Gradually gaining height, we were soon ticking off birds including Himalayan bluetail, Bhutan laughuingthrush and streak-breasted scimitar babbler.
|Central heating Indian style!|
As we huddled around the glowing woodburner we marvelled at their resilience to live so high in a wooden hut. The house was built on stilts and the gaps in the floorboards were large enough to see right through to the ground beneath! We were soon supplied with tea and they made us chilli-laden omelettes on the top of the woodburner. We had a very jolly time trying to make ourselves understood and though they did not ask, I gladly gave them some rupees for their hospitality.
Amongst many others, spotted laughingthrush, Blandford's rosefinch and nutcracker were added to the list as we made our way down to the Sangti valley.
|Searching for the cranes and crakes|
We arrived back at the hotel as dusk fell and enjoyed an Italian meal (Indian style!) for dinner. A group of French birders were staying at the hotel now and we swapped a few stories with them in pigeon French.
After the check list, we joked with Abid about having a lie in.''No way....it’s off up the Sela Pass tomorrow and we need a very early start!"
Little did we know that one of the best and most memorable days of our lives was just a few hours away! See you for pre-breakfast brew at 3.30am!!!
Here are the images from the rest of today.