Himalayan fauna (part II)

Wildlife seen in the vacation in Nepal (Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri).

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Raven (Corvus corax) is a common presence in the mountains

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The yellow billed chough (Pirrhocorax graculus) accompanies the trekkers as high as the EBC or Kala Patthar (I haven’t been higher than that)

Himalaya_fauna 26 cough 01 med

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Tibetan Snowcock (Tetraogallus tibetanus) can come close to villages and to trails. They are quite hard to spot when they stay unmoved but their noisy call draw your attention from far away.

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Himalaya_fauna 09 snowcock 02 med

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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) circling high at Namche Bazaar above 4000 meters. I knew that ospreys eat mainly fish, which is a prey impossible to find in high Himalaya. I wonder what it was doing there.

Himalaya_fauna 21 Osprey 02 med

Himalaya_fauna 21 Osprey 03 med

The Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis)

Himalaya_fauna 24 Dove 01 med

This combination of rabbit with rat is most probably a Royle’s pika (Ochotona roylei) as the Himalayan pika (Ochotona himalayana) seems to be less often seen. I’ve observed it near the trail, not far from Lobuche settlement.

Himalaya_fauna 10 Pika med

Robin Accentor (Prunella rubeculoides)

Himalaya_fauna 11 Robin accentor med

The White Wagtail (Montacilla alba) seen on the snow and ice covering Gokyo lake.

Himalaya_fauna 13_wagtail 01 med

The Black-fronted laughingthrush (Trochalopteron affine)

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The White-capped Water Redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus)

Himalaya_fauna 15 white-capped redstart 01 med

Himalaya_fauna 15 white-capped redstart 02 med

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White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes)

Himalaya_fauna 16 grosbeak 02 med

A lonely Northern pintail (Anas acta) on Gokyo lake.

Himalaya_fauna 17 northern pintail anas acta 01 med

Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) seen on the lowest lake below Gokyo.

Himalaya_fauna 18 tufted duck Aythya fuligula 01 med

Himalaya_fauna 18 tufted duck Aythya fuligula 02 med

A pair of Rudy shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea) circled above the Gokyo lake. Later I observed them on one of the lower lakes in the area.

Himalaya_fauna 19 rudy shelduck 01 med

Rufous-breasted Accentor (Prunella strophiata)

Himalaya_fauna 12 Rufus breasted accentor med

Black kites (Milvus migrans) hover al the time above Kathmandu. But I saw them also high in the mountains, above Namche.

Himalaya_fauna 25 black kite 01 med

Himalaya_fauna 25 black kite 02 med

Himalaya_fauna 25 black kite 03 med

A booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) observed above Dingboche

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The national bird of Nepal is the Danphe / Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus)

Himalaya_fauna 20_Monal 03 med

Himalaya_fauna 20_Monal 02 med

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And above all, the supreme bird of prey, the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).

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…with a suite of teasing ravens.

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Mong La 010519 Chrysaetos 01 med

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For bird identification I used the booklet Birds of Sagarmatha National Park and its Buffer Zone.

<– Himalayan Fauna – part I

 

 

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