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Sunday 1st February - Thursday 12th February 2015
Once again Tiger took the lead role on this very popular, highly successful tour, although proving more elusive than usual due to a combination of factors, but eventually we had one great sighting. Luckily things look better for next year's tour as there were several females with small cubs in Bandhavgarh, and, by the time of our next visit, the then 15-18 month old youngsters should be easy to find. However, this short tour has so much else to offer in addition to Tiger including lots of great birds and mammals, places of great natural beauty, extraordinarily beautiful buildings and the colourful, always interesting, everyday life of the Indian people themselves. In addition to an amazing eyeball to eyeball encounter with a female Tiger, other non-avian highlights included an excellent sighting of a male Leopard, which is very difficult to see at Bandhavgarh, a Ganges River Dolphin, a couple of Common Palm Civets, two Jungle Cats, Blackbucks, Indian Gazelle, Indian Muntjac, Nilgai, many Spotted Deer and Sambar, prehistoric looking Gharials and the nasty looking Indian Mugger. The number of bird species recorded on this tour was 265 including such highlights as a small group of the increasingly scarce Indian Skimmers at the Chambal River, close views of Black-necked Storks, Sarus Cranes, Great White and Dalmatian Pelicans, excellent encounters with Painted and Red Spurfowls, a covey of showy Jungle Bush-quails, a good showing of vultures including the critically endangered Red-headed, Indian and White-backed Vultures, Greater Spotted Eagle, several Crested Hawk-Eagles and White-eyed Buzzards, five species of owl including the very handsome Mottled Wood and the majestic Brown Fish, Brown Crake, the threatened Black-bellied Tern, a large and noisy group of Malabar Pied Hornbills, Sirkeer Malkoha, Indian White-rumped Spinetail, and a good selection of passerines including six species of prinia and six species of pipit, Tickell's and Orange-headed Thrushes, both Jerdon's and Gold-fronted Leafbirds, a gorgeous white morph Asian Paradise Flycatcher and the subtly attractive Sind Sparrow.