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ULTIMATE NORTHEAST INDIA

Monday 2nd April - Monday 30th April 2018

Craig Robson

Gould's Shortwing (Craig Robson)

Gould's Shortwing (Craig Robson)

2018 saw a completely new Birdquest itinerary for this remote northeast corner of the Indian subcontinent. Our epic journey lasted nearly a month, and saw us amass a huge total of 530 species. The pre-tour exten-sion to the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya started us off well, with Dark-rumped Swift and Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler. The grasslands and semi-deciduous forests of Orang National Park produced Slender-billed Bab-bler. From the Himalayan midlands to the snowy heights in the Dirang Region, we enjoyed the likes of Snow Partridge, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Black-tailed Crake, Ibisbill, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, and Bar-winged Wren-Babbler. The mighty Eaglenest Wild-life Sanctuary could hardly disappoint with such gems as Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rufous-throated and Long-billed Wren-Babblers, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, Bugun Liocichla, Green Cochoa, and Alpine Thrush. Our first trip to Nagaland was rewarded with Naga Wren-Babbler, whilst at World-famous Kaziranga National Park Swamp Francolin, Greater Adjutant, and Red-headed Vulture impressed. The As-sam Plains close to Dibru Saikhowa National Park and floodplain mosaics en route to Roing brought us Ful-vous Whistling Duck, White-rumped and Slender-billed Vultures, Bristled Grassbird, and Black-breasted Par-rotbill. The weather held out for us in the remote Mishmi Hills, where we tracked down Blyth’s Tragopan, Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler, and Gould’s and Rusty-bellied Shortwings. On the post-tour extension to the enormous Namdapha Tiger Reserve, we finished-off with White-cheeked Partridge, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Collared Treepie, White-hooded Babbler, and Rufous-headed and Pale-billed Parrotbills.

Mammals were also a big deal on this tour of course, and we had some great encounters with Hoolock Gib-bon, Asian Elephant, Indian Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer, Asian (or wild Water) Buffalo, Red Goral, and Bharal (or Blue Sheep) amongst many others. The butterfly enthusiasts in the group (including the leader) helped produce a list of 92 species.

Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler (Craig Robson)

Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler (Craig Robson)