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BHUTAN

Thursday 18th April - Sunday 5th May 2013

Eustace Barnes

Satyr Tragopan (Tour Participant Frank Hummel)

Satyr Tragopan (Tour Participant Frank Hummel)

Another magnificent country deserving of our attention, this diminutive Himalayan kingdom again provided a series of memorable spectacles rendering superlatives and such comparisons as may be made quite redundant. We recorded 377 bird species on the tour, 346 of these in Bhutan of which a mere 15 were heard only. The tour highlights, too many to recount all in a short paragraph did include great views of the critically endangered White-bellied Heron at one of its more regular haunts. We also enjoyed stunning views of several male and female Satyr Tragopans at Sengor feeding on the broad verges. On our first morning at Chele La we saw numerous magnificent Blood Pheasants and several Himalayan Monals. Elsewhere, other highlights included a superb Ward’s Trogon that put in an appearance early on, several magnificent Rufous-necked Hornbills, two pairs of the immaculate Long-tailed Broadbill, a superb Hooded Pitta that sang to us from high in a tree and a magnificent adult male Golden Bush Robin that sang in the snows at Thrumshing La, a stunning Beautiful Nuthatch that appeared at point blank range one wet morning below Morong and several pairs of Crimson-browed Finches. Although this was the fourteenth Birdquest tour to Bhutan we added seven species to the list, including a Brahminy Starling, a first for the country and a beautiful male Asian Paradise Flycatcher in his pearlescent attire.

Blood Pheasant (Tour Participant Frank Hummel)

Blood Pheasant (Tour Participant Frank Hummel)