Upcoming Tours

These tours are all scheduled, and will be led by Mike. If the dates do not suit you, note that any of these can also run at other dates with local guides: do check out the full list of available tours, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Dusky Eagle Owl Short Birding Break

Bharatpur & Chambal River Birding

Sat 7 – Wed 11 November 2020

5 days

Short birding break to Keoladeo (or Keoladeo Ghana) National Park, better known as Bharatpur. One of the most outstanding wetland reserves in Asia, and a World Heritage site, it attracts many thousands of wildfowl, herons, storks, cranes, waders, and raptors, after the monsoon has refilled the shallow ‘jheels’. It’s compact size and this diversity means that a full day birding in the park could well produce 150 species of birds.

This is followed by a stay at the Chambal Safari Lodge, the base for a boat ride on the Chambal River, and sightings of Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, and Marsh Mugger and Gharial crocodiles.

Target Species

  • Ferruginous Duck
  • Dusky Warbler
  • Greater Short-toed Lark
  • Pin-tailed Snipe
  • Eastern Imperial Eagle
  • Black-necked Stork
  • Eurasian Wryneck
  • Dalmatian Pelican
  • Variable Wheatear
  • Yellow-bellied Prinia
  • Mallard
  • Large-tailed Nightjar
  • Indian Courser
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Crested Honey Buzzard
  • Lesser Adjutant
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Cotton Pygmy Goose
  • Ruddy Shelduck
  • Citrine Wagtail
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Ibisbill Short Birding Break

Himalayan Birding Tour—Corbett & Pangot

Sat 14 – Fri 20 November 2020

7 days

The forests of Corbett National Park and the Himalayan foothills makes for an unbeatable birding experience, with comfortable stays and the culture of the Kumaoni people. Corbett National Park is one of the most scenic reserves in India. A famous hunting-turned-conservation story, some of the more interesting species include Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagles, Cinereous Vulture, Tawny Fish Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ibisbill, and Wallcreeper, plus of course tigers, leopards, and elephants.

The Himalayan hamlets of Pangot and Sattal near Nainital have excellent birding in the oak, pine and rhododendron forests, including Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Bearded Vulture, Upland Pipit and Grey-crowned Prinia.

Target Species

  • Red-billed Leiothrix
  • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • Great Hornbill
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Grey-hooded Warbler
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Rosy Minivet
  • Green-tailed Sunbird
  • Bar-tailed Treecreeper
  • White-capped Redstart
  • Rosy Pipit
  • Blue-fronted Redstart
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Nepal Cupwing
  • Long-tailed Broadbill
  • Little Forktail
  • Black Francolin
  • White-crested Laughingthrush
  • Chestnut-headed Tesia
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Great Indian Bustard Short Birding Break

Birding Rajasthan—Desert National Park & Tal Chhapar

Sat 21 – Fri 27 November 2020

7 days

This tour visits the best of Rajasthan’s deserts, starting at the wonderful small sanctuary of Tal Chhapar before trying to find one main bird that, sadly, could well be extinct in our lifetimes—the spectacular Great Indian Bustard in the Desert National Park. We will also enjoy one of India’s avian spectacles at close quarters, the wintering flock of thousands of Demoiselle Cranes at Khichan. Other key birds include Spotted and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, and a fine assortment of cranes, raptors, larks, wheatears and buntings.

Target Species

  • Red-necked Falcon
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Rufous-fronted Prinia
  • Bimaculated Lark
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Short-toed Snake Eagle
  • Cream-colored Courser
  • Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark
  • Greater Short-toed Lark
  • Rufous-tailed Lark
  • Large-tailed Nightjar
  • Black Francolin
  • Variable Wheatear
  • Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Barred Buttonquail
  • Indian Vulture
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Bay-backed Shrike
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Great Knot Short Birding Break

Birds of Goa

Sat 5 – Thu 10 December 2020

6 days

Short birding break to Goa, on the Arabian Sea. Famous of course as one of India’s prime beach destinations, with fresh delicious seafood, luxurious resorts and a fascinating colonial heritage, Goa has a lot to offer. Less well-known is that it is a fabulous place for birding, with a huge diversity from the coastal marshes with shorebirds, gulls and terns, to the verdant Western Ghats forests and many of India’s endemic species.

We start in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats, and also visit Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, looking for several endemics. From there it is to the coast and a little bit of relaxing, but more birding of course. We will visit Morjim Beach for waders and gulls, which could include Great Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and even Crab Plover.

Target Species

  • White-rumped Shama
  • Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Crimson-backed Sunbird
  • Malabar Starling
  • Jerdon’s Nightjar
  • Sanderling
  • Black-headed Bunting
  • Blyth’s Pipit
  • Grey-fronted Green Pigeon
  • Crested Treeswift
  • Brown-breasted Flycatcher
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush
  • Malabar Pied Hornbill
  • Indian Pitta
  • Sri Lanka Frogmouth
  • Malabar Lark
  • Mongolian Short-toed Lark
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
  • Black-naped Monarch
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Western Ghats Endemic Birds

Mon 28 December 2020 – Mon 11 January 2021

15 days

$3,890

This tour focuses on the endemic birds of the Western Ghats of South India, one of the 36 global biodiversity hotspots due to its large amount of endemism and diversity. The area is important for wintering migrants too, and we are guaranteed some great birds and wildlife throughout as we visit most of the top birding sites in the region. We will see most of the 37 South Indian endemics, plus many of those shared with Sri Lanka, and an excellent selection of large mammals. Key bird species include lots with Malabar and Nilgiri in their name!

Starting from Bangalore in Karnataka, we take a southerly route through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Main birding sites include the River Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai National Park, the Nilgiri Hills, Periyar National Park and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.

Target Species

  • Malabar Woodshrike
  • Pin-tailed Snipe
  • Sri Lanka Bay Owl
  • Indian Scops Owl
  • Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
  • Grey-headed Bulbul
  • White-bellied Drongo
  • White-rumped Vulture
  • Brown Shrike
  • Indian Pitta
  • Black-throated Munia
  • Oriental Scops Owl
  • Wayanad Laughingthrush
  • Grey Junglefowl
  • Malabar Lark
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush
  • Jungle Owlet
  • Thick-billed Warbler
  • Yellow-browed Bulbul
  • Chestnut-winged Cuckoo
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Andamans Endemic Birds

Mon 11 – Sat 16 January 2021

6 days

$1,425

Pristine beaches, clear waters, sandy shores and beautiful sunsets make the Andaman Islands a tropical idyll. But the main interest for birders are the 20 endemic and near-endemic birds. Being closer to Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia than India, the avifauna is also closely related to that of southeast Asia.

Target species will include Andaman Green-Pigeon, Andaman Cuckooshrike, Andaman Crake, Andaman Nightjar, Andaman Scops Owl, Andaman Treepie, Andaman Shama and Andaman Teal – some imaginative naming! – as well as non-endemics that are easier to encounter here than in much of the rest of India, such as Slaty-breasted Rail, Black-naped Tern, Black Baza, Violet Cuckoo and Beach Thick-knee.

There will be opportunities for snorkelling the wonderful coral reefs around the islands for those who would rather take in some wildlife below sea level!

Target Species

  • Andaman Coucal
  • Black-naped Oriole
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Andaman Cuckoo-Dove
  • Edible-nest Swiftlet
  • Oriental Reed Warbler
  • Andaman Scops Owl
  • Andaman Serpent Eagle
  • Black Baza
  • Pacific Reef Heron
  • Andaman Woodpecker
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
  • Long-tailed Parakeet
  • Andaman Green Pigeon
  • Red-necked Stint
  • Red-throated Pipit
  • Freckle-breasted Woodpecker
  • Andaman Drongo
  • Andaman Hawk-Owl
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Birds & Wildlife of Rajasthan & Gujarat

Sat 23 January – Mon 8 February 2021

17 days

$4,850

The western deserts of India, provide spectacular birding in one of India’s richest cultural regions, home to some of the rarest birds in the country. The Thar Desert of Rajasthan, in the Desert National Park, is the last remaining stronghold of the Great Indian Bustard, a species that sadly could well be extinct in our lifetimes. Nearby is one of India’s avian spectacles, the wintering flock of thousands of Demoiselle Cranes at Khichan. Other key birds include Spotted and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, and a fine assortment of cranes, raptors, larks, wheatears and buntings.

A break from desert landscapes awaits us at the charming hill station of Mount Abu, the only regular site for the endemic Green Avadavat.

Moving on to the state of Gujarat we will spend time in the Little Rann of Kutch Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, before ending up at the vast salt desert of the Greater Rann. This unique region is astonishingly rich in bird life, particularly in winter when large numbers of waterfowl, along with desert species, can be seen.

Target Species

  • Indian Courser
  • Rufous-tailed Lark
  • Black-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Buff-bellied Pipit
  • Grey-necked Bunting
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Great Indian Bustard
  • Asian Desert Warbler
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Trumpeter Finch
  • Laggar Falcon
  • Isabelline Shrike
  • Desert Wheatear
  • Great White Pelican
  • Northern Raven
  • Saker Falcon
  • Red-tailed Wheatear
  • Indian Eagle-Owl
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Birds & Mammals of Coastal Gujarat, Gir & Velavadar

Sat 6 – Sat 13 February 2021

8 days

$2,425

The Gujarat coast is one of the richest areas for wintering waterbirds in India and we start in Jamnagar where sites such as Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary will show us thousands of flamingos and hopefully large flocks of one of our main targets here, Crab Plover.

Gir National Park is the only site remaining in India for the Asiatic Lion. The local population is currently doing well with an estimated 600 lions, and we also have a reasonable chance of seeing a Leopard. Birds include Mottled Wood Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Pitta, Red-headed Vulture, and Barred Buttonquail.

Velavadar National Park protects a large remaining area of grassland, a habitat very much threatened elsewhere, with a spectacular evening harrier roost. It is famous for its Blackbucks, Wolf and Striped Hyena. Birds include Common Crane, Dalmatian Pelican, Eastern Imperial Eagle, and Painted Francolin, as well as the rare Stoliczka’s Bushchat.

Target Species

  • White-naped Woodpecker
  • Demoiselle Crane
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Cream-colored Courser
  • Great Indian Bustard
  • Sirkeer Malkoha
  • Red-necked Falcon
  • Greater Short-toed Lark
  • Rufous-fronted Prinia
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Dalmatian Pelican
  • Sociable Lapwing
  • Barred Buttonquail
  • Common Crane
  • Eastern Imperial Eagle
  • Grey-necked Bunting
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Short-toed Snake Eagle
  • Merlin
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Great Indian Bustard and other Rajasthan Birding Highlights

Sat 13 – Sun 21 February 2021

9 days

$2,410

This special tour focusses on one main bird that, sadly, could well be extinct in our lifetimes. As well as the spectacular Great Indian Bustard, the Thar Desert of Rajasthan provides some wonderful birding in one of India’s richest cultural regions.

First, we will spend time at India’s most famous bird reserve, the Keoladeo National Park, or Bharatpur. From there we will enjoy one of India’s avian spectacles at close quarters, the wintering flock of thousands of Demoiselle Cranes at Khichan. Other key birds include Spotted and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, and a fine assortment of cranes, raptors, larks, wheatears and buntings.

This tour is specially arranged so that you can take just one week off work or school – Spring half-term in February is the perfect time of year for Rajasthan – and be back in the office (or school) on Monday morning to regale your colleagues!

Target Species

  • Rufous-fronted Prinia
  • Grey-necked Bunting
  • Variable Wheatear
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Yellow-eyed Pigeon
  • Black-necked Stork
  • Striolated Bunting
  • Asian Desert Warbler
  • Greater Hoopoe-Lark
  • Great White Pelican
  • Cream-colored Courser
  • Ferruginous Duck
  • Rufous-tailed Lark
  • Indian Stone-curlew
  • Indian Vulture
  • Bar-headed Goose
  • Isabelline Wheatear
  • Red-necked Falcon
  • Dusky Eagle-Owl
  • Indian Spotted Creeper
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Classic North India Birds & Wildlife

Sat 27 February – Sun 14 March 2021

16 days

$3,850

Is there a better introduction to India, its scenery, wildlife and birds, than this classic tour from Delhi? For the first-time visitor it is perfect, and the enormous variety of birds throughout means it is always a thrill, even for the regular birder.

We start with big cats, with an afternoon safari at Jhalana giving a good chance of seeing a Leopard, and then to Ranthambore National Park, where Tigers here have been reputed to be fearless of human presence and are often seen during the daytime, so it is one of the best places to see wild tigers anywhere in the world.

Keoladeo National Park, better known as Bharatpur, is well-known to birders as one of the most outstanding wetland reserves in Asia, attracting large numbers of wildfowl, herons, storks, cranes, waders, owls and raptors. A boat on the river at the nearby Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary should give us superb views of Indian Skimmers and Black-bellied Terns, with the fish-eating Gharial crocodile and, if we’re lucky, a Gangetic River Dolphin.

After seeing the Taj Mahal, we move to Corbett National Park, a scenic reserve with a bird species list approximately the same as Britain and Ireland! Some of the more interesting include Pallas’s and Lesser Fish Eagles, Tawny Fish Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Rosy Minivet and Himalayan Rubythroat.

Just three hours’ drive away and the habitat, and birdlife, changes drastically as we get our first views of the mighty Himalayas. Pangot is a small hamlet in Uttarakhand near Nainital, and we will stay at Jungle Lore, India’s first and foremost birding lodge. The oak, pine and rhododendron forests here have excellent birding, including such desirable targets as Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Bearded Vulture, Upland Pipit and Grey-crowned Prinia.

Target Species

  • White-throated Bush Chat
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Grey-crowned Prinia
  • Brown Fish Owl
  • Lesser Yellownape
  • Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle
  • Black Francolin
  • Great Hornbill
  • Golden-headed Cisticola
  • Plumbeous Water Redstart
  • Great Slaty Woodpecker
  • Long-tailed Broadbill
  • Himalayan Bluetail
  • Indian Scops Owl
  • Eastern Grass Owl
  • Collared Falconet
  • Yellow-wattled Lapwing
  • Painted Spurfowl
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Birds of Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Sun 14 – Sat 20 March 2021

7 days

$1,475

Chopta in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary provides some excellent winter and spring birding, and fantastic landscapes. A mix of pine and deodar forest with rhododendrons, amidst lush ‘bugyals’ or grassy meadows, it is probably the best and most easily accessible place in India to see the stunning ‘nine-coloured’ state bird of Uttarakhand, the Himalayan Monal. That alone would be worth the long drive, but the area has much more to offer.

Target Species

  • Black-headed Jay
  • Nepal House Martin
  • Rock Bunting
  • Ashy-throated Warbler
  • Himalayan Bulbul
  • Red-billed Blue Magpie
  • Nepal Cupwing
  • Bar-throated Minla
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Green-tailed Sunbird
  • White-collared Blackbird
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
  • Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-throated Laughingthrush
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Himalayan Buzzard
  • White-capped Redstart
  • Blue-capped Rock Thrush
  • Spotted Forktail
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Endangered Birds & Wildlife of Manas and Meghalaya

Sun 28 March – Sat 3 April 2021

7 days

$2,190

The Eastern Himalaya region teems with biodiversity, including some very special birds and mammals. Manas National Park is a tiger reserve on the Bhutan border, and part of an important elephant corridor. It has a fantastic selection of mammals including the gorgeous Golden Langur. For birds it is a prime site for the critically endangered Bengal Florican, and may also produce Black-tailed Crake, Pied Harrier, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Indian Grassbird, Hodgson’s Bushchat and Rufous-vented Laughingthrush.

Cherrapunjee is famous for being one of the wettest places in the world. For birders though, the Tawny-breasted Wren-babbler is one key reason to visit: a poorly known endemic species that is almost entirely restricted to Meghalaya.

Target Species

  • Crested Treeswift
  • Rosy Pipit
  • Scaly Thrush
  • Great Hornbill
  • Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  • Hodgson’s Redstart
  • Rufous-necked Laughingthrush
  • Hooded Pitta
  • Black-backed Forktail
  • Indochinese Roller
  • River Lapwing
  • Chestnut-capped Babbler
  • Silver-breasted Broadbill
  • Asian Emerald Cuckoo
  • Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler
  • Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler
  • Red-faced Liocichla
  • White-throated Bush Chat
  • Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher
  • Orange-breasted Green Pigeon
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Northeast India Highlights: Eaglenest & Kaziranga Birds & Mammals

Sat 3 – Sun 18 April 2021

16 days

$4,550

Northeast India is one of the most bird-rich regions in the world. The dense forests are home to various species of skulking babblers and similarly plumaged warblers, but also beautiful pheasants and other stunners including the recently discovered Bugun Liocichla.

We start this tour with a visit to lowland Nameri National Park on the Jia Bhoreli river, which has a wide variety of species including Pied Falconet, Oriental Hobby and White-winged Duck. Dirang is our next stop, the base for exploring the Sangti Valley, Mandala Road and, weather-permitting, the high-altitude Sela Pass. At 4,200m, there are birds here that are extremely difficult to find elsewhere in Arunachal and we will hope to connect with Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Solitary Snipe and Grandala.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary needs little introduction to birdwatchers. Unusually for Arunachal Pradesh, this montane forest has the advantage of easy access to a wide altitudinal range thanks to a jeep track which cuts through its heart from Eaglenest Pass at 2800 m down to the flood plains of Assam at 100 m. Eaglenest gained fame when Bugun Liocichla was described, new to science, in 2006. As well as that, we will hope to see many other excellent birds, including Blyth’s and Temminck’s Tragopans, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, Blackish-breasted Babbler (Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler), Long-billed Wren-babbler, Beautiful Nuthatch, and many more.

Kaziranga National Park is our final stop, with its Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephant, and a chance of Tiger. Several localised and endangered birds such as Bengal Florican and Greater Adjutant will be amongst our many targets.

Target Species

  • Yellow-vented Warbler
  • Brown Bullfinch
  • Maroon-backed Accentor
  • Ibisbill
  • Brown-throated Fulvetta
  • Silver-backed Needletail
  • Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch
  • Collared Treepie
  • White-throated Redstart
  • Asian Emerald Cuckoo
  • White-throated Needletail
  • Bar-winged Wren-Babbler
  • Rufous-breasted Bush Robin
  • Maroon Oriole
  • Greater Adjutant
  • Long-billed Wren-Babbler
  • Tibetan Serin
  • Black-headed Shrike-babbler
  • Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird
  • Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler
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Birds of Assam & Mishmi Hills

Mon 19 – Mon 26 April 2021

8 days

$1,950

The Mishmi Hills is the main focus of this tour, but the lowland wet forest at Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuaryhas some fantastic birding as well, including the rare Brown Hornbill and White-winged Duck, and we will also visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, a patchwork of seasonally flooded forests, beels (shallow ponds), and grassy pockets between the arms of the rivers Dibru and the Brahmaputra. Excellent grassland supports a range of rare and specialised birds including the threatened Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Swamp Grass-Babbler, and this is the best place in India to see Jerdon’s Bushchat .

The Mishmi Hills of northeastern Arunachal Pradesh has become popular in recent years as travel restrictions in the state have eased. The area covers a large altitudinal range over a relatively short ground distance which means bird diversity is excellent. The highlight species is the localised Mishmi, or Rusty-throated, Wren-babbler which, after being described from one specimen collected in 1947, was not seen again until 2004. Other superb birds include Blyth’s Tragopan, Sclater’s Monal, Himalayan Owl, Chevron-breasted Babbler (Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler), Gould’s Shortwing, and Purple and Green Cochoas. One highlight will be a stay at the bizarre Mayodia Coffee House where we can guarantee that you certainly won’t get good coffee!

Target Species

  • Bar-winged Wren-Babbler
  • Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
  • Chestnut-crowned Warbler
  • Jerdon’s Baza
  • Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler
  • Streaked Spiderhunter
  • Collared Owlet
  • Blue-eared Kingfisher
  • Swamp Grass Babbler
  • Slaty-blue Flycatcher
  • Large Scimitar Babbler
  • Himalayan Cutia
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Grey-cheeked Warbler
  • Pygmy Cupwing
  • Grey Peacock-Pheasant
  • Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
  • White-hooded Babbler
  • Striated Bulbul
  • Yellow-browed Tit
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Western Tragopan in the Great Himalayan National Park

Sat 29 May – Sun 6 June 2021

9 days

$1,575

This is a specialist birding trip in the spectacular Great Himalayan National Park, focussed on the stunning, enigmatic and very seldom seen Western Tragopan. Find yourself in the midst of this pristine landscape of the mighty Himalayas, enjoying some fantastic birding and hopefully one of the least observed birds in India! As well as the tragopan we hope to see Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, Bearded Vulture, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Spotted Nutcracker, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Collared Grosbeaks and more.

This tour is specially arranged so that you can take just one week off work or school – Summer half-term in May is the perfect time of year for Tragopans – and be back in the office (or school) on Monday morning to regale your colleagues (or school friends, if they’re interested!) with stories of an unforgettable week!

Target Species

  • Yellow Bittern
  • Watercock
  • Western Tragopan
  • Striated Grassbird
  • Spectacled Finch
  • Collared Grosbeak
  • Black Bittern
  • White-throated Bushtit
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • Himalayan Monal
  • Orange Bullfinch
  • White-tailed Stonechat
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Golden Eagle
  • Western Crowned Warbler
  • Plain Mountain Finch
  • Striated Babbler
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Kashmir & Ladakh Birds

Sun 6 – Mon 21 June 2021

16 days

$3,150

Kashmir and Ladakh, across the Himalayas, offer a stark contrast to the rest of the country, in landscape and culture as well as birds and wildlife. We will be mainly concentrating on localised breeding species on this tour, such as Black-necked Crane, Ibisbill, Kashmir Nuthatch, and Kashmir Flycatcher.

A few days based in Srinagar (staying on a houseboat on the edge of Dal Lake) will be spent exploring surrounding forests and valleys, including Dachigam National Park, where we may see Kashmir Nutcracker, Kashmir and Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, and Black-and-yellow Grosbeak. There is also a chance of two amazing finches, Spectacled Finch and the very local Orange Bullfinch.

We travel overland from Kashmir to Ladakh and into the Nubra Valley where two key species are White-browed Tit Warbler and, recently discovered in India, Pale Rosefinch. We then head east to our base at the Tso Kar lake and plains, at over 4,500 m. Black-necked Crane breeds here and we could also see Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Upland Buzzard, Ground-Tit, Brown Accentor, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, and Mongolian Finch. Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiang) is common here, and we might also find ‘Shanku’, the Tibetan Wolf.

Target Species

  • Golden Eagle
  • Solitary Snipe
  • Eurasian Eagle-Owl
  • Upland Buzzard
  • Little Bittern
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Mongolian Finch
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Blanford’s Snowfinch
  • Tibetan Sandgrouse
  • Blue Rock Thrush
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Little Owl
  • Black-necked Crane
  • Bar-headed Goose
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Güldenstädt’s Redstart
  • Hill Pigeon
  • Saker Falcon
  • White-browed Tit-warbler
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