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Himalayan Monal - Glansfasan - Lophophorus impejanus

Himalayan Monal at Bumbdrak Campsite, Bhutan, November 2017
Himalayan Monal at the Bumdrak campsite, Bhutan, November 2017

Himalayan Monal are another speciality of Bhutan. The birds we saw were around the campsite at Bumdrak. They came out to feed in the evening as the light was going and I spent some time creeping around to try and obtain better photographs. I needn't have bothered as the guys who run the campsite regularly feed them - they called a few times, flung some rice on the ground and a male came right into the campsite. It was almost dark by this time so I had to use some very high ISO values - but WHAT A BIRD!

This is the field guide I took with me to Bhutan and India. Although I had heard that this guide may not be the best for Bhutan I had no complaints as it covered everything we saw.


Himalayan Monal at Bumbdrak Campsite, Bhutan, November 2017
One of the birds I spent some time crawling through the scrub to get close to....

Himalayan Monal and Alpine Accentor habitat shot, Bumbrak, Bhutan, November 2017
A habitat shot - showing the blue tents of the campsite around which the Himalayan Monal showed up. Alpine Accentors fed around the temple to the left of the campsite.
We walked up to the prayer flags at the summit pre-breakfast the following morning.


Himalayan Monal at Bumbdrak Campsite, Bhutan, November 2017
MClose-up of Himalayan Monal, Bhutan, 15 November 2017

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