Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017-04-28 Sattal Binsar

Read the earlier day blog here 27th April 2017 Sattal
Had early morning tea and left at around 6am for Sattal studio trail.

Just before the trail a Bonnet Macaque was sitting with its kids eating a pine cone.

As soon as we started on the trail, we started seeing all types of birds around.
Grey Hooded Warbler

Eurasian Jay

Waited for sometime near the stream to spot the long tailed broadbill but not luck.
But while searching for it got some very nice views of Canary and Ultramarine flycatcher.
Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher

Ultramarine Flycatcher

At the studio got some new species than yesterday evening and the activity was usual very good.
Rusty cheeked scimitar babbler was a priced catch for me.
Black Bulbul

Grey Winged Blackbird

Grey Hooded Warbler

Black Throated Tit

Blue Winged Minla

Oriental Whiteeye

Rusty Cheecked Scimitar Babbler

Blue Winged Minla

Blue Throated Flycatcher

Himalayan Bulbul

Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch

Rusty Tailed Flycatcher

Wedge Tailed Pigeon

White Throated Laughing Thrush

After sometime decided to go ahead on the trail.
There got chestnut bellied nuthatch, streaked laughing thrush, black winged cuckoo shrike, long tailed minivet and the beautiful Red Billed Blue Magpie.
Red Billed Blue Magpie

Red Billed Blue Magpie

Returned back to KMVN by 10am, had breakfast, freshned up and checked out by 11am.
Next stop was a temple on a small hillock at Bhowali.
From here proceeded towards Binsar.
Some way down we encountered a road block to Almora and had to take detour via Ranikhet to reach Binsar increasing the distance by 40km or 1-2hours.

But finally we reached Binsar well before sunset.
As we started climbing the altitude we started seeing many Rhododendron trees flowering.

Moss on tree branch

Had a quick tea and proceeded towards to sunset point to try some hand with sunset photos.

Returning back to KMVN we freshened up and proceed towards dinner.

I had been to this place 8 years back and was very impressed with the interiors of the room and the tourist resort in general. I was happy to see that it was still quite the same. Wonderful wooden flooring and furniture inside and even the corridor.

A terrace extends on the backside of the resort overlooking the valley below.
We decided to do some night photography of the stars and light below.
KMVN Tourist Guest House with stars and Moon in background

Fortunately there was a cloud formed on the west side with lighting striking through it.
This gave a very opportunity to make some interesting photograph.
Night sky with lightning in the cloud
Read the next day blog here 29th April 2017 Binsar - Pangoot

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