Monday 24th May 1982: Kyangjin glacier and valley (11 miles)
I was up and out early. The views around Kyangjin were wonderful and I took a few photos. I returned for breakfast then walked up to the Kyangjin glacier on my own. It was nice but there were few birds there. I returned for an early lunch and then walked up the valley towards the Tibetan border (probably without getting very close to it). I counted 24 Ibisbills along the Langtang Khola on the way back. The river was very braided at this point which seemed to be to their liking. My quiet day contrasted with Dave's, who got back from climbing high up the other side of valley towards Kangja La where he'd seen 21 Snow Partridges. Nick had gone further down the valley and seen a female White-bellied Redstart, both would be new birds for me. Still there is always tomorrow, or the next day ...
Birds recorded: Tibetan Snowcock h, Ibisbill 24, Snow Pigeon 50, Cuckoo 1, Olive-backed Pipit 8, Rosy Pipit 100, Black-backed Wagtail 10, Brown Dipper 1, Rufous-breasted Accentor 10, Blue-fronted Redstart 30, River Chat 10, Blue Whistling Thrush 4, Greenish Warbler 1, Tickell’s Warbler 12, Alpine Chough 80, Large-billed Crow 4, Hodgson’s Mountain Finch 30, Beautiful Rosefinch 3.
|waiting for the early morning sun at Kyangjin|
|Kyangjin glacier, any ideas of an early morning swim were soon dismissed|
|small avalanche on Langtang Lirjung|
|Upper Langtang Valley at Kyangjin, ideal habitat for Ibisbill|
|Tickell's Warbler at Kyangjin|
|Ibisbill, as brilliant as ever|
|one of 24 seen today|
|clouds coming in|
|small village of Kyangjin, being end of season this was about as lively as it got!|