Kochi photographer spots enthralling Snow Pigeon
Rantel Pereira, a young wildlife photographer from Kochi, was trekking Himalayan heights for the dazzling and metallic Himalayan Monal bird when he stumbled upon a rarely sighted bird called Snow Pigeon.
He was literally thrilled with his finding at an altitude of 3000 feet in Bhutan.
When it snows, the bird's body merges with the white surroundings and newcomers would find it hard to spot it. But, the meticulous guides would easily point out the bird to the excitement of photographers.
“In the arduous trek it was indeed a great relief,” he said. Just a shot was there and by the time the bird fluffed its wings and disappeared.
Sometimes the bird’s frequent grassy patches could be easily spotted.
The bird has a black head and when it snows, it may look like a flower bud. Their body is grey with white patches and the tail is black. They are fond of rocks and crevasses and their nest can be found in such locations.
These birds can be spotted in many Himalayan regions of India, Bhutan, China and many other Asian countries. They are found fairly good in numbers.