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BIRDS & TIGERS OF NORTHERN INDIA

Friday 2nd March - Tuesday 20th March 2018

Hannu Jännes

Painted Spurfowl (Louis Bevier)

Painted Spurfowl (Louis Bevier)

This year’s ‘Birds and Tigers of Northern India’ tour was again a great success providing a feast of avian and mammalian delights. We followed the classic itinerary that took us to a wide variety of habitats, from bird-filled wetlands to semi-desert scrub, from dry savanna woodland and arable farmland to the verdant forested slopes and rushing torrents of the Himalayan foothills. This tour has many regional specialities and Indian subcontinent endemics, and among the many highlights were a magnificent pair of Cheer Pheasants, many Kalij Pheasants, Jungle Bush Quails and Painted Spurfowls both of which showed well, Black-necked Stork, Red-naped Ibis, majestic Sarus Cranes, the critically endangered Indian plus Himalayan, Griffon, Cinereous, and a superb Red-headed, Vultures, the endemic Indian Spotted Eagle amongst commoner Greater Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles, Pallas's and Lesser Fish Eagles, the splendid Indian Courser, Indian and Great Stone-curlews, Yellow-wattled and White-tailed Lapwings, Painted Snipe, Black-bellied and River Terns, Indian Skimmer, Painted and Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, a family of Dusky Eagle Owls, two Brown Fish Owls, 16 species of Woodpeckers, the handsome Collared Falconet, Rufous-tailed Lark, Nepal Wren-babbler, Grey-bellied and Chestnut-headed Tesias, bird waves of many colourful Himalayan passerines, White-crested, Chestnut-crowned, Rufous-chinned and Striated Laughingthrushes, Wallcreeper, Himalayan Rubythroat, Golden Bush Robin, Slaty-backed and Spotted Forktails, many flycatchers and redstarts, Black-headed Jay and subtle Sind Sparrows plus a wealth of more widespread Asiatic species. In addition to the birds we had four brilliant encounters with Tiger, good views of a Sloth Bear for half of the group, and enjoyed an excellent array of other mammals, great scenery, delicious food and a visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal.

(Bengal) Tiger (Louis Bevier).

(Bengal) Tiger (Louis Bevier).