North-East (Wild LIfe)
Naga Wren babbler (Spelaeornis chocolatinus) is believed to be found only in Nagaland in India. A rare birds species who prefers to inhabit in the moist and thick undergrowth of tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.
The long-eared owl (Asio otus), had been photographically recorded in the year 2015 by myself and Run Bhuyan for the first time in Arunachal Pradesh and probably for the North-East. This is also a rarely photographed species in India.
The bar-winged wren-babbler (Spelaeornis troglodytoides) is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family. A high altitude bird found in India, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. It was shot in Arunachal Pradesh.
Lesser rufous-headed parrotbill (Chleuasicus atrosuperciliaris), is a species of parrotbill in the family Sylviidae. This little sized bird is relatively shy and often seen in high altitude forests of Arunachal Pradesh in North-East India. I call it "Jewel of the Evergreen forest". Its difficult to get good photograph of this species due to its shy behavior. It stays in large heard and feeds in habitats where different bamboo species have dominant presence.
Hodgson's frogmouth (Batrachostomus hodgsoni) is a species named after the British naturalist Brian Houghton Hodgson. This unique bird species can be briefly found in Tropical Evergreen forests of Arunachal Pradesh in India.
Hodgson's treecreeper (Certhia hodgsoni), is a small passerine bird. This species can be found in the high altitude habitats of Arunachal Pradesh like Mandala, Sela-pass etc of West Arunachal. A small sized bird having the similar habits of woodpeckers. This one is relatively uncommon than other Tree-creeper species.
The white-throated dipper (Cinclus cinclus), is an aquatic passerine bird found in Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Arunachal Pradesh has most suitable habitat for this species. I saw this species twice in AP. Once during winters in Sela-pass and this photograph was shot in Sangetsar Lake while it was breeding somewhere in that area during monsoons. Its a high altitude bird and in both occasions I saw it in habitats of above 12000 feet.
The Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis) is a relatively rarely seen and a vulnerable species. Once a regular winter visitor to various parts of Arunachal Pradesh and subsequently restricted its visit only to Shangti Valley, it was last seen in 2015 in that valley after a gap of 8 years. Since then the valley has no report with its visit. In Nov 2019, latest photographic record has come from another part of West Kemang district about arrival of this species to spend the Winter. This large size bird is suffering from habitat loss and climate degradation.
"Blood in the Rain"- That is what I have named this photograph. The blood pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) is one of the prettiest (specially the male) high altitude birds for me. This is one of the common species of Eastern Himalayas. Sela-Pass of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the suitable places where it can be seen. I shot this image while traveling to Sela-pass and got only few seconds to react after getting down from the vehicle. Anticipation and camera settings are keys to photograph birds in North-Eastern States.
The slaty-blue flycatcher (Ficedula tricolor). In most part of the Nagaland the behavior of most bird species are shy and they dont come to open often. But khonoma is one of the exceptions with a very good wild-life diversity. If someone gives ample time and decide to sit near to any forest patch after crossing the Khonoma village, there is always a good possibility to hear and see some amazing birds.
Spot-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis)is a relatively uncommon species of bird which is found in a range of 1000 to 2100 MSL. In North-East, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram are recorded with this species. Dzuleke is a village located 17 kilometers away from green village Khonoma, Nagaland. This bird was photographed in Dzuleke a few years back.
Arunachal macaque (Macaca munzala) a primate species endemic to Arunachal pradesh. It was discovered in 1997 and declared as new specie of primate in 2004. Locally it is known as Munzala as named by the Monpa tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Munzala means "monkey of deep forest". From Dirang to Tawang it can be seen easily. Behind Tawang monastery a large population of this species are often seen,
Mishmi Wren Babbler or rusty-throated wren-babbler (Spelaeornis badeigularis) is a species endemic to Mishmi hills Arunachal Pradesh. Its a bird species treat to the eyes with a beautiful call. The evergreen forests of Arunachal Pradesh is home to many endemic flora and fauna. This species resides at an altitude more than 1800 meters above sea level. Every year a large number of bird watchers visit Mishmi hills having this key species a target.
If you are near to Sela-Pass and having a look at the golden brown stone covered terrain, you need to put your hawk eyes on to spot this species camouflaging therein. Even when they are very close to you, its becomes almost impossible to spot them due to their colour. They are snow partridge (Lerwa lerwa), a target bird species for every bird watchers.
The hill blue flycatcher (Cyornis whitei) is a species of flycatcher relatively uncommon to see.
Rufous Throated Wren Babbler
Black Throated Parro-bil
Rufous Winged Fulveta
Green Tailed Sunbird
Fire tailed Sunbird
Golden Breasted Fulveta
Rufous headed babbler
Yellow Cheeked tit
Yellow rumped Honey guide
Black faced Warbler