A very successful tour for these beautiful animals with at least a dozen good sightings

Participants:- Tamzin Balmer, Sean Browne, Paul Ganney, Tony Parnell, Nigel Slater, Francois Trudel & Kellie Trudel.

Tour Guides for Norfolk Birding – Ryan Irvine & Sumantha Ghosh

OVERVIEW OF THE TOUR

This tour took in three Central Indian National Parks. It was the second time we had run this tour and it was primarily based on seeing the apex mammals, but we did also manage a good diversity of birds. The trip was a resounding success, with fantastic views of 11 different Tigers, four Leopards, two Jungle Cats, Indian Guar, Mugger Crocodile and a family of Asiatic Wild Dogs plus many others and a good list of birds.

Apart from several stops on travel days and a boat trip on the Irai reservoir near Tadoba, most of the wildlife and birds were seen via jeep rides in the three parks.

The jeep rides typically were from 6:00am-10:30am and 3:00pm to 6:30pm, with a break in the middle of the day when it tended to be quiet with temperatures reaching the mid 30’s.

TOUR ITINERARY

27th Februay 2020 – we departed London at 08:00 and arrived in Nagpur, via Doha at 02:10 local time. A quick transfer to the Tuli Imperial Hotel in Nagpur for a few hours sleep.

Tadoba National Park for 4 nights and 3 days.

Pench National Park  – 3 nights and 2 days

Kanha – 3 nights and 2 days

Each park consisted of early morning jeep rides, then break in the heat of the day, followed by afternoon, early evening jeep rides. We departed Kanha on 9th March, evening meal at Tuli Imperial, Nagpur and then transferred to Nagpur airport around midnight for flights back to UK.

Francois and Kellie departed early hours as their flight was a little later.

Day 1: 28th February 2020

From Nagpur we transferred via minibus to Tadoba. We stayed near the park at the Serai Tiger Resort, in air-conditioned permanent tented camps. It was comfortable with a good number of birds close by. We managed to do some birding on the way to the camp and a couple hours at the camp and nearby Irai reservoir. Overnight in Tadoba, Serai Tiger Resort

Day 2: 29th February 2020
Morning and evening jeep safaris in Tadoba National park. What a start to the trip, five Tigers in the afternoon including a territorial fight between two adult females! Overnight in Serai Tiger Resort

Day 3: 1st March 2020
Morning and evening jeep safaris in Tadoba National park. Another excellent day with an enjoyable half an hour watching Dhole family and two Leopard sightings the highlights. Overnight in Serai Tiger Resort

Day 4: 2nd March 2018
Morning and evening jeep safaris in Tadoba National park. Overnight in Serai Tiger Resort

Day 5: 3rd March 2020
We hired two local sightseeing boats and spent the early morning birding the lake edge and then an hour on the boat exploring the Irai reservoir which was spectacularly attractive for migrant wildfowl. We left for the Pench Jungle Camp about midday, arriving in time for an hours birding at the camp. Overnight in Pench Jungle Camp

Day 6: 4th March 2020
Morning and evening jeep safaris in Pench National park. Our first day at Pench and it didn’t disappoint, Tiger, Leopard and two Jungle Cats! Overnight in Pench Jungle Camp

Day 7: 5th March 2020
Morning and evening jeep safaris in Pench National park. Two more Tigers!! Overnight in Pench Jungle Camp

Day 8: 6th March 2020

Birding at the camp in the morning, left for Tuli Tiger Resort, Kanha around midday. Birding at the resort in the evening. Overnight in Tuli Tiger Resort

Day 9: 7th March 2020
Morning and evening jeep safaris in Kanha National park. Another Tiger on our first day at Kanha plus a male roaring first thing marking his territory. Overnight in Tuli Tiger Resort

Day 10: 8th March 2020

Morning and evening jeep safaris in Kanha National park. Our final day of jeep safaris and another Tiger and Leopard. A family of Black Buck a cracking end to our safaris. Overnight in Tuli Tiger Resort

Day 11: 9th March 2020
Departed from Kanha after breakfast and travelled back to Nagpur. We arrived in the evening, stayed in a Nagpur Hotel until our pick up at midnight, complete with an evening meal. Francois and Kellie stayed on overnight to catch a flight to Delhi.

Day 12: 10th March 2020 – Transferred to the airport at 12am, took the flights from Nagpur to Doha and then onward to London Heathrow arriving at 11:30am.

ACCOMMODATION

Tadoba, Serai Tiger Resort  – simple and small permanent air-conditioned tented camp, comfortable without frills. Food was excellent, limited wifi.

Pench Jungle Camp – a luxurious series of large permanent tents, very well appointed with air conditioning and all mod-cons. Wifi in restaurant and reception. Food was excellent.

Kanha, Tuli Tiger Resort – nice place with traditional colonial style feel. Food was good. The rooms were permanent and well appointed. Wifi was available, but was very limited most of the time!

This is a brief and simple report, but the pictures paint a thousand words!

Systematic List of birds recorded

1Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
2Indian CormorantPhalacrocorax fuscicollis
3Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
4Little CormorantPhalacrocorax niger
5Oriental DarterAnhinga melanogaster
6Grey HeronArdea cinerea
7Purple HeronArdea purpurea
8Great EgretArdea alba
9Intermediate EgretEgretta intermedia
10Little EgretEgretta garzetta
11Indian Pond HeronArdeola grayii
12Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
13Black StorkCiconia nigra
14Asian OpenbillAnastomus oscitans
15Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopus
16Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicus
17Black-headed IbisThreskiornis melanocephalus
18Red-naped IbisPseudibis papillosa
19Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
20Lesser Whistling DuckDendrocygna javanica
21Bar-headed GooseAnser indicus
22Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
23Cotton Pygmy GooseNettapus coromandelianus
24Spot-billed DuckAnas poecilorhyncha
25WigeonAnas penelope
26Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
27Northern PintailAnas acuta
28GadwallMareca strepera
29Common TealAnas crecca
30GarganeySpatula querquedula
31Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
32Ferruginous DuckAythya nyroca)
33Red-crested PochardNetta rufina
34Oriental Honey BuzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
35Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
36Black KiteMilvus migrans
37Grey-headed Fish EagleIchthyophaga ichthyaetus
38White-rumped VultureGyps bengalensis
39Long-billed VultureGyps indicus
40Red-headed VultureSarcogyps calvus
41Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
42Rufous-bellied EagleLophotriorchis kienerii
43Crested Serpent EagleSpilornis cheela
44Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
45Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
46ShikraAccipiter badius
47White-eyed BuzzardButastur teesa
48Changeable Hawk-EagleNisaetus cirrhatus
49Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
50Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
51Grey FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianus
52Jungle Bush QuailPerdicula asiatica
53Red SpurfowlGalloperdix spadicea
54Red JunglefowlGallus gallus
55Grey JunglefowlGallus sonneratii
56Indian PeafowlPavo cristatus
57White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
58Grey-headed SwamphenPorphyrio poliocephalus
59Bronze-winged JacanaMetopidius indicus
60Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
61Eurasian Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemus
62Yellow-wattled LapwingVanellus malabaricus
63Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus
64Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
65Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
66Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
67Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
68Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
69Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
70Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
71Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensis
72Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
73River TernSterna aurantia
74Rock DoveColumba livia
75Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalis
76Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
77Spotted DoveSpiloopelia chinensis
78Laughing DoveSpilopelia senegalensis
79Yellow-footed Green PigeonTreron phoenicopterus
80Alexandrine ParakeetPsittacula eupatria  
81Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri
82Plum-headed ParakeetPsittacula cyanocephala
83Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
84Common Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx varius
85Indian CuckooCuculus micropterus
86Black-headed Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina melanoptera
87Sirkeer MalkohaTaccocua eschenaultia
88Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis
89Indian Scops OwlOtus bakkamoena
90Brown Fish OwlKetupa zeylonensis
91Jungle OwletGlaucidium radiatum
92Spotted OwletAthene brama
93Mottled Wood OwlStrix ocellata
94Brown Hawk OwlNinox scutulata
95Jungle NightjarCaprimulgus indicus
96Indian NightjarCaprimulgus asiaticus
97Little SwiftApus affinus
98Asian Palm SwiftCypsiurus balasiensis
99Stork-billed KingfisherPelargopsis capensis
100Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
101White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
102Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis
103Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalis
104Indian RollerCoracias benghalensis
105Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops
106Indian Grey HornbillOcyceros birostris
107Malabar Pied HornbillAnthracoceros coronatus
108Coppersmith BarbetMegalaima haemacephala
109Brown-headed BarbetPsilopogon zeylanicus
110Yellow-crowned WoodpeckerLeiopicus mahrattensis
111Brown-capped Pygmy W’peckerYungipicus nanus
112Lesser YellownapePicus chlorolophus
113Black-rumped FlamebackDinopium benghalense
114White-naped WoodpeckerChrysocolaptes festivus
115Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
116Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
117Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
118Plain MartinRiparia chinensis
119Common House MartinDelichon urbicum
120Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
121Citrine WagtailMotacilla cinerea
122White WagtailMotacilla alba
123White-browed WagtailMotacilla madaraspatensis
124Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
125Rufous-tailed LarkAmmomanes phoenicura
126Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
127Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
128Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
129Large CuckooshrikeCoracina macei
130Small MinivetPericrocotus cinnamomeus
131Scarlet MinivetPericrocotus flammeus
132Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer
133White-browed BulbulPycnonotus luteolus
134Golden-fronted LeafbirdChloropsis aurifrons
135Common IoraAegithina tiphia
136Orange-headed ThrushGeokichla citrina
137Tickells ThrushTurdus unicolor
138Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
139Jungle PriniaPrinia sylvatica
140Ashy PriniaPrinia socialis
141Plain PriniaPrinia inornata
142Common TailorbirdOrthotomus sutorius
143Clamorous Reed WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus
144Blyths Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorum
145Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloides
146Humes WarblerPhylloscopus humei
147Siberian Chiff-chaffPhylloscopus (collybita) tristis
148Sulphur-bellied WarblerPhylloscopus griseolus
149Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauurica
150Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parva
151Verditer FlycatcherEumyias thalassinus
152Tickell’s Blue FlycatcherCyornis tickelliae
153Grey-headed Canary FlycatcherCulicicapa ceylonensis
154Oriental Magpie-RobinCopsychus saularis
155Indian RobinCopsychus fulicatus
156Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros
157Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurus
158Pied Bush ChatSaxicola caprata
159Brown Rock ChatCercomela fusca
160White-rumped ShamaCopsychus malabaricus
161White-browed FantailRhipidura aureola
162Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
163Indian Paradise FlycatcherTerpsiphone paradisi
164Tawny-bellied BabblerDumetia hyperythra
165Common BabblerTurdoides caudata
166Large Grey BabblerTurdoides malcolmi
167Jungle BabblerTurdoides striata
168Indian Scimitar babblerPomatorhinus horsfieldii
169Brown-cheeked FulvettaAlcippe poioicephala
170Yellow-eyed BabblerChrysomma sinense
171Great TitParus major
172Indian NuthatchSitta castanea
173Purple SunbirdCinnyris asiaticus
174Purple -rumped SunbirdLeptocoma zeylonica
175Pale-billed FlowerpeckerDicaeum erythrorhynchos
176Thick-billed FlowerpeckerDicaeum agile
177Oriental White-eyeZosterops palpebrosus
178Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
179Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus
180Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
181Bay-backed ShrikeLanius vittatus
182Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
183Common WoodhsrikeTephrodornis pondicerianus
184Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
185White-bellied DrongoDicrurus caerulescens
186Greater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus
187Spangled DrongoDicrurus hottentottus
188Rufous TreepieDendrocitta vagabunda
189House CrowCorvus splendens
190Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos
191Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
192Asian Pied StarlingGracupica contra
193Brahminy StarlingSturnia pagodarum
194Chestnut-tailed StarlingSturnia malabarica
195Rosy StarlingPastor roseus
196House SparrowPasser domesticus
197Chestnut-shouldred PetroniaGymnoris xanthocollis
198Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinus
199White-rumped MuniaLonchura striata
200Indian SilverbillEuodice malabarica

Systematic list of Mammals and others

1Mugger Crocodile
2Royal Bengal Tiger
3Leopard
4Jungle Cat
5Rhesus Macaque
6Common Langur
7Ruddy Mongoose
8Golden Jackal
9Dhole (Asiatic Wild Dog)
10Indian Flying Fox
11Indian or Black-naped Hare
12Three-striped Palm Squirrel
13Gaur (Indian Bison)
14Sambar
15 Barasingha (Swamp Deer)
16Chital (Spotted Deer)
17Indian Muntjac (Barking Deer)
18Black Buck
19Nilgai (Blue Bull)
20Indian Wild Boar
21Common Palm Civet
22Grey Mongoose
23Banded Kukri Snake
24Soft-shelled Turtle

Systematic list of butterflies recorded

1 Common Tiger
2Plain Tiger
3Common Crow
4Common Evening Brown
5Darkbrand Bush Brown
6Common Leopard
7Common Sailor
8Baronet
9Chocolate Pansy
10Grey Pansy
11Lemon Pansy
12Great Eggfly
13Peacock Pansy
14Small Branded Swift
15Common Mormon
16Common Rose
17Common Grass Yellow
18Common Emigrant
19Mottled  Emigrant
20Common Wanderer
21Common Jezebel
22Common Lineblue

Future Tours

If you are interested in joining us in India then we have a tour in December 2020 please contact us for details. This specific tour is next scheduled for March 2021.

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