Another try for the Ibisbill

Today we wanted to give another chance to find an Ibisbill along the Kosi River, north of Ramnagar. We departed early from the hotel and visited the same area what we had been a few days back. The riverbed was more peaceful than during the holy week-end. River Lapwings, Little Ringed Plovers, Green Sandpipers, Pied Kingfishers, White-throated Kingfisher, Wallcreeper, Plain Martins, Red-rumped Swallow, Plain PriniaWhite-browed Wagtails and some very white faced and headed local race, the ‘M. a. personata‘ of White Wagtails were seen from the middle of the riverbed.


Early morning at the Kosi River north of Ramnagar. © Gyorgy Szimuly


A Wallcreeper was flying around us in the bed of the Kosi River. © Balázs Molnár

Despite extensive search there was any sign of Ibisbill so we moved further north along the river.


Our driver did everything to find a single Ibisbill. © Gyorgy Szimuly


Balázs is crossing a stream in the Kosi riverbed. © Gyorgy Szimuly


Our guides are looking for new species. © Gyorgy Szimuly

In the coming hours we birded along the river and adjacent forested areas but birding was disappointingly slow. Along the main road, running next to the Kosi, we found a Long-billed Thrush feeding on the muddy forest ground. At our next stop we tried for a Rusty-tailed Flycatcher but we were not able to spot it in the dense vegetation despite it was calling.


After several attempts a single Long-billed Thrush was found. © Balázs Molnár


Rajesh and Balázs is resting on the jeep. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Before having our lunch we visited another section of the river where a nice secondary forest was full of birds. That saved our morning birding as it produced some lifers. In a large moving flock we saw Black-rumped Flameback, Rufous Woodpecker, Rufous Treepie, White-throated Fantail, Yellow-bellied Fantail, a beautiful lifer, the Rufous-bellied Niltava, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Velvet-fronted Nuthatches, Grey Tits, Black-lored Tit, Himalayan Bulbuls, Oriental White-eyes, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Grey-hooded WarblersGolden-spectacled Warbler, and another lifer, the Black-chinned Babbler.


Secondary forest alongside the Kosi River produced some nice species of birds. © Gyorgy Szimuly


Yellow-billed Fantails were a jewel in the bird flocks in this forest. © Balázs Molnár

Just at the end of this birdy forest we entered the riverbed and started to scan the shingly riverbed. No Ibisbill were found but we saw a Crested Kingfisher and Brown Dipper. In that area we should have found another speciality, the Little Forktail. We checked every single stone through the Swarovski HD scope where the bird is regularly seen but we could not spot one. When we decided to leave the area our driver once again asked for the scope to have a final look at the opposite riverside. Luckily he was able to spot a Little Forktail which provided a perfect view.


Ibisbill was apparently missing from the river but this location was home of Little Forktail and Brown Dipper. © Gyorgy Szimuly

In the afternoon we had our final birding session before we departed for Delhi by a night train. We wanted to see the birdlife of the villages adjacent to Ramnagar. Apart of birding it was exciting to be a part of the country-life which was a nice experience. Shy but kind people smiled to us most of the time. We saw some nice birds late in the afternoon including some Crested Serpent Eagles, a big flock of Red-wattled Lapwing on a rice field, Red Turtle Doves, Indian Roller, Greater Coucal, a lifer Brown Rock Chat, Zitting Cisticolas, Black-headed Oriole, Large Woodshrike and Asian Pied Starlings. After sunset we found a large flocks of parakeets flying over the villages for their night roosting. We stopped at a pre-roosting tree where about a hundred Rose-ringed Parakeets, a few Plum-headed Parakeets and some Slaty-headed Parakeets were roosting noisily. It was funny to see an unflinching Black-shouldered Kite perching on the same tree just next to some very noisy Rose-ringeds.


A street of Ramnagar in the evening. © Gyorgy Szimuly


Kind little girl was sent to us by her mother to speak some English. © Balázs Molnár


Pre-roosting tree of Rose-ringed and Plum-headed Parakeets. © Balázs Molnár


Asian Pied Starlings and Common Mynas on the night roosting tree. © Balázs Molnár

In the night we were transported to the Ramnagar railway station and headed for Delhi. The train was a tricky and unfavored way of transportation but after swapping my place with another traveller it turned to be acceptable.


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