Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area which is located in the Himalayan foothills of West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh. The sanctuary conjoins Sessa Orchid Sanctuary on the northeast and Pakhui Tiger Reserve, which cuts across the Kameng river in the east. Eaglenest is notable as a prime birding site due to its extraordinary variety, numbers and accessibility to different species.
The sanctuary gets its name from the Red Eagle Division of the Indian army which was posted in the area in the 1950s. With steep ridges, lazy streams and vibrant waterfalls, the sanctuary in the Eastern Himalayan region is India's own Shangri La. The sanctuary is managed by the Bugun tribe and is also a shining example of community-supported eco tourism.
At various altitude ranges which start from 500 m and go all the way up to 3000 m, different types of birds thrive here, making it a multi storied place where each floor opens up to different attractions.
The Location And Varieties
Located amid thick forest and beautiful vistas, the major draw here are the birds, some of which would be skulking and some bold; some colourful and some dull; most perky and restless and found only here and nowhere else in the country.
With 13 types of cuckoo and many species of the laughing thrush, more than two dozen types of babble and eight varieties of woodpecker awaiting to be discovered, more than 24 species of warbler, five types of sunbird and an energetic array of flycatchers can be seen here in the limitless treasure trove.
To take your breath away you have the chestnut-crowned warbler and the streak-breasted barwing along with the capturing images of a fulvetta or a yuhina which could rob you of your night's sleep. It would be baseless to say that the green tailed sunbird is predominant and the beautiful sibia lives up to its name.
The golden breasted fulvettas would give out a whole different meaning to the word vividness once and for all along with the bay woodpecker and the chestnut crowned laughing thrush which regale your aesthetic sense.
Further is the glorious rufous fronted tit which would make you erupt in uncontrollable joy and an unbridled admiration for the Himalayan cutia. The mixed flocks bring out all the action and as the insect activity grows, they all join forces to bring out various kinds of prey to the dinner table.
Near the Eaglenest Pass, amidst the magnolia and rhododendron trees filled with beautiful scenery are the grounds for exceptional sightings of the green backed tit and Mrs Gould's sunbird which would pose exceptionally well to the shutterbugs. Further ahead you would come across the spotted nutcracker and the crimson-breasted woodpecker, who stay in you memory for their loud calls.
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The Favour Of Fortune
Fortune may favour the dare devils, but in the hills fortune usually favours the hard workers. With perseverance and alert senses one can sight the streak-breasted scimitar babbler, the chestnut headed tesia and the pygm wren babbler.
To wrap it up, a glimpse of the coveted ward's trogon would give you the joy of receiving the Oscar award and would wash out all the tiredness of the trekking in an instant. Thus you would have an experience and enjoy the coming across of birds around bushes and trees. Along with the avian cries you would raise a toast to the residents of Eaglenest.