Welcome to Birdquest
Sunday 5th February - Thursday 16th February 2012
Once again Tigers played the leading role on this highly successful tour running for its eight successive year. This year we encountered five different Tigers including really amazing close-up views, down to three meters, of two 15 month old brothers, and enjoyed an exceptionally long Elephant ride tracking down an elusive adult female Tiger, which eventually settled down and showed brilliantly. Other non-avian highlights included a relatively confiding, rather photogenic Jungle Cat, Ganges River Dolphin, Common Palm Civet, the magnificent Gaur, which is now being re-introduced at Bandhavgarh, Ruddy Mongoose, the difficult to see Chinkara or Indian Gazelle, many strange looking Gharials and some Muggers complete with their nasty grins. The number of bird species recorded was 249, and included such great species as a large flock of the increasingly scarce Indian Skimmer, majestically ugly Lesser Adjutants, several Black-necked Storks, great views of a family of Sarus Cranes, good looks at a pair of Painted Spurfowls, several Jungle Bush Quails, Indian Black Ibis, handsome Bar-headed Goose, Red-headed, Indian and White-backed Vultures, all nowadays considered critically endangered, noisy and very confiding Crested Hawk-Eagles, many White-eyed Buzzards, Great and Indian Thick-knees, Yellow-wattled Lapwings, the threatened Black-bellied Tern, a pair of Painted Sandgrouse, a new bird for the itinerary, magnificent Brown Fish and Mottled Wood Owls, many Jungle Owlets and sleepy Indian Scops Owls, Jerdon’s and Gold-fronted Leafbirds, confiding Orange-headed, Tickell’s and Small-billed Scaly Thrushes, a small flock of Sind Sparrows, another new bird for the itinerary, and a very showy White-rumped Shama.
In addition to magnificent Tigers and great birds there is much else to see on this exciting, but relatively easy tour with areas of great natural beauty, some extraordinarily beautiful buildings and the colourful, always interesting, everyday life of the people of India.