Middle of march is a good time to go birding for Himalayan birds. I have a special affection for them because of the variety and the bright colours of the Himalayan birds. These year I visited Zuluk in east Sikkim, with my trusty 500 mm. However, the weather was still cold and the rhododendron flowers haven't come to bloom, the altitude of the place being over 9000 ft from sea level. We drove down to lower altitudes and there were birds galore. Upon reaching Padamchen, the whole place was booming with bird calls. We came across at least twenty species of birds there. It was a joy to photograph the birds especially due to the lichen and moss laden perches. This is the photograph of a favourite bird of mine, the rusty flanked tree creeper which was climbing up tree trunks up to a certain height and then flying to the next tree and again climbing up. I waited until it climbed up a trunk with a thick coat of green lichen and a bit of moss and took the photograph. I thought that the green lichen and yellow moss laden trunk complimented the rusty yellow colour of the bird.
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