It was around six o’clock in an early October morning; darkness was still prevailing in the thick forest covers of both sides of the Himalayan village road through which we were approaching slowly following a Green Magpie’s call. For the last fifteen minutes it literally kept us busy being unaware of the other movement in the forest. Suddenly some movements on a tree trunk just beside the bamboo bush we were searching for the magpie grabbed my attention. ‘Oh! This is a Hoary bellied squirrel’. Immediately the snap was taken and it revealed the ‘Orange’ hue on the belly instead of the ‘Hoary’. The excitement picked up. This was rather an ‘Orange bellied Himalayan Squirrel’, which made our first day nature walk at Bungkulung a really memorable one.
(Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel)