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WESTERN INDIA

Sunday 16th January - Saturday 5th February 2011

Hannu Jännes

Forest Owlet (Hannu Jännes)

Forest Owlet (Hannu Jännes)

This was yet another very successful Birdquest tour to the north-western parts of India. An epic journey through the states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat with a post-tour extension to the state of Maharasthra in Central India. All in all we recorded no fewer than 335 bird species and 22 mammals, and more importantly scored with just about every bird speciality of the dry western and central regions of the Indian subcontinent! Amongst the latter were Laggar Falcon, Rock Bush-Quail, the huge Indian Bustard, Indian Courser, Painted Sandgrouse, the rare, rediscovered Forest Owlet, Sykes’s Nightjar, Rufous-tailed and Sykes’s Larks, the lovely White-bellied Minivet, Marshall’s Iora, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Brook's Leaf Warbler, Rufous-fronted Prinia, the striking White-naped Tit and the handsome Green Avadavat. Amongst the many other highlights were Grey Hypocolius, Indian Cormorant, Red-naped (or Black) Ibis, Red-headed Vulture, Jungle Bush-Quail, Red Spurfowl, the amazing Demoiselle Crane spectacle at Khichan, the morning flight of Common Cranes at Banni grasslands, five Macqueen’s Bustards, over 800 Yellow-eyed Doves, Sirkeer Malkoha, three Pallid (or Striated) Scops Owls, several Indian (or Rock) Eagle-Owls, a pair of Mottled Wood Owls, Indian Jungle Nightjar, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Rufous-tailed Wheatear, Striated Babbler, Rufous-vented Prinia, Sykes’s and Booted Warblers, Mountain Chiffchaff, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Grey-necked Bunting and Sind Sparrow. And then there were the mammals, including Jungle Cat, Blackbuck, Onager (or Indian Wild Ass) and Striped Hyaena.

Sykes's Nightjar (Hannu Jännes)

Sykes's Nightjar (Hannu Jännes)