Kangra Valley's Paddy Fields (Altitude 300 Mts): Monsoon (15 June to 30 August): Displays of Sarus Crane with its juveniles and nests of Cattle Egret in colonies can be seen in the paddy fields of the Valley and surrounding forests of this lush rural area. Indian Peafowl, the National Bird of India, can be seen in forests around the valley where it breeds. White-rumped Vulture (Red list Bird), Green Bee-eater, Spotted Forktail, Rock Bunting, Purple Sunbird, Rufous Treepie, Black Francolin, Shikra. All in all, this region holds a wealth of sightings for any bird enthusiast - in an area of extraordinary natural variety and beauty. Arvind Sharma is local to the area and an expert on the many birds that can be discovered in this area. He also has his own trust foundation called the Himalayan Nature Society (see www.hnsindia.com) and is an avid tour guide and would be able to provide a wonderful birding experience for anyone interested in visiting the area. Also for reference Birds of Kangra is a very informative book written by Jan Willem den Besten published by Moonpeak, Dharamsala.Aside from this every January/February there is a chance to take part in the Indian Government National Bird Census at Maharana Pratap Sagar Sanctuary (Pong Wetland) which is a 403 Sqr km lake that attracts annually a million+ migratory birds and has over 450 species listed. Some 200 volunteers are needed each year for 2 days of counting and recording and includes meals and accommodation in forest rest houses.