winter-visitor

Northern Shoveler

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Anas clypeata
Nepali Name:
बेल्चाठूँडे हाँस Belcha Thude Haans

Northern Shoveler
Jagadishpur Reservoir, Kapilvastu, Nepal. 110 m. 4 February, 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.
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Jagadishpur Reservoir, Kapilvastu, Nepal. 110 m. 5 February, 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.
Northern Shoveler female Bagmati Kathmandu Nepal Bird Photography
Chobhar, Kathmandu, Nepal. 1270m. 29 November, 2014. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Grey Heron

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Ardea cinerea
Nepali Name: फुस्रो बकुल्ला
Fusro Bakulla

Grey-headed Lapwing

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Vanellus cinereus
Nepali name: राज हुटीट्याउ (Raj Huttittyau)

Notes:
1. The Bagmati River by Chobhar is one of the best places in Nepal for these winter visitors. At least 150 individuals in a small stretch of the river during the current visit. November-January is the best time to see these birds here.
2. They congregate in huge flocks around 10 am.
3. Bonelli’s Eagle prey on these birds in this locality.

White Wagtail

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Motacilla alba
Nepali name: सेतो टिकटिके (Seto Tiktike)

Notes:
1. Communal roosters. Always found in the vicinity of water. Winter visitor.
2. As many as 6 subspecies recorded in Nepal.
3. Beautiful undulating flight.

Bar-headed Goose

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Anser indicus
Nepali Name: खोया हाँस (Khoyahaans)

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Jagadishpur Reservoir, Kapilvastu, Nepal. 110 m. 4 February, 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Notes:
1. One of the highest flying birds in the world with reports of flight over Everest at an altitude of 9,375m.
2. Rare passage migrant in the Kathmandu Valley.

Common Sandpiper

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Actitis hypoleucos
Nepali Name: चन्चले सुड्सुडीया (Chanchale Sudsudiya)

Notes:
1. In Bagmati River near Chobhar their numbers peaks during January.
2. Usually solitary.
3. Found in close proximity to the Green Sandpiper with which it is reported to interbreed.
4. Flies swiftly just above the surface of the water.