Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A temple and a tip

Before travelling to Kolkata, this morning we visited Umananda, an island temple in the river off Guwahati. Birding here is never particularly thrilling and all I added to the yearlist were the first of countless hundreds of jungle babblers I should see over the next few weeks (in addition to the dingy, corpulent family of released golden langurs which lives here). On our way to Guwahati airport we called at the remarkable tip at Gorchuk where black kites swirl through the stench-ridden air and a huge chunk of the world population of greater adjutant storks picks through the mounds of rubbish beside immigrant families from Bangladesh. It’s a powerful last image to take from Assam.

New today


jungle babbler
Turdoides striatus

2012 Totals
Mammals: 29
Birds: 313
Reptiles: 2
Amphibians: 0
Fish: 0

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