Trip report: Northern India (Dec 2006) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Keith Barnes and Iain Campbell. Tiger photo by Neil Dyson.

This trip was our very best yet. Not only did we see an amazing seven different Tigers but we also scored a delectable set of 385 birds. Some of the real stars included Koklass Pheasant, Red and Painted Spurfowl, Jungle Bush Quail, Lesser Adjutant, White-naped and Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Red-necked Falcon, Long-legged Buzzard, White-eyed Buzzard, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Tern, Indian Skimmer, Sirkeer Malkoha, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Sand Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrowlark, Jerdon’s Leafbird, Altai Accentor, Gray-winged Blackbird, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Nepal and Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler, Red-fronted Prinia, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Ultramarine and Slaty-Blue Flycatcher, Siberian and White-tailed Rubythroats, Tawny-bellied Babbler, White-browed Shrike-Babbler, Wallcreeper, , Green Magpie, Pink-browed Rosefinch, and an incredible nine owl species all seen in broad daylight. This was despite the failed monsoons in India leaved Bharatpur devoid of water. Amazingly we did find another wetland nearby that was still heaving with waterfowl and we saw impressive numbers of most of the palearctic ducks along with Jacanas, Waterhens, stately Sarus Cranes, Bar-headed Goose, and hoardes of bush birds joining the raptor spectacle of Imperial, Greater Spotted and Indian (Lesser Spotted ) Eagles.

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