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NEPAL

Sunday 23rd February - Saturday 8th March 2014

Simon Harrap

Ibisbills (Simon Harrap)

Ibisbills (Simon Harrap)

2014 saw the first Birdquest to Nepal for several years, and it was a delight. Highlights included seven species of vulture, including Slender-billed and India (both Critically Endangered), Indian Spotted Eagle, Swamp Francolin, Ibisbill, Indian Courser, Indian Eagle Owl, White-tailed Stonechat, Grey-crowned Prinia, Rufous-rumped Grassbird, Slender-billed Babbler and good views of Nepal’s only endemic, Spiny Babbler. We also saw lots of other sought-after species, often because they are in general decline but are holding their own in Nepal (or the Indian Subcontinent generally): Lesser Adjutant, Indian Black Ibis, Bar-headed Goose, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, White-eyed Buzzard, a flock of 20 Grey-headed Lapwings, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, up to 20 Great Pied Hornbills, Bay Woodpecker, Himalayan Flameback, Scaly Thrush, Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail, Siberian Rubythroat, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, Chestnut-headed and Grey-bellied Tesias, Smoky Leaf Warbler, Spot-winged Starling and a flock of around ten Black-headed Jays. Mammal interest was high too, with fine views of Yellow-throated Marten, the fabulous Ganges River Dolphin, Gaur, 13 sightings of Indian Rhonoceros, and a ‘vagrant’ male Indian Elephant.

Jungle Owlet (Simon Harrap)

Jungle Owlet (Simon Harrap)