Mukteshwar is a quite hill township in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The small town is perhaps better known for the man-eating tigress that terrorized people in the neighboring villages in late 1920s and was killed by Jim Corbett in 1929. No tiger has visited Mukteshwar in recent years, however leopards are seen occasionally around IVRI forest reserve near the town. Jackals, mountain goats and various species of birds can be spotted around fruit orchards and forests of the area.
Mukteshwar is now a popular tourist destination in summer, known for the panoramic views of the Nandadevi and Trishul mountain range of the Himalayas. This part of Uttarakhand is also famous for fruit orchards of plums, apricots, apples, peaches and sweet lime. Known as the "fruit basket", Mukteshwar orchards send supplies all over India. Frequent visits to Mukteshwar for work in the last 1-2 years, have given me a chance to photograph the beautiful species of birds of the Himalayan ecosystem. Sharing pictures of a few of them that I could capture this spring season.
|Black and Orange flycatcher|
|Barn Swallow - It makes a new mud nest in the project site office every year.|
|Balck Throated Tit - A tiny bird, hunts for insects in bark of apple and plum trees on site.|
|Could be a Blue whistling thrush or a Eurasian blackbird. Can be seen checking steel reinforcements here :)|
|Grey caped pygmy woodpecker|
|Grey headed Canary Flycatcher|
|Verditer Flycatcher can be spotted easily in these parts|
|Black Lored Tit looks more like a stylish bulbul but can be easily distinguished by black streak across lores|
Hoping to capture images of other birds when I visit Mukteshwar next. More feathered friends coming soon. :D