Kaziranga National Park: Feb 13—19, 2015

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Departs: Delhi
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Greater Adjutant— Photo: K. David Bishop

Located on the south bank of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga National Park’s mosaic of marshes, vast reed-beds, riverine woodlands, and lowland subtropical forests literally teem with birds and big mammals. A remnant of the past glories of the grand expansive northeastern wilderness of India, Kaziranga is a place one yearns to return to, time after time.

On previous tours to this reserve we have recorded, in just a few days, more than 230 species of birds and a large number of spectacular mammals, including many close studies of great one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephant, and the evocative-sounding Hoolock gibbon. The photographic opportunities on this tour are outstanding. We will also stay at the delightful Wild Grass Lodge where the comfort and service of the accommodations adds immeasurably to the overall enjoyment and success of our time in this reserve.

Just to whet your appetite, the following are some of the many bird and mammal highlights we have encountered on previous tours to Kaziranga National Park: hundreds of the globally threatened Spot-billed Pelican flying in to roost; a lingering, close study of the richly colored Cinnamon Bittern; six species of stork including the critically endangered Greater Adjutant and the impressive Black-necked Stork; Pallas’s Fish-Eagle bugling from its nest; four species of vultures at a kill, including Eurasian Griffons (an extreme rarity this far east); point-blank looks at the globally threatened Swamp Francolin; incredible views of two male Bengal Floricans, yet another globally endangered species; mouthwatering views of a male Red-headed Trogon; a gigantic Great Hornbill perched obligingly as we reluctantly took our leave of this fabulous park; a simply exquisite male Little Niltava that stopped us all in our tracks; a surprise pair of totally stunning, migrant Siberian Rubythroats singing in full view; and, perhaps most astonishing of all, a male Grey Peacock-Pheasant working right in front of the entire group in response to our tape.

On previous tours our groups were the first birders to ever see the rare, virtually unknown, and spectacular Black-breasted Parrotbill—a real treat for babbler fans! We also enjoyed sensational views of the similarly little-known Jerdon’s Babbler. All this was to the accompaniment of trumpeting herds of Asian elephants, and Hoolock gibbons’ calls resounding through Panbari forest, raising the hairs on everyone’s necks. Common and nonchalant great one-horned rhinos, capped langurs, and giant squirrels beguiled even the most focused birder. And there is so much more! Tiger, fishing-cat, Wreathed Hornbill—the list is seemingly endless.