Natadol is an unexplored region when it comes to birding. Dense forests, some amount of agricultural activities, fruit trees and scattered natural water springs, makes this an ideal location for the birds to thrive.
Birds in Natadol live in close harmony with the villagers. It is not uncommon to see swallows building their nests inside shops, magpies stealing fruits from orchards, bulbuls trying to balance themselves on slanting roofs. For birders and bird-photographers, Natadol is a must visit place.
There are more than 100 species of birds in the forests surrounding Natadol. Depending on the season and your spotting abilities, you may find many of these.
Some of the birds which can be easily spotted here are – Magpies, Shrikes, Woodpeckers, Swallows, Warblers, Bulbuls, Flyeaters, Bee-eaters, Barbets, Hoopoe, Myna, Munia, Nuthatch, Tree-creepers, Finches, Wagtails, Munias, Tits, Thrushes.
Larger birds like – Hawks, Kites, Vultures, Eagles and Buzzards can be seen flying in the valley on sunny days. If you are lucky, you might also spot some colorful Pheasants, Monals, Owls and Owlets.
When you venture out for birding, carry these things along – a pair of binoculars, a good field guide, a camera, drinking water and a trekking stick. Ask us and we will advice you which routes to walk on. Though the treks are small, we recommend going bird-watching only if you and your group members are comfortable in walking for long distances.
Apart from the birds some animals can also be easily spotted in the region like Deers, Martens, Foxes, Squirrels, Wild Cats and sometimes Wild Boars.
We always say – Don’t take anything from the forest except memories/photos and don’t leave anything behind except your footprints.
So, plan you visit, stay with us and witness the wonderful bird of these Himalayan birds. Take away memories that you can cherish for life and photographs that you can show to your friends.
Photos in this article: Sudipto Roy, Dr. Shivam Maini