for the safari hoping for the best.
I had been early coming down to the jeep so I walked around the area while waiting for the Guide. It is a beautiful area, but as everywhere else in this part of the world. It looks like a garbage dump with the rubbish they throw everywhere. Tiger Tops have placed rubbish bins around the village, but it doesn’t help.
Anyway, the boat was waiting for us and we could cross the Gandaki River on a beautiful afternoon and we looked out for the long nosed crocodiles, but no luck.
We can see the jeep on the other side of the Gandaki River
We are ready to cross Gandaki River
Here we go
We cross the Gandaki River and I spot a beautiful White-browsed Wagtail as soon as I step ashore on the other side. I run after the bird trying to get pictures. The bird was too far away for any good pictures. We got in to the jeep and we were soon driving through the high grass in the grass land. We're going to an area we had not been to before.
No tigers or leopards and we turn around when we reach a flimsy built bridge. We are soon back to our normal track but there is exactly nothing to be seen. We go to see if the crocodile with the eggs are still there. And she is, exactly same position as yesterday.
We leave the crocodile to continue our search for excitements. We had been on our way for a few minutes and it started to rain. Same back in Bardia, the last safari and it is raining. My Guide had brought two umbrellas and I borrowed one to cover my camera.
Never mind, I have had a very nice time looking for tigers here in Nepal. Now it will be nice to get back to Kathmandu. We drove back to the boat in slow speed and the rain changed to a drizzle when we approached the boat. But we still needed to use the umbrella, mostly to cover the camera.
Well, dinner and off to bed. They will wake me up with tea at 4 o'clock even though we won't leave for the airport until 8 thirty. I have planned for some early morning bird watching before breakfast and departure to the airport.
So, this is pretty much it about tiger safari in Nepal, a disappointment when it comes to tigers. But it had been very nice safaris with birds and animals. Now it will be birding in the Kathmandu Valley for the next few days. But first to the airport and my flight to Kathmandu, click HERE to find out if we make it to Kathmandu.
OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizens visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
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