Tracking Of The Blood Pheasant
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Tracking Of The Blood Pheasant

Tracking Of The Blood Pheasant

It was not easy at all, hope and despair were dangling like a rollercoaster inside me…

After three unsuccessful attempts in heavy weather and snowfall for two days, I finally had the chance to witness the majestic Blood Pheasant at 13000 feet in the high altitude of East Sikkim, near Gnathang Valley. It was a dream come true for me as a wildlife photographer.

On the fourth attempt, after reaching the area at six am; traveling through some treacherous mountain bends covered in thick snow (thanks to Aita Lukxam for excellent driving skills), I trekked and walked for one and a half hours in freezing cold, hoping to catch a glimpse of this elusive bird. Eventually, after reaching a rocky outcrop, I saw a flash of red darting across the rocks and moss. It was the Blood Pheasant !!!!!!

Blood partridge

I froze, not wanting to scare it away. I slowly lifted my camera and zoomed in, trying to capture every detail of its vibrant plumage. It was breathtaking to see this bird in its natural habitat, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and pristine alpine forest.
As I watched it move gracefully. This was the moment I had been waiting for, and it was worth every failed attempt.

The sighting of the Blood Pheasant in its natural habitat will be etched in my memory forever.
The sighting was not possible without the help, encouragement, and stubbornness of Sandeep Ramz, my bird guide. My heartfelt thanks to Sandeep…

In frame …
The Blood pheasant, also known as Blood partridge, was the national bird of the former Kingdom of Sikkim and remains the state bird of Sikkim till date.

Me… after the adrenalin rush slowed down.
April 2023…

 

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Dr. Subhamoy Chatterjee
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