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EAGLENEST & BEYOND

Friday 17th April - Sunday 3rd May 2015

Craig Robson

Spotted Laughingthrush (Craig Robson)

Spotted Laughingthrush (Craig Robson)

The list of rare and mysterious new birds in this remote corner of the Indian subcontinent seems almost endless, but after our latest travels in the region we had certainly done much more than simply scratch the surface. Ward's Trogon, which was voted bird of the trip, epitomizes the mystery and challenge, not to mention excitement, that comes with eastern Himalayan birding; and in this case the thrill of the chase. At Orang National Park our recent efforts really bore fruit this year, with the sighting of four rare and little known grassland species: Swamp Francolin, Bristled Grassbird, the mega-rare Indian Grassbird, and Slender-billed Babbler. Some of the other main avian highlights this year were White-winged Duck, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Blood Pheasant, both Temminck’s and Blyth's Tragopans, Himalayan Monal, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Broad-billed Warbler, Bugun Liocichla, Long-billed, Bar-winged, and Rufous-throated Wren-babblers, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, Ludlow’s Fulvetta, White-hooded Babbler, Brown, Pale-billed and White-breasted Parrotbills, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Spotted Elachura, Grandala, Tibetan Blackbird, Brandt’s Mountain Finch, Tibetan Serin, and Scarlet and Gold-naped Finches. Our best mammals were Indian Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant and Blue Sheep. The weather was cloudier and wetter than in 2014 but, despite losing some time due to poor weather, we still tallied an impressive 443 species.

Ward's Trogon (Craig Robson)

Ward's Trogon (Craig Robson)