This year's first group were incredibly fortunate with sightings especially for mammals, here are the first batch of photographs, with plenty more to come. The group was also very jolly, and we enjoyed the culture, lodges and cuisine.


A migrant Blue-capped Rock-thrush spots a raptor overhead                                                          This Brown Fish Owl was roosting in dense foliage


In misty light at Kabini we saw 58 Indian Elephants; and watched two beautiful Bengal Tigers for a breath-taking 45 mins



The rare endemic Nilgiri Blue Robin was confiding, and temples of various types are everywhere


A World Heritage Site station


 One of the world's rarest primates, the Lion-tailed Macaque



Savana Nightjar and Jungle Nightjar at daytime roost




Thanks go to Peter Webster for sharing the excellent photographs taken on this trip. Here are just some of them:











We are just back from the 2014 tour, which went very well. Highlights included White-bellied Minivet, White-backed Flameback, Indian Blue Robins, Indian Pittas, Savanah Nightjars,               Brown Wood Owl, mammals and butterflies

"Just to say thanks for a really brilliant trip. Good food, good company and lovely places to stay. Oh! and that's nothing to say of the birds!"  Mrs J L Derbyshire

Tour member Ian Brookes has shared some of his great photos from this trip, see more at


a magnificent Great Thick-knee                                                                                                        a calling Crested Serpent Eagle



            Painted Bushquail is usually extremely difficult to see well, but at one village they cross the road every evening

a fabulous White-bellied Woodpecker, the largest Woodpecker in south India


                                        Indian Pitta is quite common on this itinerary                                                 Asian Fairy Bluebird, regular at fruiting trees in the moist woodlands

 Blue-capped Rock Thrushes winter at Vythiri, photographed by Chris Brookes


Birding temporarily interrupted... photographed by tour member Alan Dean


Here are some of Roger's snaps from the tour:

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One of a pair of Red-necked Falcons that put on a great display                                                       Indian Golden Oriole in a Coral Tree


Gaur                                                                                                                         Mysore market


Malabar Giant Squirrel                               Painted Stork and Great Cormorant at Ranganathittu Sanctuary


Birding from the verandah over lunch



Anne Strahan kindly sent us a link to her picasa photopage of this tour in 2013; to view click here


These shots were taken by Roger Gee on our 2013 tour....

Brown Fish Owl, Crested Goshawk, Rufous Babbler and Savannah Nightjar


I am no photographer, but I hope the snaps below, taken with my little pocket camera, give a idea of what can been seen on this new tour.

                                                                                                                                                                    Roger Barnes

Savannah Nightjar

Marsh Crocodile

Indian Little Nightjar

Hanuman Langurs

Great Thick-knee

Kabini scene

Brown Fish Owl

the endangered Black-chinned Laughingthrush

Asian Wild Dog on the hunt







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