Mukteshwar presents a fascinating landscape for Birdwatching with a mix of forested patches and orchards. The bird life here is as vibrant as it is diverse, ranging from the diminutive Warblers to the majestic Kalij Pheasants. Providing scope for the amateur as well as seasoned birdwatchers, this place throws up surprises of all colors and sounds.
Bringing in close to 2 decades of experience, the birding trails have been curated by Russell Fernandes, co-owner and founder of Fox Trails wildlife travel. From being a consultant for international award winning films to having images represented in publications such as Lonely Planet magazine, his expertise is the bedrock for the exciting trails which promise that your walk in the woods will never be the same again.
Take a walk along the village connecting trails of Mukteshwar and say hello to your neighbors. Not just the hard working Kumaoni, but also a variety of Thrushes which will present you with eye level opportunities to witness their antics.
Look for the bold stares of the Streaked Laughing Thrush or wait for the gaggling calls of the White Throated Laughing Thrushes to enthrall you. If luck is on your side, watch the magnificent crown feathers of the Striated Laughing Thrush open up for a regal pose.
In the Shikaar days of yore, Pheasants were the sought after game. While the camera has replaced the gun, the bird remains the most sought after.
Go on a trail that takes you up gentle slopes as you approach the scrub forests where these birds forage around. And if you’re patient enough, get rewarded with the sight of the male Kalij Pheasant in all it’s shimmering glory.
Redstart on the Rocks
Take the trail past rock pools and gentle streams as you have fluttering Redstarts for company. Don’t miss the antics of the Wagtails as they strike a pose that would put any supermodel to shame.
Towards the end of the trail, you can decide if you’d like to take a dip in the emerald waters or continue looking for more species such as the Brown Dipper or Great Barbet.