Despite its relatively small size, Nepal boasts nearly 9% of the total bird species found worldwide. According to Bird Conservation Nepal, 886 species of birds have been recorded in the country.
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.
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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: