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Sunday 23rd November - Thursday 11th December 2014
Our tour followed a classic itinerary that took us to a wide variety of rich 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. Particular highlights included a superb pair of Tawny Fish Owls (one of nine owl species seen, all during daytime), wintering Ibisbills and Wallcreepers, svelte Indian Coursers, majestic Sarus Cranes, rare Indian Skimmers, gorgeous Golden Bush Robins and subtle Brookes’s Leaf Warblers, sneaky Koklass Pheasants, a showy Long-billed Thrush, confiding Painted Sandgrouse and a shouty Nepal Wren-Babbler. There were also large numbers of winter migrants from the north such as Siberian Rubythroat and Pallas’s Gulls plus a wealth of more widespread Asiatic species. Besides the birds we had three encounters with Tigers, amazing close views of a Leopard, several Yellow-throated Martens and a close Gangetic River Dolphin. The weather was very good throughout, though a little chilly on some early mornings in the highlands, and the tour logistics ran very smoothly.