Ibisbill has been
one of my must-see species since I was a teenager. I had long
considered travelling to Kazachstan just to see it but when my
girlfriend suggested Bhutan as a potential holiday destination I
immediately thought Ibisbill and the answer was a resounding yes. This
was one of the first species we saw in Bhutan and, for me at least,
worth the trip in itself. Ibisbill are an enigmatic wader which I first
found in the Helm's Shorebirds book - something I recieved for a
birthday present after it became clear that waders were going to be a
large part of the rest of my life.
We saw more Ibisbill very close to the capital city Thimphu.
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.
with a large and interesting insect the Ibisbill fished out of the
river - it doesn't look like any water dwelling insect I know of and
resembles a preying mantis.
A habitat shot - the Ibisbill were seen along the river in the
background of this photo.
MTwo of seven
Ibisbill seen along a short stretch of the Paro river, Bhutan,
14 November 2017
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