Apart from dolphin sighting, the other most notable activity we could manage was bird watching. We were told that large mammal sighting takes more time and in fact in the winter it is more difficult for various reasons. In the rainy season, they come out of the flooded areas and so it becomes easier to spot them. This means that I may have to make another tip hear during the monsoons.
Coming back to the birds, the entire river and adjacent water bodies were swarming with various types of water birds. It was getting increasingly frustrating as my 55-200mmm lens was just not enough for the occasion. I did what I could.
Some of them, such as the Bar Headed Geese are supposed to be migratory birds arriving here from central Asia.
But the most prominent birds out there seems to be the Ruddy Shelducks, another migratory species. They seemed to be entirely comfortable out there coexisting with other species such as Adjutant Storks and Cormorants.
Cormorants, both small and large varieties were aplenty and it was good to see some of them in action, plunging into the water to catch meal.
Apart from that there were Sandpipers, Egrets, Kingfishers and some others that I could not identify.
Couple of years ago at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, I could get closer to the birds and got better shots, thanks to the boatman. But I think I got more variety here at Dibru-Saikhowa. Winter is indeed a good time for bird watching in Assam. Even a lot of smaller water bodies also host migratory birds in the winter as they seek warmer weather and move out from the Arctic region. Sadly, illegal hunting of these birds do take place and this issue has to dealt with more seriousness and intent. Anyways, I will be back with details of visiting Dibru-Saikhowa next week. Till then, just enjoy some more birds.
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