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EAGLENEST & BEYOND

Sunday 9th April - Thursday 25th May 2017

Hannu Jännes

Ward's Trogon (tour participant Werner Müller)

Ward's Trogon (tour participant Werner Müller)

This trip to the famous Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in combination with nearby areas of western Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, in India’s remote northeast corner, once again produced a fantastic range of special birds, plus several interesting mammals, which resulted in a most successful tour. Special birds included the recently discovered Bugun Liocichla, Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Solitary Snipe, the rare Fulvous Whistling Duck, five Ward’s Trogons with amazing views, Rufous-necked Hornbill, a pair of Pale-headed Woodpeckers, two different Yellow-rumped Honeyguides with very good views, an obliging Hodgson's Frogmouth, Spot-winged Starling, many Grandalas, Purple and Green Cochoas, a close encounter with Black-tailed Crakes, eye-ball to eye-ball views of Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Rufous-throated, Bar-winged, Long-billed and Eye-browed Wren-Babblers and Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, several Beautiful Nuthatches and the colourful Fire-tailed Myzornis. Amongst the 435 species recorded there were many other memorable birds: a large gathering of 400 Greater Adjutants, Spot-billed Pelican, Ashy Woodpigeon, Long-billed Plover, Great and Wreathed Hornbills, Indian Spotted Eagle, the beautiful Blue-headed Rock Thrush, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, Collared Treepie, an array of gorgeous flycatchers including Ultramarine, Sapphire, Pygmy, Large Blue, Pale Blue and Blue-throated Flycatchers, Grey-sided, Spotted and Bhutan Laughingthrushes, the black-crowned nominate race of Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler, Spot-throated Babbler, Slender-billed Babbler, Rusty-fronted and Streak-throated Barwings, Red-tailed Minla, Himalayan Cutia, Golden-breasted, Yellow-throated and Brown-throated (or Ludlow’s) Fulvettas, Beautiful Sibia, White-naped Yuhina, Brown, Black-throated and White-breasted Parrotbills, Yellow-vented, Grey-cheeked, White-spectacled, Black-faced and Broad-billed Warblers, Rufous-fronted and Fire-capped Tit, Rusty-flanked and Sikkim Treecreepers, Fire-tailed Sunbird (and six other sunbirds), Yellow-bellied and Yellow-vented Flowerpeckers, Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch, many Blanford's Rosefinches, Spot-winged Grosbeak and Scarlet and Gold-naped Finches.

Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler (tour participant Werner Müller)

Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler (tour participant Werner Müller)