BHUTAN BIRDING

last place on the roof of the world

Day 1
Arrive Paro at 9.25 Via Drukair from Delhi.
Birding around Paro. Birds we may encounter include Ibisbill, River
Lapwing, Grey-backed Shrike, Oriental Turtle Dove, Rufous-breasted
Accentor, Hodgson’s Redstart and perhaps Black-tailed Crake.  Also do
some Sightseeing around Paro. Overnight at Janka Hotel

Day 2
We spend the morning birding at Chele La Pass. This is a good location
for Himalayan Monal, whilst Blood and Kalij Pheasant are also possible
here. Other possibilities include Yellow-billed Blue Magpie,
Grey-crested & Rufous-fronted Tits, Black-faced Laughingthrush,
Long-tailed Thrush, White-collared Blackbird, Collared Grosbeak,
White-browed and Dark-rumped Rosefinch. Later we drive to Thimphu
(2240m) with birding stops along the way. Sightseeing Overnight at
Thimphu in River View Hotel.

Day 3
We will depart for Gangtey with stops en route as we climb towards
Dochu La Pass. In the afternoon we leave the central highway, turning
south towards Gangtey and we will walk from a point near the Gangtey
La pass at 3358m down into the Phobjika valley. The valley is the
winter home for Black-necked Cranes, but they may well have left by
the time of our visit. We will visit Gangtey Gompa and spend the night
at Gangtey in Dawa Tshering Hotel

Day 4
In the morning we depart for Pele La (3412m) and take a birding walk
down the old road (3375-3000m), stopping for a picnic lunch. Birds
might include Himalayan Griffon, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush,
Grey-sided Bush-warbler and Fire-tailed Sunbird. Later we drive to
Trongsa situated at 2290m and We ascend Yotong La (3275m) and bird
down from summit depending on time. Birds might include Slender-billed
Scimitar-babbler, Great Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Red-headed
Bullfinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Gold-naped Finch. Visit hand-made
textile centre in Chumi valley.  Overnight in Bumthang in River Lodge

Day 5
This morning we head over Shertang La (3418m) and thence through the
Ura valley (2800-2900m), and up Thrumsing La (3757m), and finally down
to the Sengor campsite situated at an elevation of 3000m. Amongst
other things we will hope to find Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan,
Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fire-tailed Sunbird and Great Parrotbill. Overnight at Sengor Camp.

Day 6
Another day birding in the Sengor area. Overnight at Sengor Camp.

Day 7
Birding down the famed Lingmethang road from Sengor camp past Namling to Yongkhola campsite at 1535m. During today and the following two days we will hope to find Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Satyr Tragopan, Blue-fronted Robin, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill,
Rusty-fronted Barwing, Rufous-throated Wren-babbler, Coral-billed
Scimitar-babbler, Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler, Broad-billed
Warbler, Black-throated Parrotbill. With luck we will find Sikkim
Wedge-billed, Long-billed or Bar-winged Wren-babblers. Other
possibilities include Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Blue-bearded Bee-eater,
Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Streak-breasted and Rusty-cheeked
Scimitar-babblers, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Golden-breasted Fulvetta,
Sapphire Flycatcher, White-browed and Lesser Shortwings, Black-headed
Shrike-babbler, Crimson-browed Finch and hopefully (!) much more. Overnight at Yongkhola Camp.

Day 8
A Long drive takes us to Trashigang with birding enroute. We will make
birding stops en-route. Species might include Grey-winged Blackbird,
Brown-throated Treecreeper, Grey-sided Laughingthrush and Little
Bunting.  Overnight at Trashigang in Drukdeothjung Hotel.

Day 9
Morning Sightseeing and long drive to Samrudjonkar. Overnight in Morong  Camp

Day 10
The morning is spent birding around Deothang, and then between Samdrup Jongkhar (250m) and Deothang (850m). A wide variety of birds might include Black Eagle, Emerald Dove, Bronzed Drongo, Green-billed
Malkoha, Great and Oriental Pied Hornbills, Black-crested Bulbul,
Grey-throated Babbler, Black-naped Monarch, Blue-winged
Laughingthrush, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Red-faced Liocichla,
Red-billed Leiothrix and with luck Beautiful Nuthatch. Depart at noon for Guwahati, India.

At Guwahati, you could take the flight to Delhi or opt for a Kaziranga extension.

Kaziranga Extension
Day 10
Depart Deothang for Kaziranga (4-6hrs) by noon after a morning of bird watching. Arrive Kaziranga early evening and check into your lodge at the edge of the National Park.

Day 11-12
Spend the day doing a safari in open safari jeeps in one of the prime zones in Kaziranga. You would also get a chance to explore the Tea Gardens on foot. The birdlife here is incredible with a bird list of little under 500 Species, with birds such as Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Black-necked Stork, Pied and Pallid Harriers, the rare Falcated Duck, Striated and Rufous-rumped Grassbirds, Kaleej Pheasant, Red Junglefowl, Swamp Francolin, Spot-winged Starling, Common Green Magpie, Green-billed and Blue-faced Malkohas, Great Barbet, Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Scarlet-backed and Fire-breasted Flowerpeckers, and Ruby-cheeked Sunbird.  One of our star target birds here is Bengal Florican, which moves around in the grassland and we will search for it from elephant back. Kaziranga also has the largest world population of Greater One-horned Rhinoceros and Barasingha, or Swamp Deer, Asian Elephant, Asiatic Wild Buffalo and Tiger.  Nights in a comfortable wildlife lodge on the edge of the park.

Day 13
After breakfast leave for Guwahati to catch the flight to Delhi. Overnight in a City Hotel

Day 14
Spend the day birdwatching in the Sultanpur National Park. The park is  home to the Indian Courser, Sind Sparrow has now made its way down the canal from Sind and Brooks’s Leaf Warbler is a regular winter visitor, as well as many waterbirds including the impressive Black-necked Stork and Sarus Crane.
After an early dinner transfer to the International Airport for flight back home

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Rufous-throated Wren Babbler Spelaeornis caudatus

Rufous-throated Wren Babbler Spelaeornis caudatus

Beautiful Sibia Malacias pulchellus

Beautiful Sibia Malacias pulchellus

Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa

Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa

Bugun Liocichla Liocichla bugunorum

Bugun Liocichla Liocichla bugunorum

Himalayan Cutia Cutia nipalensis

Himalayan Cutia Cutia nipalensis

Black-faced Laughingthrush Garrulax affinis

Black-faced Laughingthrush Garrulax affinis