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Tuesday 13th November - Saturday 8th December 2012
We had another excellent tour to the Andaman Islands, Southern India and Sri Lanka, seeing almost all of the hoped-for endemics and regional endemics. On the Andamans we recorded 19 of the 21 endemics, while on Sri Lanka we had a clean sweep of all 33. Owls were a speciality, with 13 species seen, many of them at daytime roosts, including Andaman, Serendip and Walden’s Scops Owls (the last a new split from Oriental), three boobooks, Chestnut-backed Owlet and no less than four Brown Fish Owls and four Brown Wood Owls. We also found two Ceylon Frogmouths at their daytime roost and saw six species of nightjar. Other highlights included several Black Bitterns, Painted Bush Quail, Great Thick-knee, Small Pratincole, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Indian Pitta, Pied Ground Thrush, Kashmir Flycatcher, White-bellied Blue and Nigiri Blue Robins (both seen superbly) and White-bellied Treepie, as well as sightings of Leopard and Sloth Bear.