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EAGLENEST & BEYOND

Saturday 20th April - Sunday 5th May 2013

CRAIG ROBSON

What a crippler! Temminck's Tragopan Craig Robson)

What a crippler! Temminck's Tragopan Craig Robson)

The seventh Birdquest to Eaglenest & Beyond was another great success. The weather perhaps being a little dryer than on recent visits, we managed to rack-up an enormous 446 species. As usual, there were many, many highlights, with some of the more conspicuous being: a gathering of over 600 Greater Adjutants at Guwahati, three White-winged Ducks, great views of eight Blood Pheasants, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, two incredible male Temminck’s Tragopans (including one in a tree above us for twenty minutes), two scrapping male Himalayan Monals, a fearless duetting pair of Black-tailed Crakes, a foraging pair of Ward’s Trogons that we followed inside the forest, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Maroon-backed Accentor, close views of stunning Grandalas, scope views of both Green and Purple Cochoas, Large Blue Flycatcher, the rare Bugun Liocichla, Bhutan, Rufous-vented and Spotted Laughingthrushes, Long-billed, Bar-winged, and Rufous-throated Wren-babblers, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Golden-breasted and Ludlow’s (or Brown-throated) Fulvettas, Brown, Grey-breasted, Lesser Rufous-headed and White-breasted Parrotbills, Broad-billed and White-spectacled Warblers, Beautiful Nuthatch, Blanford’s Rosefinch, and Crimson-browed, Scarlet and Gold-naped Finches. Rarities included Brambling and Eurasian Siskin.

A vision in blue - Grandala! (Craig Robson)

A vision in blue - Grandala! (Craig Robson)