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Royle's Pika

Ochotona roylei

Description:

This little lagomorph is chewing a plant root and another of its kind is sitting hidden under a rock to soak in some sunlight. They had built burrows all over the slope (in the last picture).

Habitat:

Dayara bugyal (bugyal means a high altitude meadow in local language). Dividing line between the central and the greater Himalayas.

Notes:

I went to this beautiful place perched at some 3050 mts above sea level in the lap of the Himalayas. The trek was tiring but worth the effort. Lovely grasslands stretched across the mountains covered with snow in patches. We camped there for a day with no other humans in a 10 km radius. The night sky was unforgettable with trillions of stars.

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61 Comments (1–25)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

Thanks, Gloria and armadeus.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 5 years ago

Wonderful spotting Harsha! Great pics. Thank you for sharing :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thank you, Matthijs.

Matthijs
Matthijs 6 years ago

Congrats Harsha ! Lovely!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thanks, Diganta.

DigantaGogoi
DigantaGogoi 6 years ago

wow congrats......!!!!!!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thank you, LandmarkExpert.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

congrats, NGSOTW well deserved

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thanks a lot Victoria.

victoria.vikspics
victoria.vikspics 6 years ago

congrats, such a little cutie! Beautiful series of images

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thank you. :)

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Congrats Harsha !

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thanks Rieko. I didn't know the importance of this day. Prayers for your father. Thank you, Toshimi.

ToshimiDowaki
ToshimiDowaki 6 years ago

Great series! Congratulations!

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

Congratulations Harsha. My father also passed away on May 5th.
May 5th is a national holiday in Japan. It is "Children's Day" for boys.
So, I can always cerebrate this day for my father too.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thank you, EnvUnlimited, AkhilRokade, lower-school-science39 and thanks a lot, Adarsha. :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Congrats Harsha...so lovely spottin....:) am proud of you :)

So cute!

AkhilRokade
AkhilRokade 6 years ago

super

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Diganta and Stephen, thank you.

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 6 years ago

very nice images

DigantaGogoi
DigantaGogoi 6 years ago

congrats......!!!!!!!!!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thanks Yuko. Thanks Kranti.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 6 years ago

Congratulation Harsha! Well-deserved honor for this lovely & special series. And so sorry for your loss.

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 6 years ago

Congrats !! its really sweet

Harsha Singh
Spotted by
Harsha Singh

Himachal Pradesh, India

Lat: 32.50, Long: 76.50

Spotted on Apr 30, 2013
Submitted on May 3, 2013

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