Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rinchenpong again (PartII)

29th May 2010

The morning was cloudy, so we couldn’t get any view of Mt K and the other snow peaks of Himalayas. We met the other family, boarded in room No 251, originally who booked Room 252, and whom D.K. shifted to Room 251 to provide us room 252. After tea, we together walked to Kaluk , three KM from Rinchenpong from there, after another round of black tea we got a service jeep to Dentam to reach Bermiok, another picturesque small hamlet of West Sikkim. We explored that small area by walking and then returned to Rinchenpong again. After lunch myselg, along with Ankita trekked to Yungsom, a small village, two KM from Rinchenpong to meet our another friend Mr. Dawa Lepcha. Mr. Lepcha was busy in his farm which includes sericulture an vine yard. I delivered him the photographs , taken during our previous trip, returned to Rinchenpong again And spend the afternoon photographing Barn Swallow

Cloudy morning at Rinchenpong

On the way to Kaluk

Bermiok Market

Bermiok Post office

Dawa Lepcha in his sericulture farm

Vine yard in Lepcha's farm

Carpet weaving at Rinchenpong handicraft centre

Work at Rinchenpong handicraft centre

Barn swallow (male)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is a common in Northern and Eastern parts of India. This bird is found in wetlands and cultivated lands.

Order: PASSERIFORMES Family: Hirundinidae Size: 18 cm.

Barn Swallow is a graceful small bird and is named so for its affinity for the old wooden barns once found on many farms. Swallows are sociable and often gather in large flocks of different species. They spend a great deal of their time in the air; nearly all of their food is captured on the wing. They are a familiar sight in rural areas, following the farmers as they plough and catching the insects stirred up by their progress.

Both males and females share in the construction of the nest which sometimes takes the two birds eight full 14-hour days to complete. The nests are usually constructed of mud mixed with straw, grasses, or horsehair, and cemented to the vertical surfaces of old beams or rafters. Where a flat surface or crevice is available, the cement is omitted.

Identification: Male - Upper parts iridescent blue-black; forehead, throat and upper breast, rufous chestnut; rest of under-parts buff; tail deeply forked, with white spots near tip of all but central feathers. Female - Similar but under-parts paler and tail less forked.

I Saw this birds many places in India , but could never took it's photograph. They didn't allow me to press the shutter, as they rarely sit in a particular place, always flew away before I could focus at them. During my last trip to Rinchenpong, West Sikkim, I found that they are building nests in some shops.But even then I couldn't take a single shot. But my latest trip to the same place in June, I got plenty of chances to shot this beautiful bird.

Love in wire at Rinchenpong

Rinchenpong again ( Part III)

Rinchenpong : The unexplored Sikkim

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