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Notes from the North East - Wakro

June 18, 2013
24th May 2012
We decided to take a chance at birding inspite of the showers the previous night and a cloudy morning ahead. There were plenty of Ashy Wood Swallows swooping above the circuit house with their squeaky calls...
 
A little ahead this colorful insect was basking itself on a bridge of a small stream

Striated bulbuls were in plenty everywhere in Wakro

Lush greenery around the hills due to rains gave a beautiful feeling to be around there
 
Pin-tailed pigeon seemed to be waiting for sunshine
 
Degradation of the forests can seen everywhere which has also brought in huge migrant labour population from other states to Arunachal Pradesh.They are employed as labourers in the tea gardens or orange orchards everywhere. In fact at few of the places we saw more non Arunachalis than the locals

One more birding spot marked

When birds weren't plenty you start aiming your cameras at the butterflies..:-)
 
This fellow was curious about the strangers in his land and that was definitely not a friendly look!!

Sad truth about how packaging of what we consume is affecting everyone's life
 
We drove little ahead to Parashuram Kund as the rains did not allow us much birding.

Situated at the deep gorge of river Lohit, the entire area around Prashuram Kund is very windy.No wonder this Horizontal  Axis Wind Turbine seemed to be working really well

Hornbills love this fruit, but did not see any at that time

There were two of the HAWTs there...for some strange reason they looked like a couple, one was silent and the other was full throttle ..:-)

This beauty made me chase for long time before settling down on the leaf

Lohit seem to be flowing ...but isn't as happy as I had seen it in the year 2002.  The construction and excavation have ruined the unique geographical features as a result of the work on the dam, as well as a bridge a few hundred meters away

Malayan giant squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) seemed oblivious about our presence
Just a board without a single soul around...

The rocky outcrop is supposed to be the axe of Parashuram

The setting was beautiful. But was longing for hot cup of tea. Hence, crossed over the bridge and found a tiny shop run by a Nepali to enjoy the tea
 
Saw this cutie waiting for someone
 
Being not really a very religious person, I was happy to see the kund from afar..
 
We returned to Wakro and as planned met "Uncle Moosa" at his Apne library ..more on this very inspiring person will be posted soon on this blog soon..
 
We were to meet again, but never mind one group photo..:-) 
 
We decided to check on the routes for Kamlang .We could not but admire this beautiful Mishmi dwelling on our way...
 
The typical frontal roof of the Mishmi House
 
The brother n sister were chooo chweet and enjoying their school vacation time.
 
uuuuhhhhh look at that sweet smile when we requested her to do pose.
 
At a closeby house saw the well preserved Mithun remnants
 
The fruit resembled Brinjal  

When the clouds cleared a bit, butterflies started showing up
 

 A wide variety of wildflowers can also seen around the place.
 
Emerald dove was pacing across the road. You can see these birds all over Arunachal


Love the pink of the wild banana flower 

 It was time to return back to the circuit house 
The entire landscape was mesmerizing in the setting sun.We decided to explore this beautiful spot again the next day day and finally drove back to the circuit house to retire for the day...

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