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NEPAL

Saturday 21st February - Sunday 8th March 2009

Simon Harrap

The 2009 Birdquest tour to Nepal was (despite a little logistical ‘hiccup’, i.e. we could not get to Kosi due to civil unrest), very successful. We logged 341 species, including great looks at the endemic Spiny Babbler, as we as specialities like Bengal Florican, Black Bittern, Watercock, no less than seven species of vulture, Grey-headed Lapwing, five species of green pigeon, Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Himalayan Flameback, Himalayan Rubythroat, three species of forktail, Cutia, Slender-billed Babbler, Black-chinned Yuhina, Grey-crowned Prinia, Pale-footed and Large Bush-Warblers, Brown Bullfinch and two vagrants to Nepal, Smew and Chinese Spotbill. Mammal interested was provided by two sightings of Sloth Bear and over 20 Indian Rhinos.