SOUTH INDIA SAFARI ALBUM

2017

 

Here are a few more excellent South India photos from Andrew Aldridge who was with our second group that went out in January.

 

True wild Indian Elephants are not so easy to see but we had great views of these two.

We had some close encounters with Mugger Crocodiles from the safety of a small boat.

Painted Storks in full breeding plumage were a spectacular sight and we got very close to these two.

Great Thick-knee was the cover bird on our log and the brochure illustration, so it was great to get good views of several.

Asian Openbill showing their nutcracker shaped beak for holding on to snails, etc.

This Common Kingfisher posed beautifully on a lotus stem.

Indian Spot-billed Ducks are very attractive at close range.

 

It is not easy to get a picture of the elusive Common Hawk-cuckoo.

 

The Indian Roller is always popular. We got some fantastic views!

 

Indian Spotted Deer. This was a magnificent specimen.

 

Crested Serpent-Eagle showing the spots on the plumage beautifully.

 

Indian Pittas are supposed to be difficult and skulking. We saw several and this one perched directly above us.

 

Red Spurfowl in the grounds of Serai Lodge.

This Coppersmith Barbet posed beautifully They were seen most days.

 

Jerdon's Nightjar by day was a great find.

This Jungle Bush-quail was seen very well by the roadside.

 

Malabar Giant Squirrel was common in the grounds of the Jungle Hut.

Nilgiri Laughingthrush was seen well near Ooty.

Black and Orange Flycatcher is a special bird in the highlands.

 

Lion-tailed Macaques are extremely rare but we are almost guaranteed to see them at Valpurai.

 

 

 

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

THE GROUP SAYS HALLO - AND FOUR SPECIES OF NIGHTJAR!

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2015

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

           

 

      

   

   

   

 

 

 

2014

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   http://www.flickr.com/photos/78241423@N07/

  

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

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

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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

 

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

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

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

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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

 

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

 

 

 

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