After two nights in a tent out in a dry rice field, we moved to the Indian border and stayed in more secure tent on a platform.
As we birded at the second site, the support crew went ahead of us to scout for a place to camp, unfortunately in Nganglam, there were little flat areas, and the place they had used before was used for construction, as we ate lunch that day, we still did not know where we would be staying. We ate lunch in the parking lot of a Buddhist Crematorium of all places. There was fresh wood, but it was not currently being used.
|Not sure what was in the box in the prayer room nor what the nearly or naked women meant, and frankly we were afraid to ask too much.
Our lunches are impromptu affairs done in the middle of the road sometimes, the food excellent, the locations...unique.
North of town we saw our cook standing on the side of the road and we turned into someone's house. So using ingenuity, the support crew had spied a location flat enough to camp in, but it turned out to be the backyard of the CEO of the local plastic bag manufacturer, for the huge cement plant across the street. He was the interim CEO of that 600 person plant.
But the location had issues, besides the backyard being small
|Out group, local birding expert Dodji (far left), and the host family (front center right)
And....the stray dogs living on the street below barked, all night. The only thing louder than the cement factory, were the dogs. Oh, and the owners now had only one dog... as a leopard had taken their second dog a few weeks back...from their back yard. The owner decided it was best to leave the yard light on, and put in a new bulb before bedtime.
There were birds in this backyard....
|Best look at Red Headed trogan
|white throated kingfisher
We soon forgot about Camp Cement as we drove on a new road carved into the cliff of the mountains and in many places had had rock slides from the monsoon blocking it and now the debris flattened to drive over the top of. I was afraid to look over. Even the bridge between sections of thecrazy road was scary. We we met trucks I had to close my eyes and hope. We survived and I guess it was all in great fun....
|Ultra hard to see Slender billed scimitar-babbler
|Yellow billed blue magpie