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Friday 18th April - Sunday 4th May 2014
As usual, there were many, many highlights during our latest tour, with some of the most memorable being: Greater Adjutant, Fulvous Whistling and White-winged Ducks, Snow Partridge, Blood Pheasant, Temminck’s Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Black-tailed Crake, Long-billed Plover, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Hooded Pitta, Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Spotted Elachura (or Wren-babbler), Grandala, Green and Purple Cochoas, Large Blue Flycatcher, Bugun Liocichla, Bhutan, Rufous-chinned, Spotted and Scaly Laughingthrushes, Long-billed, Bar-winged, and Rufous-throated Wren-babblers, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, Golden-breasted and Ludlow’s (or Brown-throated) Fulvettas, Slender-billed Babbler, Brown, Grey-headed, Grey-breasted, Pale-billed (or Lesser Rufous-headed) and White-breasted Parrotbills, Broad-billed and White-spectacled Warblers, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Brandt’s Mountain Finch, and Scarlet and Gold-naped Finches. Rarities included a Bay-backed Shrike and a Common Chiffchaff along the Mandala. Our best mammals were Marbled Cat, the recently described Arunachal Macaque, Indian Rhinoceros and Asian Elephant. The weather was largely dry and warm to hot throughout, and the breeding season of the mid to lower elevation species seemed relatively well progressed. Our trip total for birds, a record, was a massive 453 species.