Started out o the long drive to Gir National Park, stopping at an arid hilly area en-route for a walk and found Paddyfield, Long-billed and Tawny Pipits, Sykes’s Warbler, Sykes’s Lark, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Indian Bushlark and other commoner species.
|Eastern Orphean Warbler|
We eventually arrived at Gir Birding Lodge around 3.30pm having had to take a long detour, but it was a relief to finally reach this lovely lodge. After a nice cup of tea and dumping our luggage in the rooms we went out for a walk down to the nearby river.
Here we had nice looks at several Greenish Warblers, White-browed Wagtail, Eurasian Wryneck, Brown-breasted, Tickell’s and Verditer Flycatchers, White-browed Fantail, Common Kingfisher, a brief Yellow Bittern, Common Iora, Cinereous Tit, and 3 dark-phase Crested Honey Buzzards. The bird guide from the lodge, Raman Singh, was very knowledgeable and helpful here.