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SOUTHERN INDIA & SRI LANKA

Monday 11th December - Friday 5th January 2018

Craig Robson

Indian Peafowls (Craig Robson)

Indian Peafowls (Craig Robson)

This remarkable South Asian tour certainly came up with the goods this year, with ALL of the endemic targets located. Amongst a ridiculous 26 species of nightbird (including 19 owls), was a new species for Birdquest, in the form of the fantastic Sri Lanka Bay Owl. In the Andamans we saw all 21 endemics very well, with a flock of over 80 Andaman Teals, a very showy Andaman Crake and a superb pair of Andaman Masked Owls being particularly memorable. There were also quite a few unexpected extras, including four wintering Chinese Egrets. In South India, we birded our way from Bengaluru (Bangalore) to the Nilgiris and south-west to the lowland forests of Kerala, finding Painted Bush Quail, Indian Eagle-Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Indian Pitta, White-bellied Minivet, the lovely White-bellied Treepie, Indian Black-lored Tit, Yellow-throated and Grey-headed Bulbuls, Western Crowned Warbler, Rufous Babbler, Wynaad, Nilgiri and Palani Laughingthrushes, Black-and-orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri and White-bellied Blue Robins, and Nilgiri Pipit amongst numerous highlights. Across the straits in Sri Lanka we again found all of the endemics, tame Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Legge’s Hawk-Eagle, Red-faced Malkoha, day-roosting Serendib Scops Owl and Sri Lanka Frogmouths, Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Pied and Sri Lanka Thrushes, and Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush just the cream of the crop.

Serendib Scops Owl (Craig Robson)

Serendib Scops Owl (Craig Robson)