Sunday, 29 March 2015

Patience is a Virtue...!

We spent the morning on a jeep safari around the grasslands from Dhikala and again went in search of Tiger, but has so often happened during my time this year in India, turned out negatively. There are plenty of Tigers here but we just don’t seem to have the luck with us and I know of at least three other sightings this morning from other jeeps.... 

We did a lot of waiting for Tigers...

And more waiting.....

Still waiting.....

But we did enjoy another good run of birds with a superb male White-tailed (Himalayan) Rubythroat sat out singing in the early morning sunshine and this turned out to be our only sighting of the entire tour. 

Himalayan (White-tailed) Rubythroat

Common Hawk-Cuckoo
Common Hawk-Cuckoo

We also enjoyed fine views of a Common Hawk-Cuckoo, Bright-headed Cisticola, Common Green Magpie, Oriental Skylark, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, and both White-capped and Crested Buntings.

Crested Bunting

White-capped Bunting

White-capped Bunting

We saw Great Thick-Knee along here...

After breakfast we packed up and left on the drive towards civilization, stopping at a forest lodge en-route for lunch. This was in a great location within the forest and of particular note was a Tickell’s Thrush showing nicely around a fruiting tree. Driving out of the park we saw a Besra, several Blue-throated Barbets, Coppersmith Barbet, Himalayan Flameback, Ashy Woodswallow, Large Cuckooshrike, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Plumbeous and White-capped Water-Redstarts.

Brown Fish Owl

Other goodies seen today included Red-headed Vulture, Western Osprey, Brown Fish-OwlFulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Crested Kingfisher, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Rosy Pipit, and some Yellow-eyed Babblers. In the evening I managed to call in a Brown Bobook outside the lodge – which was just one of eight owls seen on this tour.

Indian Roller in the early morning light.

Red-headed Vulture

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