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Photographing Himalayan Birds - November 2010

Camp Forktail Creek - Location!

A very long time ago my late friend KN in his wisdom had mentioned this place to me. I had passed the area in 2003 on my first visit to Corbett but missed visiting this place. This time when Ranganath Badri (he had stayed here before) called to find out my plans for November, I had no hesitation in accepting his proposal to visit Corbett and stay at “Camp Forktail Creek”. It turned out to be one of the best places I have visited for Photographing Birds in India!

On our way to Dhikala, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand.

15th to 23rd November 2010. Kulashekara CS, Ranganath Badri, Nishanth Badri and myself thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, hospitality and calmness of the camp. The main intent of the trip was to photograph Himalayan Birds, though we did make an overnight trip into the “Corbett National Park” in search of tigers, and found a leopard instead!


"Chai" anytime at this on camp dhaba!

Minakshi and Ritish run this wonderful place about 300 kms from the New Delhi airport. Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, a bit away from the busy town of Ramnagar, the location of the camp itself is a great advantage for bird lovers. The hosts have made the camp even more attractive to bird photographers by nurturing a bird friendly atmosphere. Ritish himself is a great birder and has in-depth knowledge of the birds found in the area. Minakshi is soft-spoken and efficient. Ritish (once you get to know him) is unassuming, full of wit and is always ready to help. Together they make great hosts and are extremely sensitive to the needs of the guests.

Minakshi and Ritish at "The Thatch"!

In short, we were able to make decent images of about fifty species of birds by wandering in and around the camp itself! Any bird photographer will not regret spending a few days in this camp during the winter season starting in November and peeking in February. 

visit www.indiabirds.com for bird images...

Vijay Cavale
November, 2010