Tour Leader – Peter Jones
Tour Guide – Gajendra Singh
Author – Peter Jones
Day Two. It was a bright and early start from our hotel, just outside the national park boundary, to enter Corbett via Dhangari Gate. Our journey through the park was in open jeeps and our first stop was in the woodland clearing of Sultan FRH, where mixed flocks of feeding birds held our attention for over an hour! Vari
ous warblers, woodpeckers, oriole and flycatchers kept the group busy and our bird list grew with each passing moment. Not far from the Champion Road junction we stopped at a view point to overlook the river and had great views of Pallas’s, and Grey-headed Fish Eagle as well as Black-necked Stork and Crested Serpent Eagle, but too our great surprise and delight we saw a pair of Indian Otter, a first for 3 local guides who previously had only seen their track and spraints. We arrived at our camp at Dhikala in good time for lunch and spent the afternoon birding, seeing a few sought after species such as Collared Falconet, Black Francolin, several pipit species and Crested Bunting. Of course the scenery of this area and mammals make it a must visit location despite extremely basic accommodation!
Day Three. Not to miss a trick, we were up and about early and headed out into the wonderfully scenic parkland surrounding Dhikala Lodge. It was a great day throughout for birding with both Dusky Eagle Owl and Brown Fish Owl being a personal highlight, but I guess the real Red Letter bird was a 1st for Corbett, the small and beautiful Asian Desert Warbler (photo to the left). The bird was spotted and identified by myself and Gajendra (our tour guide) providing a great deal of excitement for the locals. Another good stop for us on the day was in the open grounds of Khinnanavli Lodge, the presidential camp for visiting dignitaries. Here we had really good views of several woodland birds and I especially appreciated seeing close showings of the beautiful Blue-throated Barbet, relatively common, but not always seen so clearly. Later in the afternoon we headed out near to a site close to the Ram Singh Road junction and were extremely fortunate to have a great sighting of a male Tiger crossing a dried riverbed.
Day Eight. A travel day as we left the
Corbett Park to head back to . Given the time the journey had taken on our first day, we decided to leave early and get back to our city hotel in daylight. Our return journey proved to be much better and the volume of traffic much less than it has been on our outward journey. These travel days had an advantage in that they allowed us to sit back and enjoy the countryside as well as the hussle and bussle of Delhi , quite apart from offering opportunities to see birds! Our journey was marked by the odd sighting of Sarus Crane, plus Egyptian Vulture and many heron species that occupied the old and newly planted rice paddies. Red-wattled Lapwing and Indian Pond Heron were the most common species, with of course Mynia species namely common, pied and bank mynias being seen throughout the journey. A bird to be seen on almost each day of the tour, White-throated Kingfisher, seemed to appear every few kilometres and Green Bee-eater (photo above) always caused us a point and admire their presence. India
Free Day (day 10). Our tenth day, that is including the first day in
, was designed to be a transit day. Our consecutive tours designed to give a day in between for those departing the 1st leg and those joining the 2nd. On this occasion all the group had booked to attend both tours. Because I had a free day, expecting to say a few goodbyes and hellos, I made previous arrangements to go birding with Gajendra, my friend and guide for the 2 tours, it transpired though that those on tour wanted to join us, so it was back into birding mode! See Part Two (coming soon) of this report for details. Delhi
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India Wildlife Adventure Tour 1: 14th November to 23rd November 2011
India Wildlife Adventure Tour 2: 24th November to 6th December 2011
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