Wildlife watching is how I get high on traveling

By Mamta Naidu
Jul 23rd, 2016
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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 on 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 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:

Himalayan griffon around our campsite in  Rupkund.  I was so excited when I saw at least Six griffons owing to a cattle carcass close to the camp.

Wildlife Watching

Mr Griffon was entertaining his guests of honor,  Ravens.

Wildlife Watching

Found this beauty, perhaps a Himalayan pit viper (Gloydius himalayans), in Nainital.

Wildlife Watching

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.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Yak calves. I nearly lost my trek mates awwww….ing over these cuties.

Wildlife Watching

Read about why the Himalayas are so addictive here.

Ashy Woodswallows spotted them in Pathiripala, Kerala, while I was visiting a friend.

Wildlife Watching

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.

Wildlife Watching

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.

Loggerhead

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!

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Seagulls, although they are ubiquitous in coastal regions, I still get excited when I see them up-close.

Wildlife Watching

European common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) found her in Tallinn, Estonia.

Wildlife Watching

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.

Wildlife Watching

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

Wildlife watching, even if it means birdwatching, is an important part of my travel and that’s what makes my trip complete. 

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