NORTHERN INDIA TOUR REPORT A Wildlife & Birding Tour of Northern India November 28th – December 12th 2018

Participants:- Gary Elton, Karen Hunt, Nick Marshall, Nigel Mill, Dennis Morrison and Vanessa Stocking

Tour Guides for Norfolk Birding – Chris Mills & Prasanna Gautam


This tour took in the amazing sights and sounds of Northern India’s wildlife and birds.

The tour included a wide and varied cross section of habitat. Our first location was Bharatpur with a vast array of wetland species, an amazing heronry with hundreds of Storks, Egrets, Ibis and Cormorants, plus plenty of exciting passerines, raptors and waders. We then headed for 2 full days into the beautiful surroundings of the Vangat camp in the buffer zone of Corbett NP. Vangat is set in a secluded river valley alongside the Ramganga river, an area of primary and secondary forest, we enjoyed truly wild and amazing, on foot birding. We then spent 3 full days in the primary forest areas of the famous Corbett National Park and finally we finished the trip with the forest and mountain areas of Pangot and Nainatal in the foothills of the Himalaya’s.


All of the accommodation is of a good standard with hot water, western style toilets and a good range of food. At Bharatpur we stayed in the very nice Birders Inn, around Corbett NP we stayed at the award winning Vanghat Lodge, Tiger Camp and the luxurious and beautiful Jim Jungle Jungle retreat and up at Pangot in the foothills of the Himalayas, we stayed at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge

A series of images taken during the trip can be seen at the following Facebook pages, you don’t need to be face book user to view these albums.

Album one

Album Two

All images in this report are copyrighted and should not be reused without our permission. All images are copyrighted Dennis Morrison and Chris Mills Norfolk Birding.

Two stunning and iconic species, both with limited ranges and not always easy to see – Mountain Scops Owl and Ibisbill.

Thanks for the images taken by Dennis Morrison – a client on this tour.

Tuesday 27th November 2018

The 6 members travelling from the UK, all met up with myself at Heathrow airport.

Everyone was soon through security and boarding our BA direct flight. The flight departed at around 11.40am, the flight was comfortable with good food and drink and the economy seats were relatively comfortable, though I opted for extra legroom which proved very comfortable.

Outbound flight time is around 8 hours and we arrived in Delhi at a local time of 1.30am. We got our money changed into Indian rupees in the airport and headed out into the sight, sounds and smells of Delhi! We met our local guide just outside the airport he escorted us to our minibus and driver. The luggage was loaded into the 12-seater minibus and we were soon tasting the hustle and bustle of Delhi. We soon arrived at the Hotel Ashok Country Resort, everyone was shown to their appointed rooms. The Hotel Ashok Country resort had good rooms with a mix of Indian and English breakfast.

Overnight at Hotel Ashok Country Resort.

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Before breakfast at 9.00am we had time for a quick bit of casual bleary-eyed birding around the hotel and nearby gardens before departing for Bharatpur.

The well attended and mature gardens yielded a nice mix of “introductory” Indian birds, the highlights were –

20 Indian Peafowl, 50 Feral Pigeon, 3 Yellow-footed Pigeon, 2 Shikra, 5 Black Kite, Eurasian Hoopoe, Brown-headed Barbet, 20 Ring-necked Parakeet, 10 Black Drongo, 4 Rufous Treepie, 10 House Crow, 3 Barn Swallow, 5 Red-vented Bulbul,  2 Red-whiskered Bulbul, 1 Hume’s Warbler, 2 Common Tailorbird 5 Oriental White-eye. 20 Jungle Babbler 2 Oriental Magpie-Robin 2 Indian Chat 2 Asian Pied Starling, Bank Myna & 5 Purple Sunbird. 

We then loaded up the minibus and starting heading for Agra and the Taj Mahal, though we made steady progress this was interrupted by couple of stops for birding!

We were treated to several stunning Black-winged Kites, Indian Peafowl and hundreds of Black Kite from the moving mininbus.

We made a roadside stop for lunch and then in the afternoon we came across a nice set of pools, we pulled over and had a lovely selection of birds –

50 Bar-headed Goose, 3 Ruddy Shelduck, 12 Northern Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 5 Indian Spot-billed Duck, 20 Northern Pintail, 10 Teal, 5 Grey Francolin, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Collared Dove, 2 Common Moorhen, 10 Eurasian Coot, 2 White-breasted Waterhen, 40 Black-winged Stilt, 20 Pied Avocet, 2 River Lapwing, 15 Red-wattled Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 10 Temminck’s Stint, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank , Marsh Sandpiper, 4 Wood Sandpiper, 20 Black-headed Gull, 1 Pallas’s Gull, 15 River Tern, 1 Painted Stork, 8 Indian Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Indian Pond Heron, 2 White-throated Kingfisher, 10 House Crow, 200 Grey-throated Martin, 5 Barn Swallow, 2 Red-vented Bulbul, 1 Zitting Cisticola, 2 Jungle Babbler, 6 Asian Pied Starling, 20 Bank Myna, 12 Citrine Wagtail and 50 White Wagtail .

Probably the biggest highlight was great views of our first Sarus Cranes, at 1.5m high these are truly wonderful enigmatic birds.

We then made another fantastic stop by the Yamuna river bridge. We risked the busy traffic as there was a mass of birds below us in the shallow waters.

Great selection of birds here:-

10 Knob-billed Duck 1 Northern Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 20 Indian Spot-billed Duck, 2 Mallard, 20 Northern Pintail, 40 Eurasian Teal, 3 Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, 20 Collared Dove, 20 Eurasian Coot, 3 White-breasted Waterhen, 6 Sarus Crane, 40 Black-winged Stilt, 80 Red-wattled Lapwing, 3 White-tailed Lapwing, 10 Greater Painted-Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, 5 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Redshank, 15 Brown-headed Gull, 15 River Tern, 3 Asian Openbill, 10 Woolly-necked Stork, 2 Painted Stork, 2 Little Cormorant, 5 Indian Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Purple Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Intermediate Egret, 200 Cattle Egret 2 Indian Pond Heron, 20 Black-headed Ibis, 10 Red-naped Ibis, 12 Black-winged Kite, 5 Western Marsh Harrier, 2 Shikra, 4 Black Kite, 1 Eurasian Hoopoe, 6 White-throated Kingfisher, 20 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Brown Shrike, 20 Black Drongo, 2 Rufous Treepie, 10 House Crow, 100 Grey-throated Martin, 12 Barn Swallow, 5 Red-rumped Swallow, 10 Red-vented Bulbul, 2 Plain Prinia, 10 Jungle Babbler, 1 Siberian Stonechat, 1 Pied Bushchat, 2 Indian Chat, 1 Common Starling, 12 Asian Pied Starling, 20 Common Myna, 100 Bank Myna, 3 Purple Sunbird, 20 Western Yellow Wagtail, 10 Citrine Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow and 2 Indian Silverbill

We were soon comfortably settled into our rooms at the Birders Inn. Evening meals were a buffet style mixture of Soup & various curries, with good choice of rice & Indian breads. Puddings were a largely a variation on rice puddings and semolina, with some very nice natural yoghurt!

Birders Inn has large comfortable en-suite rooms with hot showers set in nice lawned grounds and is just a short distance of 200m to the Park entrance.

Overnight at Birders Inn, Bharatpur.

Thursday 29th November 2018

We all arrived for an early breakfast served at 6.00am. Immediately after breakfast just after 6.30am we met up with our local guide Brijendra and our rickshaw drivers who accompanied us over the next two and half days whilst visiting the park.

Brijendra Singh is very knowledgeable on all the flora and fauna. He has excellent knowledge of the parks birds and wildlife and I highly recommend him. The park is a haven for storks, egrets, ducks, waders and also good for raptors too.

The birding in the park was immediate, intense and very exciting!!  It was slow progress as the birds came thick and fast. Over the next few hours we saw an amazing array of birds, exploring the main and side track to the nursery area.

The highlights in the morning were as follows:-

30 Indian Peafowl, 8 Grey Francolin, 20 Laughing Dove, 2 Greater Coucal, 4 Asian Koel, 2 Common Hawk-Cuckoo, 2 Common Moorhen, 1 Grey-headed Swamphen, 5 White-breasted Waterhen, 8 Black-winged Stilt, 2 Red-wattled Lapwing, 2 Bronze-winged Jacana, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Greenshank, 5 Common Redshank, 20 Painted Stork, 5 Little Cormorant, 10 Indian Cormorant, 20 Dalmatian Pelican, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Purple Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Intermediate Egret, 3 Little Egret, 10 Cattle Egret, 12 Indian Pond Heron, 2 Striated Heron, 2 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 2 Glossy Ibis, 15 Black-headed Ibis, 4 Eurasian Spoonbill, 30 Egyptian Vulture, 1 Black Kite, 6 Spotted Owlet, 3 Eurasian Hoopoe, 2 Indian Grey Hornbill, 3 White-throated Kingfisher, 1 Coppersmith Barbet, 3 Black-rumped Flameback, 100 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Long-tailed Shrike, 5 Black Drongo, 5 Rufous Treepie, 20 House Crow, 2 Large-billed Crow, 2 Barn Swallow, 1 Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher, 20 Red-vented Bulbul, 6 White-eared Bulbul, 5 Hume’s Warbler, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Greenish Warbler, 2 Blyth’s Reed Warbler, 1 Common Tailorbird, 10 Ashy Prinia, 5 Plain Prinia, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Yellow-eyed Babbler, 6 Common Babbler, 2 Large Grey Babbler, 6 Indian Robin, 8 Oriental Magpie-Robin, 6 Bluethroat, 3 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 3 Eastern Black Redstart, 2 Orange-headed Thrush, 25 Brahminy Starling, 30 Common Myna, 5 Purple Sunbird, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Citrine Wagtail, 1 Olive-backed Pipit, 6 Indian Silverbill and  6 Scaly-breasted Munia  

By midday it was getting hot and we had enjoyed a wonderful morning’s introduction to the birds, we headed back for a break and lunch. We then headed back out into another area of the park in the afternoon, heading towards the main Egret and heronry area for dusk. A lot more wetland birds this afternoon.

The highlights in the afternoon were as follows:-

70 Lesser Whistling-Duck, 3 Knob-billed Duck, 2 Cotton Pygmy-Goose, 2 Garganey, 10 Northern Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 50 Eurasian Teal, 100 Eurasian Coot, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 100 Painted Stork, 12 Oriental Darter,  50 Little Cormorant, 30 Great Cormorant, 50 Indian Cormorant, Black Bittern, 4 Purple Heron, 6 Great White Egret, 4 Intermediate Egret, 10 Little Egret, 20 Indian Pond Heron, 3 Striated Heron, 20 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 20 Glossy Ibis, 15 Black-headed Ibis, 10 Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-winged Kite, 3 Greater Spotted Eagle, 2 Western Marsh Harrier, Pallid Harrier,  Black Kite, Dusky Eagle Owl, 4 Common Kingfisher, 10 White-throated Kingfisher, 1 Pied Kingfisher, 1 Coppersmith Barbet, 100 Grey-throated Martin,  Wire-tailed Swallow, 3 Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher, 6 Hume’s Warbler, 10 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Greenish Warbler, 2 Blyth’s Reed Warbler, 10 Ashy Prinia, 10 Plain Prinia, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Babbler, 5 Large Grey Babbler, 4 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 5 Asian Pied Starling and 3 Grey Wagtail.

The main colony area was just truly wonderful with large numbers of Great White, Little, and Intermediate Egrets, Purple & Grey Herons, Indian Darter, Little and Indian Cormorants, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Spoonbill, Black-headed Ibis and Glossy Ibis.

This amazing spectacle across the water was complimented by the overhead activity of Plain Martins and Barn and a Wire-tailed Swallow. We also had unprecedented views of the Dusky Eagle Owl showing wonderfully out in the open!

As well as the avifauna we also saw Spotted Deer, Sambar, Nilgai, Rhesus Macaque and Golden Jackal.

We headed back after a fantastic first full day on the reserve.

After dinner and a log call, everyone was tired and off to bed for  a well earned sleep and rest.

Overnight at Birders Inn, Bharatpur.

Friday 30th November 2018

After a 6.00am breakfast we departed around 6.40am for the park again aboard the rickshaws. The visit was split into two visits, morning and afternoon. We arrived back at Birders Inn for lunch at around 12.30pm and then headed back out into the park at 2pm till dusk.

Avian highlights and new birds in the morning on the central and west areas as follows:- 20 Lesser Whistling-Duck, 6 Knob-billed Duck, 2 Cotton Pygmy-Goose, 20 Northern Shoveler, 30 Gadwall, 6 Eurasian Wigeon, 100 Northern Pintail, 30 Eurasian Teal, 12 Common Pochard, 5 Greater Flamingo, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 60 Great White Pelican, 20 Dalmatian Pelican, 5 Purple Heron, 10 Great White Egret, 2 Intermediate Egret, 2 Glossy Ibis, 30 Eurasian Spoonbill, 1 Black-winged Kite, 20 Egyptian Vulture, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Indian Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, 3 Western Marsh Harrier, 2 Shikra, 2 Black Kite, 2 Indian Grey Hornbill, 4 Common Kingfisher, 3 White-throated Kingfisher, 2 Coppersmith Barbet, 2 Brown-headed Barbet, 1 Black-rumped Flameback, 1 Common Woodshrike, 2 Bay-backed Shrike, 3 Long-tailed Shrike, 4 Rufous Treepie, 5 Grey-throated Martin, 3 Red-rumped Swallow, 10 Hume’s Warbler, 15 Common Chiffchaff, 5 Greenish Warbler, 20 Blyth’s Reed Warbler, 2 Common Tailorbird, 20 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Oriental White-eye, 4 Jungle Babbler, 4 Indian Robin, 6 Oriental Magpie-Robin, 4 Bluethroat, 10 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 4 Eastern Black Redstart, 4 Asian Pied Starling, 3 Grey Wagtail, 10 Citrine Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail and 4 Olive-backed Pipit.

After a break around lunch we headed back out to the main track moving to the centre point then taking the west track to a raised viewing platform for the last hour of light. Stunning views over the wetland from here, with a great variety and large numbers of birds, plus Spotted Deer, Nilgai and Golden Jackal as we left the park.

Bird highlights as follows:- 2 Bar-headed Goose, 5 Knob-billed Duck, 49 Northern Shoveler, 6 Eurasian Wigeon, 100 Northern Pintail, 2 Little Swift, 100 Grey-headed Swamphen, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 140 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Asian Openbill, 5 Woolly-necked Stork, 100 Painted Stork, 10 Oriental Darter, 60 Great White Pelican, 20 Dalmatian Pelican, Black Bittern, 6 Purple Heron, 2 Striated Heron, 5 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 20 Glossy Ibis, 40 Eurasian Spoonbill, 5 Greater Spotted Eagle, 2 Steppe Eagle, 8 Western Marsh Harrier, 1 Dusky Eagle Owl, 6 Common Kingfisher, 8 White-throated Kingfisher, 2 Pied Kingfisher, 2 Brown-headed Barbet, 3 Black-rumped Flameback, 5 Long-tailed Shrike, Indian Golden Oriole, 50 Grey-throated Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, 3 Wire-tailed Swallow, 2 Large Grey Babbler and 40 Citrine Wagtail.

We got back had tea and biscuits, showered and finished with dinner and the log call.

The group total already topped 130+ species!

Overnight at Birders Inn, Bharatpur.

Bharatpur images top to bottom Striated Heron, Black Bittern, Black-winged Kite, Yellow-eyed babbler, Little Cormorant, Orange headed Thrush, Dusky Eagle owl and Common Hawk-cuckoo. 

Bharatpur images top to bottom Red-breasted Flycatcher, Spot-billed Duck, Greater Spotted Eagle, Citrine wagtail, Bronze-winged Jacana, Great White Pelican, Nilgai & Indian Golden Oriole

Bharatpur and farmland images – top to bottom White-throated Kingfisher, Painted Stork, Rhesus Macaque, Isabelline Wheatear, Ashy Crowned Sparrow-lark & Spotted Owlet

Vanghat imagesRufous-bellied Niltava, Spotted Forktail, Scarlet Minivet, Greater Yellownape, Great Hornbill, Group at the waterfall

Tuesday 4th December 2018

This morning we were up early again and after tea and biscuits, we took a packed breakfast to explore the other forest area. We took another raft ride across the river to explore the steep wooded area until early afternoon. The birding in the forest ebbed and flowed, with quiet spells, suddenly broken up by intense periods of birds quickly appearing in the trees.  We also headed up to a beautiful waterfall area.

The first bird to put hairs up on the back of our necks, was undoubtedly a superb Tawny Fish Owl, belying its presence when it swept across out view moving to a new perch. We had great views of this along with the intense forest flocks of birds, including the stunning flocks of  Minivets. A Little Forktail at the waterfall was superb and a perched Collared Falconet were our other major highlights.

There was lots to see:- 5 Kalij Pheasant, 1 Asian Emerald Dove, 1 Great Cormorant, 9 Himalayan Griffon, 1 Shikra, 2 Pallas’s Fish-Eagle, 1 Lesser Fish-Eagle, 1 Tawny Fish-Owl, 1 White-throated Kingfisher, 3 Great Barbet, 1 Lineated Barbet, 3 Blue-throated Barbet, 4 Grey-capped Woodpecker, 1 Brown-fronted Woodpecker, 2 Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, 1 Rufous Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Yellownapel 1 Grey-headed Woodpecker, 1 Collared Falconet, 20 Slaty-headed Parakeet, 10 Plum-headed Parakeet, 3 Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, 10 Long-tailed Minivet, 12 Scarlet Minivet, 1 Long-tailed Shrike, 10 Bronzed Drongo, 1 Spangled Drongo, 4 White-throated Fantail, 1 Common Green-Magpie, 6 Grey Treepie, 1 Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail, 3 Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher, 5 Cinereous Tit, 2 Himalayan Black-lored Tit, 3 Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, 2 White-tailed Nuthatch, 5 Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, 3 Black-crested Bulbul, 12 Red-vented Bulbul, 2 Red-whiskered Bulbul, 1 Lemon-rumped Warbler, 5 Grey-hooded Warbler, 10 Grey-breasted Prinia, 30 Oriental White-eye, 10 Black-chinned Babbler, 20 Jungle Babbler, 15 White-crested Laughingthrush, 5 Red-billed Leiothrix, 4 Blue Whistling-Thrush, Little Forktail, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 15 Plumbeous Redstart, 12 White-capped Redstart, 2 Grey Bushchat, Grey-winged Blackbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 White-browed Wagtail.

We arrived back for a late lunch and after a break, we finished the day with some birding and photography by the river. The Bronzed Drongos were active and hawking insects as the light faded. As we headed back there was Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Black-crested Bulbul, White-throated Laughing thrush, White-crested Laughing-thrush, plus a female Crimson Sunbird.

We finished the day with an evening meal, a camp fire and a glass of wine or a beer!

Overnight Vangat River Camp

Wednesday 5th December 2018

We took a breakfast walk just as it was getting light. This proved a good decision, we could hear the Great Hornbills calling but we would see them? Suddenly Anil our local guide pointed to them perched high in the trees on the far side of the river valley. We managed to get the scope on them but we needn’t have worried, they took to the air and then flew towards us!

Three fantastic, huge silhouettes as three Great Hornbills, passed right overhead, wonderful! Other highlights during the walk were:- Asian Emerald Dove, 3 Great Cormorant, 7 Himalayan Griffon, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, 3 Great Hornbill, 4 Great Barbet, 3 Blue-throated Barbet, 1 Grey-capped Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Yellownape, 1 Scaly-bellied Woodpecker, 2 Grey-headed Woodpecker, 20 Slaty-headed Parakeet, 1 Red-breasted Parakeet, 20 Scarlet Minivet, 1 Long-tailed Shrike, 2 Bronzed Drongo, 3 White-throated Fantail, 6 Red-billed Blue-Magpie, 1 Common Green-Magpie, 6 Grey Treepie, 1 Large-billed Crow, Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, 3 Black-crested Bulbul, 10 Red-vented Bulbul, 20 Himalayan Bulbul, 5 Ashy Bulbul, Chestnut-headed Tesia, 3 Puff-throated Babbler, 12 White-throated Laughingthrush, 5 Blue-winged Minla, Rufous-bellied Niltava, 4 Blue Whistling-Thrush, 2 Siberian Rubythroat, Himalayan Bluetail, 3 Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 5 Plumbeous Redstart, 2 White-capped Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, 1 Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, Grey Wagtail and 3 White-browed Wagtail .

After breakfast, our cases were packed and it was time to leave the beautiful camp of Vangat. We were met at the river bridge and we now transferred back to Tiger Camp on the edge of Corbett NP. We had a quick lunch and then transferred into jeeps for the first of our jeep safaris. Due to access issues at Dikala this year we had made slightly different arrangements and stayed in accommodation outside the park.

We entered the Corbett park at Bijrani gate. We were soon admiring the recent pugmarks of Tigers and enjoying several new birds, highlights this afternoon were:- Red Junglefowl, Black-winged Kite, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Eurasian Hoopoe, Lineated Barbet, Himalayan Flameback, 4 Black-rumped Flameback, 100 Plum-headed Parakeet, 1 Long-tailed Shrike, 1 Black-hooded Oriole, 1 White-bellied Drongo, 12 Red-rumped Swallow, Bar-tailed Treecreeper 5 Grey-hooded Warbler, 10 Oriental White-eye, 2 Siberian Stonechat and Golden-fronted Leafbird.

Overnight at Tiger Camp

Thursday 6th December 2018

After tea and biscuits we headed out again at 6.15am for Bijrani zone a pre-breakfast drive arriving back at 10.30 for breakfast.

We saw quite a few new bird species again compared to the previous day, we had a frustrating hour though as deer alarm calls and a Macaque signalled the proximity of a Tiger, we were close to an open river bed area, but the Tiger never appeared. We then had a call from one of our other roving jeep drivers to say he had just seen a Tiger and we headed off quickly, it was about 20 minutes to the location, we arrived and joined the other jeeps but the Tiger had just crept up the hillside and was now out of view, frustrating!

Birding highlights in the morning were 2 Yellow-footed Pigeon, 2 Pin-tailed Pigeon, White-rumped Needletail, Crested Treeswift, Green Sandpiper, 7 Black Stork, 1 Changeable Hawk-Eagle, 1 Jungle Owlet, 2 Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Lineated Barbet, 2 Blue-throated Barbet, 1 Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, 1 Himalayan Flameback, 2 Black-rumped Flameback, 1 Streak-throated Woodpecker, 2 Grey-headed Woodpecker, 1 Common Woodshrike, 5 Common Iora, 10 Scarlet Minivet,  Black-hooded Oriole, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Common Green-Magpie, 5 Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle), Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Hume’s Warbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler and 2 Siberian Stonechat.

We arrived back and had a great late breakfast, always enjoyable when you’ve been out early! After breakfast we had an hour or so before lunch and we took a lazy walk around the gardens and headed down to the Kosi river at the bottom of the resort gardens.

Birds here – 2 Ruddy Shelduck, 4 River Lapwing, 3 Ashy Drongo, 2 Rufous Treepie, 30 Grey-throated Martin, 10 Barn Swallow, 4 Red-rumped Swallow, 2 Red-whiskered Bulbul, 10 Hume’s Warbler, 10 Jungle Babbler, 4 Plumbeous Redstart, 4 White-browed Wagtail and 2 Paddyfield Pipit.

After lunch we headed back out in the jeeps and explored a different area of the Bijrani zone.

Birding was slightly quieter in the early afternoon but Blue-bearded Bee-eater was a definite highlight, other birds of note  – Green Sandpiper, Red-headed Vulture, 4 Himalayan Griffon, Steppe Eagle, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Eurasian Wryneck, Maroon Oriole, 8 Grey-breasted Prinia, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 White-browed Wagtail and 2 White Wagtail.

Friday 7th December 2018

After tea and biscuits we headed out again at 6.15am for a pre-breakfast drive arriving back at 10.30 for breakfast. This was our 4th and last drive in the Bijani zone, we were unlucky with Tiger as we missed an early morning encounter seen by another jeep about 5 minutes before we arrived, but this was compensated by a real nice mornings birding.

Highlights as follows:- Indian Peafowl, 5 Rock Dove, 3 Asian Emerald Dove, 2 White-rumped Needletail, 10 Crested Treeswift, Green Sandpiper, 10 Egyptian Vulture, 1 Black Vulture, 1 Himalayan Griffon, 2 Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, 10 Black Kite, 1 Eurasian Hoopoe, 1 White-throated Kingfisher, 1 Coppersmith Barbet, 1 Lineated Barbet, 1 Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, 1 Collared Falconet, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Common Woodshrike, 1 Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, 5 Common Iora, Long-tailed Shrike, 3 Black-hooded Oriole, 1 White-bellied Drongo, White-throated Fantail, 3 Large-billed Crow, (Indian Jungle) 3 Grey-throated Martin, 3 Red-rumped Swallow, 5 Red-vented Bulbul, 20 Himalayan Bulbul, Hume’s Warbler, 4 Grey-hooded Warbler, 7 Grey-breasted Prinia, 3 Plain Prinia, Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Yellow-eyed Babbler, 10 Oriental White-eye, 5 Jungle Babbler, Indian Robin, Blue Whistling-Thrush, 2 Himalayan Rubythroat, 2 Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 7 Siberian Stonechat (Siberian), Grey Bushchat, 15 Black-throated Thrush, Grey Wagtail, White-browed Wagtail, 3 Paddyfield Pipit and female White-capped Bunting.

After breakfast we transferred to our next accommodation, the beautiful and luxurious Jims Jungle Resort – a beautiful lodge with great gardens and wonderful food! We enjoyed a lovely lunch and then headed in the jeeps to the Jhirna zone of Corbett NP.

Again lots of birds this afternoon and a definite highlight seeing both Oriental Pied and Great hornbills. Other avian highlights:- Indian Peafowl, 4 Red Junglefowl, Rock Dove, 4 Crested Treeswift, 2 Red-wattled Lapwing, 2 Cattle Egret (Eastern), Black-winged Kite, Black Vulture, Himalayan Griffon, 15 Himalayan Griffon, 2 Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Shikra 2 Black Kite, Spotted Owlet, 4 Great Hornbill, 2 Oriental Pied-Hornbill, 2 White-throated Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, 2 Coppersmith Barbet, 3 Lineated Barbet, Black-rumped Flameback, Peregrine Falcon, 10 Plum-headed Parakeet, 10 Small Minivet, 2 Long-tailed Shrike, 2 Black-hooded Oriole, Ashy Drongo, 4 Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle), 5 Grey-throated Martin, 4 Barn Swallow, 3 Red-rumped Swallow, 5 Black-crested Bulbul, 4 Red-vented Bulbul, 7 Red-whiskered Bulbul, 15 Himalayan Bulbu,l 3 Hume’s Warbler, 2 Grey-hooded Warbler, 6 Oriental White-eye, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, 20 Jungle Babbler, Indian Robin, Eastern Black Redstart, Pied Bushchat, 2 Common Myna, 3 Golden-fronted Leafbird, Grey Wagtail and Citrine Wagtail.

Overnight at Jungle Jims Lodge

Saturday 8th December 6.30am – 1030am Corbett NP Jhirna zone – Jeep safari

After tea and biscuits we headed out again at 6.15am for a pre-breakfast drive arriving back at 10.30 for breakfast. This was our final safari drive in Corbett NP and in the Bijani zone, we had been unlucky with Tiger thus far and we all kept our fingers crossed, though it proved for the first time in 4 years not to be! However, the quality of birding, scenery and the experience meant everyone was still full of enthusiasm and we again enjoyed a constant flow of birds –

30 Indian Peafowl, 2 Black Francolin, 2 Red Junglefowl, 100 Crested Treeswift, Eurasian Coot, 2 Cattle Egret, Black-winged Kite, 10 Himalayan Griffon, Hen Harrier, 2 Great Hornbill, 8 Oriental Pied-Hornbill, White-throated Kingfisher, 4 Lineated Barbet, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, 2 Black-rumped Flameback, 2 Grey-headed Woodpecker, 20 Plum-headed Parakeet, , Common Iora, 10 Scarlet Minivet, Great Grey Shrike, 4 Black-hooded Oriole, 2 Ashy Drongo, White-bellied Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, 2 Spangled Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, 2 White-throated Fantail, 5 Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle), 5 Grey-throated Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, 2 Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Black-crested Bulbul, 4 Red-vented Bulbul, 2 Red-whiskered Bulbul, 7 Himalayan Bulbul, 4 Hume’s Warbler, Greenish Warbler, 2 Grey-hooded Warbler, 4 Plain Prinia, Lesser Whitethroat, Oriental White-eye, 15 Jungle Babbler, 2 Indian Robin, 5 Blue Whistling-Thrush, 2 Siberian Stonechat, 2 Grey Bushchat, 4 Golden-fronted Leafbird, Purple Sunbird and Long-billed Pipit.

Back for breakfast to Jim Jungles Lodge. Post breakfast we loaded up the minibus and just as we were leaving, a nice flock came through the lodge area, notable birds were:-

Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, 4 Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Jungle Owlet and Black Bulbul.

We headed off and stopped off at the dam area on the Kosi barrage near Ramnagar – lots of activity here and the Dusky Crag Martin was new for the trip!

Birds recorded here :- 200 Ruddy Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 4 Rock Dove, 20 Crested Treeswift, 2 Common Moorhen, 3 Red-wattled Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, 2 Little Cormorant, 80 Great Cormorant (Continental), 25 Indian Cormorant, 5 Cattle Egret (Eastern), 2 Indian Pond Heron, Black-winged Kite, 2 Black Kite, 2 White-throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, 4 Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle), 35 Grey-throated Martin, Dusky Crag Martin, 5 Barn Swallow, 2 Red-rumped Swallow, 10 Red-vented Bulbul, 10 Himalayan Bulbul, 4 Grey-hooded Warbler, 10 Jungle Babbler, Indian Robin, 3 Blue Whistling-Thrush and 5 Common Myna.

We took the steady and winding journey up into the foothills of Himalaya’s, we passed through the outskirts of Nainatal and the first Ooh’s and Ahh’s were not for birds, but the amazing distant 8000m Himalayan snow topped peaks rising up on the skyline as we neared Pangot!

We arrived at Jungle Lore Lodge, Pangot late afternoon, the flock of 50 White-throated Laughing-thrush at 5m entertaining everyone on arrival!

After a quick cuppa there was just enough time for a quick wander around the camp, with a nice selection of new birds in our new forested habitat at 1500m above sea level.

1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 10 Black-headed Jay, 1 Grey Treepie, Grey-hooded Warbler, Striated Laughingthrush, , 2 Streaked Laughingthrush, 4 Rufous Sibia and 20 Yellow-breasted Greenfinch.

After dinner we tried for the Mountain Scops Owl, but without any response or luck.

Overnight at Jungle Lore, Pangot. Jungle Lore features a group of rustic bungalows set in the foothills of the Himalayas, food is good and the restaurant area is lovely. The rooms are comfortable, with western hot showers, toilets etc.

Sunday 9th December 2018

After tea and biscuits at 6.15am we headed up to visit the highest part of the valley the Vinayak area at 1800m with Pheasants on our minds.

We arrived on the higher tracks as the sun was rising, truly amazing views across to the high Himalayas, we stopped and took some quick images. After a couple of brief stops to listen and search we were still out of luck with the Koklass. With no calls we headed higher into the forest and then the open mountainous grassland area.

Scanning here produced close Himalayan Griffon Vulture and then the local guide found a real star and sought after species. It took a few minutes, as we could see initially was grass moving, then the bird’s head appeared, and then the tail, and eventually we could all see an  unmistakable male Cheer Pheasant. It afforded good views and we took turns to enjoy this globally threated species. Also in this area and whilst eating our packed breakfast we enjoyed 4 Kalij Pheasant, 8 Alpine Swift, 10 Himalayan Griffon, ringtail Hen Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, 2 Himalayan Buzzard a Collared Owlet calling and 20 Himalayan Accentor.

The higher elevation forest birding provided small parties of birds and we managed to locate:-

3 Himalayan Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, 10 Eurasian Jay, 12 Eurasian Crag Martin, 4 Coal Tit (Black-crested), 2 Green-backed Tit, 1 Cinereous Tit, 1 Himalayan Black-lored Tit, 10 Black-throated Tit, 1 White-tailed Nuthatch, 6 Himalayan Bulbul, 2 Buff-barred Warbler, 3 Grey-hooded Warbler 2 Striated Prinia 2 Oriental White-eye 1 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler 8 Streaked Laughingthrush, 2 Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, 10 Rufous Sibia and 5 Blue Whistling-Thrush.

The highest point provided us with superb views of a real stunner, a superb male Himalayan Bluetail along with a female. We continued on into a more open habitat which provided Blue-capped Redstart, 2 Mistle Thrush, 150 Himalayan Accentor, 5 Rock Bunting, 20 House Sparrow and 15 Russet Sparrow.  

We then headed back down through the forest but it was now late morning and the activity was slowing.

After a leisurely lunch we walked around the camp, we had nice views of 15 Yellow-breasted Greenfinch and then visited a screen complete with a feeding and drinking pool area that the camp has set up. We enjoyed nice close views of:- 20 Black-headed Jay, 2 Green-backed Tit, 8 Black-throated Tit, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, 2 Buff-barred Warbler, 1 Striated Prinia, 10 Oriental White-eye, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, 3 Striated Laughing-thrush, 40 White-throated Laughing-thrush, 5 Streaked Laughing-thrush, 2 Chestnut-crowned Laughing-thrush, and 5 Rufous Sibia.

It had been a great day, and we thought we had finished birding for the day. That was after dinner when I treid again for the Owl. This time the Mountain Scops Owl arrived calling and at very close range we had amazing torchlight views of this tricky, nocturnal species!

Overnight at Jungle Lore, Pangot.

Pangot images top to bottom Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, Chestnut-crowned laughing-thrush, Himalayan Bluetail, Red-billed Blue magpie, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Blyth’s Shrike-babbler

Corbett & Pangot images top to bottom Plum-headed Parakeet, Greater Flameback, Cheer Pheasant, Blue-throated barbet, Black-throated thrush, Group at foothills, Asian Barred owlet & Mountain Scops Owl

Pangot images top to bottom Black-headed Jay, Black-crested Bulbul, Rufous Sibia, Himalayan Accentor, Red Junglefowl, Views to Himalayas, Russet Sparrow & Steppe Eagle

Monday 10th December 2018

After a discussion amongst the group, we decided to have another attempt for Koklass pheasants, so it was a repeat performance of yesterday morning with tea and biscuits at 6.15am. We searched the lower half without success and stopped off again to admire the amazing view towards the snow topped Himalaya. We couldn’t find any Koklass but we did have good views of several Kalij Pheasant.

After eating our packed breakfast we headed lower down we had a nice flock with 2 Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, 2 Himalayan Woodpecker, 3 Himalayan Shrike-Babbler, 2 Common Raven, 5 Yellow-browed Tit, 5 Black-throated Tit, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, 8 Black-faced Warbler, 3 Buff-barred Warbler, 2 Blue-capped Redstart, Fire-tailed Sunbird, 1 Green-tailed Sunbird.

We headed down for lunch and then headed out into the lower valley area of Mahrora. We did several stops as we descended and we had a great afternoon with lots of birds, including several new species in the scrubby open habitat.

Highlights were:-  70 Himalayan Griffon, 5 Steppe Eagle, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Asian Barred Owlet, 1 Great Barbet, 1 Grey-headed Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Minivet, Long-tailed Shrike, 12 Bronzed Drongo, 2 Black-headed Jay, 1 Red-billed Blue-Magpie, 20 Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle), 3 Eurasian Crag Martin, 1 Green-backed Tit, 2 Cinereous Tit, 4 Himalayan Black-lored Tit, 2 Wallcreeper, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, 10 Himalayan Bulbul, 35 Black Bulbul, Ashy-throated Warbler, 10 Buff-barred Warbler, 6 Grey-hooded Warbler, 2 Striated Prinia, Whiskered Yuhina, Black-chinned Babbler, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, 3 Striated Laughingthrush, 10 White-throated Laughingthrush, 5 Streaked Laughingthrush, 2 Blue-winged Minla, 12 Blue Whistling-Thrush, Spotted Forktail, 4 Blue-fronted Redstart, 3 Blue-capped Redstart, 2 Siberian Stonechat, 1 Fire-tailed Sunbird, 25 Himalayan Accentor, 2 Pink-browed Rosefinch, 20 Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, 10 Rock Bunting and 3 Russet Sparrow  

We had another lovely evening, our last up in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Tuesday 11th December

Our last morning! Several of us headed out for a pre-breakfast walk whilst others decided to relax and have a lie in! We took a walk around the camp 7.15am to 8.45am.

Excellent close views of 3 Black-throated thrush, plus 2 Black Francolin, 8 Rock Dove, 2 Red-breasted Parakeet, 2 Red-billed Blue-Magpie, Red-vented Bulbul, 2 Himalayan Bulbul, 2 Grey-hooded Warbler, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, 1 Striated Laughingthrush, 50 White-throated Laughingthrush, 6 Streaked Laughingthrush, 3 Rufous Sibia, and 10 Yellow-breasted Greenfinch

After breakfast we said farewell and headed down towards Kathgodom, we stopped off en-route at Tulsi river bridge.

This gave us our last new species of the trip a female Common Rosefinch , also 5 Red-vented Bulbul, 5 Himalayan Bulbul, 3 Pale-rumped Warbler, 3 Chestnut-crowned Laughing-thrush.

The group then boarded the train back to Delhi on a largely uneventful journey. Where eventually everyone was dropped off at the airport.

Wednesday 12th December 2019

The group departed from Delhi for Heathrow in the early hours of Wednesday 12th December.

Systematic List of Birds recorded

1        Lesser Whistling-Duck – Dendrocygna javanica

2        Bar-headed Goose – Anser indicus

3        Greylag Goose – Anser anser

4        Knob-billed Duck – Sarkidiornis melanotos

5        Ruddy Shelduck – Tadorna ferruginea

6        Cotton Pygmy-Goose – Nettapus coromandelianus

7        Garganey – Spatula querquedula

8        Northern Shoveler – Spatula clypeata

9        Gadwall – Mareca strepera

10      Eurasian Wigeon – Mareca penelope

11      Indian Spot-billed Duck – Anas poecilorhyncha

12      Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos

13      Northern Pintail – Anas acuta

14      Eurasian Teal – Anas crecca

15      Red-crested Pochard – Netta rufina

16      Common Pochard – Aythya ferina

17      Ferruginous Duck – Aythya nyroca

18      Hill Partridge – Arborophila torqueola

19      Indian Peafowl – Pavo cristatus

20      Black Francolin – Francolinus francolinus

21      Grey Francolin – Francolinus pondicerianus

22      Red Junglefowl – Gallus gallus

23      Cheer Pheasant – Catreus wallichii

24      Kalij Pheasant – Lophura leucomelanos

25      Greater Flamingo – Phoenicopterus roseus

26      Little Grebe – Tachybaptus ruficollis

27      Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus

28      Rock Dove – Columba livia

29      Collared Dove – Streptopelia decaocto

30      Red Collared Dove – Streptopelia tranquebarica

31      Laughing Dove – Streptopelia senegalensis

32      Asian Emerald Dove – Chalcophaps indica

33      Yellow-footed Pigeon – Treron phoenicopterus

34      Pin-tailed Pigeon – Treron apicauda

35      Greater Coucal – Centropus sinensis

36      Asian Koel – Eudynamys scolopaceus

37      Common Hawk-Cuckoo – Hierococcyx varius

38      White-rumped Needletail – Zoonavena sylvatica

39      Himalayan Swiftlet – Aerodramus brevirostris

40      Alpine Swift – Apus melba

41      Little Swift – Apus affinis

42      Crested Treeswift – Hemiprocne coronata

43      Common Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus

44      Eurasian Coot – Fulica atra

45      Grey-headed Swamphen – Porphyrio poliocephalus

46      White-breasted Waterhen – Amaurornis phoenicurus

47      Sarus Crane – Antigone antigone

48      Black-winged Stilt – Himantopus himantopus

49      Pied Avocet – Recurvirostra avosetta

50      Ibisbill – Ibidorhyncha struthersii

51      River Lapwing – Vanellus duvaucelii

52      Red-wattled Lapwing – Vanellus indicus

53      White-tailed Lapwing – Vanellus leucurus

54      Greater Painted-Snipe – Rostratula benghalensis

55      Pheasant-tailed Jacana – Hydrophasianus chirurgus

56      Bronze-winged Jacana – Metopidius indicus

57      Black-tailed Godwit – Limosa limosa

58      Ruff – Calidris pugnax

59      Temminck’s Stint – Calidris temminckii

60      Common Snipe – Gallinago gallinago

61      Common Sandpiper – Actitis hypoleucos

62      Green Sandpiper – Tringa ochropus

63      Spotted Redshank – Tringa erythropus

64      Common Greenshank – Tringa nebularia

65      Marsh Sandpiper – Tringa stagnatilis

66      Wood Sandpiper – Tringa glareola

67      Common Redshank – Tringa totanus

68      Indian Courser – Cursorius coromandelicus

69      Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus

70      Brown-headed Gull – Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus

71      Pallas’s Gull – Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus

72      Whiskered Tern – Chlidonias hybrida

73      River Tern – Sterna aurantia

74      Asian Openbill – Anastomus oscitans

75      Black Stork – Ciconia nigra

76      Woolly-necked Stork – Ciconia episcopus

77      Black-necked Stork – Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

78      Painted Stork – Mycteria leucocephala

79      Oriental Darter – Anhinga melanogaster

80      Little Cormorant – Microcarbo niger

81      Great Cormorant – Phalacrocorax carbo

82      Indian Cormorant – Phalacrocorax fuscicollis

83      Great White Pelican – Pelecanus onocrotalus

84      Dalmatian Pelican – Pelecanus crispus

85      Yellow Bittern – Ixobrychus sinensis

86      Black Bittern – Ixobrychus flavicollis

87      Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea

88      Purple Heron – Ardea purpurea

89      Great White Egret – Ardea alba

90      Intermediate Egret – Ardea intermedia

91      Little Egret – Egretta garzetta

92      Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis

93      Indian Pond Heron – Ardeola grayii

94      Striated Heron – Butorides striata

95      Black-crowned Night-Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax

96      Glossy Ibis – Plegadis falcinellus

97      Black-headed Ibis – Threskiornis melanocephalus

98      Red-naped Ibis – Pseudibis papillosa

99      Eurasian Spoonbill – Platalea leucorodia

100    Black-winged Kite – Elanus caeruleus

101    Egyptian Vulture – Neophron percnopterus

102    Red-headed Vulture – Sarcogyps calvus

103    Black Vulture – Aegypius monachus

104    Himalayan Griffon – Gyps himalayensis

105    Crested Serpent-Eagle – Spilornis cheela

106    Changeable Hawk-Eagle – Nisaetus limnaeetus

107    Mountain Hawk-Eagle – Nisaetus nipalensis

108    Rufous-bellied Eagle – Lophotriorchis kienerii

109    Indian Spotted Eagle – Clanga hastata

110    Greater Spotted Eagle – Clanga clanga

111    Booted Eagle – Hieraaetus pennatus

112    Steppe Eagle – Aquila nipalensis

113    Imperial Eagle – Aquila heliaca

114    Bonelli’s Eagle – Aquila fasciata

115    Western Marsh Harrier – Circus aeruginosus

116    Hen Harrier – Circus cyaneus

117    Pallid Harrier – Circus macrourus

118    Shikra – Accipiter badius

119    Eurasian Sparrowhawk – Accipiter nisus

120    Black Kite – Milvus migrans

121    Black-eared Kite – Milvus migrans linaetus

122    Pallas’s Fish-Eagle – Haliaeetus leucoryphus

123    Lesser Fish-Eagle – Haliaeetus humilis

124    Himalayan Buzzard – Buteo refectus

125    Mountain Scops Owl – Otus spilocephalus

126    Dusky Eagle Owl – Bubo coromandus

127    Tawny Fish-Owl – Ketupa flavipes

128    Collared Owlet – Glaucidium brodiei

129    Asian Barred Owlet – Glaucidium cuculoides

130    Jungle Owlet – Glaucidium radiatum

131    Spotted Owlet – Athene brama

132    Eurasian Hoopoe – Upupa epops

133    Great Hornbill – Buceros bicornis

134    Indian Grey Hornbill – Ocyceros birostris

135    Oriental Pied-Hornbill – Anthracoceros albirostris

136    Common Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis

137    White-throated Kingfisher – Halcyon smyrnensis

138    Crested Kingfisher – Megaceryle lugubris

139    Pied Kingfisher – Ceryle rudis

140    Blue-bearded Bee-eater – Nyctyornis athertoni

141    Green Bee-eater – Merops orientalis

142    Indian Roller – Coracias benghalensis

143    Coppersmith Barbet – Psilopogon haemacephalus

144    Great Barbet – Psilopogon virens

145    Lineated Barbet – Psilopogon lineatus

146    Brown-headed Barbet – Psilopogon zeylanicus

147    Blue-throated Barbet – Psilopogon asiaticus

148    Eurasian Wryneck – Jynx torquilla

149    Brown-capped Woodpecker – Yungipicus nanus

150    Grey-capped Woodpecker – Yungipicus canicapillus

151    Brown-fronted Woodpecker – Dendrocoptes auriceps

152    Rufous-bellied Woodpecker – Dendrocopos hyperythrus

153    Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos macei

154    Himalayan Woodpecker – Dendrocopos himalayensis

155    Rufous Woodpecker – Micropternus brachyurus

156    Himalayan Flameback – Dinopium shorii

157    Black-rumped Flameback – Dinopium benghalense

158    Lesser Yellownape – Picus chlorolophus

159    Streak-throated Woodpecker – Picus xanthopygaeus

160    Scaly-bellied Woodpecker – Picus squamatus

161    Grey-headed Woodpecker – Picus canus

162    Collared Falconet – Microhierax caerulescens

163    Common Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus

164    Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus

165    Ring-necked Parakeet – Psittacula krameri

166    Slaty-headed Parakeet – Psittacula himalayana

167    Plum-headed Parakeet – Psittacula cyanocephala

168    Red-breasted Parakeet – Psittacula alexandri

169    Common Woodshrike – Tephrodornis pondicerianus

170    Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike – Hemipus picatus

171    Common Iora – Aegithina tiphia

172    Small Minivet – Pericrocotus cinnamomeus

173    Long-tailed Minivet – Pericrocotus ethologus

174    Scarlet Minivet – Pericrocotus speciosus

175    Brown Shrike – Lanius cristatus

176    Bay-backed Shrike – Lanius vittatus

177    Long-tailed Shrike – Lanius schach

178    Great Grey Shrike – Lanius excubitor

179    Himalayan Shrike-Babbler – Pteruthius ripleyi

180    Indian Golden Oriole – Oriolus kundoo

181    Black-hooded Oriole – Oriolus xanthornus

182    Maroon Oriole – Oriolus traillii

183    Black Drongo – Dicrurus macrocercus

184    Ashy Drongo – Dicrurus leucophaeus

185    White-bellied Drongo – Dicrurus caerulescens

186    Bronzed Drongo – Dicrurus aeneus

187    Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo – Dicrurus remifer

188    Spangled Drongo – Dicrurus bracteatus

189    Greater Racket-tailed Drongo – Dicrurus paradiseus

190    White-throated Fantail – Rhipidura albicollis

191    White-browed Fantail – Rhipidura aureola

192    Eurasian Jay – Garrulus glandarius

193    Black-headed Jay – Garrulus lanceolatus

194    Red-billed Blue-Magpie – Urocissa erythroryncha

195    Common Green-Magpie – Cissa chinensis

196    Rufous Treepie – Dendrocitta vagabunda

197    Grey Treepie – Dendrocitta formosae

198    House Crow – Corvus splendens

199    Large-billed Crow – Corvus macrorhynchos

200    Eastern Jungle Crow – Corvus levaillantii

201    Common Raven – Corvus corax

202    Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Eremopterix griseus

203    Indian Bushlark – Mirafra erythroptera

204    Greater Short-toed Lark – Calandrella brachydactyla

205    Crested Lark – Galerida cristata

206    Grey-throated Martin – Riparia chinensis

207    Eurasian Crag Martin – Ptyonoprogne rupestris

208    Dusky Crag Martin – Ptyonoprogne concolor

209    Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica

210    Wire-tailed Swallow – Hirundo smithii

211    Red-rumped Swallow – Cecropis daurica

212    Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail – Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus

213    Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher – Culicicapa ceylonensis

214    Yellow-browed Tit – Sylviparus modestus

215    Coal Tit – Periparus ater

216    Green-backed Tit – Parus monticolus

217    Cinereous Tit – Parus cinereus

218    Himalayan Black-lored Tit – Machlolophus xanthogenys

219    Black-throated Tit – Aegithalos concinnus

220    Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch – Sitta cinnamoventris

221    White-tailed Nuthatch – Sitta himalayensis

222    Velvet-fronted Nuthatch – Sitta frontalis

223    Wallcreeper – Tichodroma muraria

224    Bar-tailed Treecreeper – Certhia himalayana

225    Brown Dipper – Cinclus pallasii

226    Black-crested Bulbul – Rubigula flaviventris

227    Red-vented Bulbul – Pycnonotus cafer

228    Red-whiskered Bulbul – Pycnonotus jocosus

229    White-eared Bulbul – Pycnonotus leucotis

230    Himalayan Bulbul – Pycnonotus leucogenys

231    Black Bulbul – Hypsipetes leucocephalus

232    Ashy Bulbul – Hemixos flavala

233    Grey-sided Bush Warbler – Cettia brunnifrons

234    Chestnut-headed Tesia – Cettia castaneocoronata

235    Black-faced Warbler – Abroscopus schisticeps

236    Ashy-throated Warbler – Phylloscopus maculipennis

237    Buff-barred Warbler – Phylloscopus pulcher

238    Hume’s Warbler – Phylloscopus humei

239    Pale-rumped Warbler – Phylloscopus chloronotus

240    Common Chiffchaff – Phylloscopus collybita

241    Greenish Warbler – Phylloscopus trochiloides

242    Grey-hooded Warbler – Phylloscopus xanthoschistos

243    Blyth’s Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus dumetorum

244    Clamorous Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus stentoreus

245    Common Tailorbird – Orthotomus sutorius

246    Striated Prinia – Prinia crinigera

247    Grey-breasted Prinia – Prinia hodgsonii

248    Yellow-bellied Prinia – Prinia flaviventris

249    Ashy Prinia – Prinia socialis

250    Plain Prinia – Prinia inornata

251    Zitting Cisticola – Cisticola juncidis

252    Lesser Whitethroat – Sylvia curruca

253    Yellow-eyed Babbler – Chrysomma sinense

254    Whiskered Yuhina – Yuhina flavicollis

255    Oriental White-eye – Zosterops palpebrosus

256    Black-chinned Babbler – Cyanoderma pyrrhops

257    Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler – Megapomatorhinus erythrogenys

258    Puff-throated Babbler – Pellorneum ruficeps

259    Striated Laughingthrush – Grammatoptila striata

260    Common Babbler – Turdoides caudata

261    Striated Babbler – Turdoides earlei

262    Large Grey Babbler – Turdoides malcolmi

263    Jungle Babbler – Turdoides striata

264    White-crested Laughingthrush – Garrulax leucolophus

265    White-throated Laughingthrush – Ianthocincla albogularis

266    Streaked Laughingthrush – Trochalopteron lineatum

267    Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush – Trochalopteron erythrocephalum

268    Rufous Sibia – Heterophasia capistrata

269    Red-billed Leiothrix – Leiothrix lutea

270    Blue-winged Minla – Actinodura cyanouroptera

271    Indian Robin – Copsychus fulicatus

272    Oriental Magpie-Robin – Copsychus saularis

273    Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher – Cyornis tickelliae

274    Small Niltava – Niltava macgrigoriae

275    Rufous-bellied Niltava – Niltava sundara

276    Bluethroat – Luscinia svecica

277    Blue Whistling-Thrush – Myophonus caeruleus

278    Little Forktail – Enicurus scouleri

279    Spotted Forktail – Enicurus maculatus

280    Siberian Rubythroat – Calliope calliope

281    Himalayan Rubythroat – Calliope pectoralis

282    Himalayan Bluetail – Tarsiger rufilatus

283    Slaty-blue Flycatcher – Ficedula tricolor

284    Rusty-tailed Flycatcher – Ficedula ruficauda

285    Red-breasted Flycatcher – Ficedula parva

286    Blue-fronted Redstart – Phoenicurus frontalis

287    Plumbeous Redstart – Phoenicurus fuliginosus

288    White-capped Redstart – Phoenicurus leucocephalus

289    Blue-capped Redstart – Phoenicurus coeruleocephala

290    Black Redstart – Phoenicurus ochruros

291    Blue Rock Thrush – Monticola solitarius

292    Siberian Stonechat – Saxicola maurus

293    Pied Bushchat – Saxicola caprata

294    Grey Bushchat – Saxicola ferreus

295    Indian Chat – Cercomela fusca

296    Desert Wheatear – Oenanthe deserti

297    Isabelline Wheatear – Oenanthe isabellina

298    Long-billed Thrush – Zoothera monticola

299    Orange-headed Thrush – Geokichla citrina

300    Mistle Thrush – Turdus viscivorus

301    Grey-winged Blackbird – Turdus boulboul

302    Black-throated Thrush – Turdus atrogularis

303    Common Starling – Sturnus vulgaris

304    Asian Pied Starling – Gracupica contra

305    Brahminy Starling – Sturnia pagodarum

306    Common Myna – Acridotheres tristis

307    Bank Myna – Acridotheres ginginianus

308    Golden-fronted Leafbird – Chloropsis aurifrons

309    Fire-breasted Flowerpecker – Dicaeum ignipectus

310    Purple Sunbird – Cinnyris asiaticus

311    Fire-tailed Sunbird – Aethopyga ignicauda

312    Black-throated Sunbird – Aethopyga saturata

313    Green-tailed Sunbird – Aethopyga nipalensis

314    Crimson Sunbird – Aethopyga siparaja

315    Himalayan Accentor – Prunella himalayana

316    Grey Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea

317    Western Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava

318    Citrine Wagtail – Motacilla citreola

319    White-browed Wagtail – Motacilla maderaspatensis

320    Pied Wagtail/White Wagtail – Motacilla alba

321    Paddyfield Pipit – Anthus rufulus

322    Long-billed Pipit – Anthus similis

323    Tawny Pipit – Anthus campestris

324    Olive-backed Pipit – Anthus hodgsoni

325    Common Rosefinch – Carpodacus erythrinus

326    Pink-browed Rosefinch – Carpodacus rodochroa

327    Yellow-breasted Greenfinch – Chloris spinoides

328    Rock Bunting – Emberiza cia

329    Chestnut-breasted Bunting – Emberiza stewarti

330    House Sparrow – Passer domesticus

331    Russet Sparrow – Passer cinnamomeus

332    Bengal Weaver – Ploceus benghalensis

333    Red Avadavat – Amandava amandava

334    Indian Silverbill – Euodice malabarica

335    Scaly-breasted Munia – Lonchura punctulata


Greater Indian Fruit Bat

Rhesus Macaque

Hanuman Langur

Golden Jackal

Indian Grey Mongoose

Indian Elephant

Wild Boar


Indian Muntjac


Spotted Deer or Chital


Five-striped Ground Squirrel


Soft-celled Ganges Turtle

Golden Mahseer (fish)

Future Tours

If you are interested in joining us this tour will run again in December 2019. Please visit the website for details –

Norfolk Birding

Tel: 07876 357677

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