Marveling at every second creature I spot, including people, while my fellow travelers roll their eyes at me, is what makes my journey worthwhile. Wildlife watching is how I get high while traveling. I gradually grew as a traveler, as my love for feeling a place and observing the creatures that inhabit this beautiful planet took over the need for just being at a new place.
Through the journey, I realized how smaller than small I am, yet so privileged to be to part of a such a spectacle. In this post, I refrain from rambling, for I’m not only feeling lazy but also feeling very lazy. Besides, a picture is worth a thousand words and I have fourteen thousand words to show. I found all these beautiful animals while traveling without actually planning to find them.
Here’s what I found wildlife watching:
Mr Griffon was entertaining his guests of honor, Ravens.
Found this beauty, perhaps a Himalayan pit viper (Gloydius himalayans), in Nainital.
My excitement is hard to contain every time I sight a Yak in the Himalayas. I have a feeling I might have a mini heart attack if I sight a Snow Leopard.
Yak calves. I nearly lost my trek mates awwww….ing over these cuties.
Read about why the Himalayas are so addictive here.
Ashy Woodswallows spotted them in Pathiripala, Kerala, while I was visiting a friend.
Perhaps a Loggerhead. While traveling in Sri Lanka, bumped into a Turtle hatchery and found this little fellow. And Sri Lanka is full of Turtle hatcheries and rescue centers. It was so heartening to see them take care of the Turtles so well.
My joy knows no bounds every time I sight a horse, especially in the wild. This was in Ooty and a trip to Ooty is incomplete without sighting a horse I suppose.
I found these fabulous looking horses living at an altitude of 11,545 ft., in Manang, Nepal, eating noodles and vegetables passionately. They belong to a restaurateur, so they get to eat all the leftovers and they eat it heartily and disappear into the snow mountains!
Seagulls, although they are ubiquitous in coastal regions, I still get excited when I see them up-close.
European common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) found her in Tallinn, Estonia.
I never thought I will manage to find a snake in Europe, for there are only a handful of snake species found in Europe. When I saw a few European Grass snakes (Natrix Natrix) along a shore in Riga, Latvia I nearly fainted. I even saw a few road kills.
Did you know that, Nepalis worship Dogs on the second day of Tihar (Diwali) festival? I’m not sure if they enjoy the attention, but they look so adorable.
Wildlife watching, even if it means birdwatching, is an important part of my travel and that’s what makes my trip complete.