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 part of 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 sixteen 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 travelling in Sri Lanka, bumped into a Turtle hatchery and found this little fellow. And Sri Lanka is full of Turtle hatcheries and rescue centres. It was so heartening to see them care for turtles.
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, passionately eating noodles and vegetables. 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.
This Asian Openbill Stork is from a trip I made to Ranganathittu bird sanctuary. The bird sanctuary is a breeding ground for many birds such as Asian Openbill Storks, Common Spoon Bills, Spot-billed Pelicans among others. Read more about the sanctuary here.
I went sailing in Andijk, the Netherlands and I spent hours with a family of Crested Grebes. I watched the parents feed the three eternally hungry chicks. This turned out to be one of the best parts of my trip.
Wildlife watching, even if it means birdwatching, is an important part of my travels and that’s what makes my trip complete.