The highlights at Corbett aren’t limited to the animals. The park is home to a mega population of birds, making it a unique destination to visit. One can find over 600 bird species in the core area of 500sqkms at Jim Corbett (National park). Exciting right? The best time for bird-watching will be from November to March, which is the perfect time for field observation of the birds – both regional and long-distance migrants.
The extensive avifauna includes, the Blue Robin, a small bird famous for its vivid colour; the Great Hornbill, a large bird with a very unique beak; the Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, known for its formidable appearance; and the ‘Old World’ Red-headed Vulture, to name a few. Rare exotic migratory birds and endangered species include: The Black-Crowned Night Heron from Eurasia; Cattle Egret that are native to Africa; the African White Storks that are extremely popular due to their mythological reputation as the ‘bringer of babies’; and the European Great White Pelican, to name a few.
Five Tips for Novices
Bird watching can be really exciting at Jim Corbett (National park), especially because you get to revel in the majestic surroundings of the beautiful Himalayan territory. The best time for bird-watching will be from November to March, which is the perfect time for field observation of the birds – both regional and long-distance migrants. The thick Sal forests, dense vegetation and the lush grasslands of the Indo-Gangetic plains provide the perfect setting for photography. When you visit Jim Corbett (National park) for birding, you can also unwind and relax at the beautiful Golden Tusk Resort, a luxury resort in Corbett National park.
Bird watching, commonly referred to as birding, requires a lot of patience and keen observation skills. Also, you would need to possess the willingness to let nature’s beauty overtake you for hours. Here are a few tips to get you started…
- Binoculars and Camera: Obviously you cannot get up close to birds, they would fly away! Therefore your enjoyment hugely depends on how they would look through your binoculars. It’s important to get a good pair for the adventure at hand. Keep your DSLR camera equipment handy. If you have the hefty budget, fixed aperture zoom lenses like the 200-400mm ƒ/4 would be the way to go. However, cheaper options like the 55-200mm ƒ/4.5-6.3 or the 70-200mm are good alternatives.
- Field Guide: You need to know where to go and what to look for. Thus, field guides are important. In short, field guides are books describing various species of birds along with pictures, and a few ‘fun tips’ to identify them. The Jim Corbett hotels that you are staying at will help get you a copy, or you can find one at the bookstores at Jim Corbett (National park). There are also digital guides / apps that you can use, which have become very popular these days.
- Bird Feeders: “Birds of a feather flock together.” Ideally, you need them to flock, so that you would be able to get a good look at them. Bird feeders essentially get this job done. Birds like seeds like sunflower, pumpkin or even millets.
- Get the Group: While birding can be a rather satisfying solo activity, it could also be a fun activity to go with a group of like-minded people. Make connections on social media for bird watching at Jim Corbett (National park), so that you have the company to match the adventure.
- Make a list: Lastly, it’s a good idea to maintain a diary, what you have seen, and what you want to see. It’s terribly easy to do, and absolutely worth it!
Jim Corbett (National park) is home to spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife. Thousands of tourists visit the park every year to take an adventurous jungle safari and also to catch a glimpse of the majestic tiger. That is why Jim Corbett hotels are flooded with tourists throughout the year. The Golden Tusk is a luxury resort in Corbett National park, with patrons from around the world.