While Nepal's bird numbers have been declining due to habitat loss and the impact of climate change among other factors, COVID-19 restrictions have caused a reduction in pollution and created a favourable environment for birds. According to studies, the lockdown has coincided with the main mating season for many urban birds, and photographers, both amateur and professional, are sharing a glimpse of what they are seeing from their backyards.
Mira Dhakal, an amateur photographer, has been sharing her photos with the hashtag #TheJoyOfSmallThings on Twitter. Inspired by her mother’s skill at creating photos in her family's photo studio, she started capturing birds through her camera five years ago.
#DiaryOfABirder #BirdWatching #Birding #BirdPhotography
ID: Long-tailed Shrike (भद्राई) , Oriental White-Eye (कांकीर), Spotted Dove (कुर्ले ढुकुर), Oriental Magpie Robin (धोबीनी) pic.twitter.com/w9ZqsNpMYa
— दोस्रो दर्जाकी Mira Dhakal (@dhakalmira) May 10, 2020
#BirdPhotography #Birding #BirdsOfPokhara #TheJoyOfSmallThings #NaturePhotography #DiaryOfABirder #NatureWalk #Birds #BirdsOfNepal
IDs: Could not track?, Red-vented Bulbul, Long Tailed Shrike, RoseRinged Parakeet pic.twitter.com/ZvK0Je32X1
— दोस्रो दर्जाकी Mira Dhakal (@dhakalmira) March 15, 2020
In an email conversation with Global Voices author Sanjib Chaudhary, Dhakal said:
When I click birds, I feel as beautiful and as free as birds. […] When I started bird photography, I started seeing bird everywhere and listening to them every now and then. I can notice beautiful birds and their nests even from a moving vehicle. […] Birds are lively, they are intense and they create such a joy.
Here are some of the birds Dhakal has captured on camera: