I visited the Tanda Dam Wildlife Park in Kohat, late
February 2002. I saw a pair of Black Storks, some Grey Herons, Egrets,
Waders and ducks of which I believe included a small flock of around 10
Tufted Ducks. Sadly I could not identify the other species. I would say
Tanda Dam is potentially a great place for bird watchers since its more
or less on the Khurram River migration route.
In March 2002 I visited Karachi and went to Manora. As I
walked along the beach a Frigate Bird flew above me.
In early April 2002 I visited Ziarat. I took a short walk
around the house of Jinnah and I saw a medium sized falcon, above. It
was dark in colour, but not a black. At Prospect Point I saw a medium
sized light grey bird of prey soaring. It appeared smaller than a
Buzzard and I assume it could have been a Short Toed Eagle.
In May 2002 I visited Parachinar where we took a short
walk into the mountains. High above – a bird circled close to one of the
peaks and landed. It was a large bird of prey – around the size of a
Golden Eagle. I could not identify it.
In May 2002 I visited Nathia Gali fom which I and a guide
trekked to the highest point, Miranjani. I saw 2 Koklass pheasants. At
one stage our trip was disturbed my a clash in the trees – I saw a
medium sized bird of prey, grey in color, chase another bird. I am
assuming it could be a female Goshawk, but they are not breeders in
We also saw another dark brown large bird of prey
circling – which appeared to be a Golden Eagle but could have easily
been a Vulture too.
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