Trip report: Northern India (December 2011) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Ken BehrensThis was a set departure tour.

This trip continues to be one of our very best and most popular. This year, even without the ‘tiger extension’, we scored a delectable set of 363 birds, plus 17 mammals. Some of the stars included a massive Great Bittern, a pair of Ibisbill, great views of both Koklass and Cheer Pheasants, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker and Himalayan Flameback among 15 species of woodpecker, sharp little Collared Falconet, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Great Thick-knee, Black-bellied Tern, Indian Skimmer, Rufous-tailed and Sand Larks, 8 good-looking species of bulbul, Altai Accentor, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Immaculate Wren-Babbler, rare Moustached Warbler and Mountain Chiffchaff, Red-fronted and Jungle Prinias, Black-faced Warbler, White-tailed Rubythroat, several Wallcreepers, dapper Little Forktail, five handsome bunting species, and an incredible ten owl species, most of which were seen in broad daylight.

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