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Eagle Nest Nameri Tour

 

Avifauna of North East India

Eagle Nest &Nameri

 

Duration

10 nights & 11 days

Best time: October-March

Tour Code: BFEAGLE

 

 

ITINERARY

Thursday Day 01: Guwahati to Nameri

Friday Day 02: Nameri to Dirang

Saturday Day 03: Dirang to Mandala Camp

Sunday Day 04: Mandala Camp

Monday Day 05: Mandala Camp to Lama Camp

Tuesday Day 06: Lama Camp to Bompu

Wednesday Day 07: Bompu

Thursday Day 08: Bompu

Friday Day 09: Bompu to Lama Camp

Saturday Day 10: Lama Camp to Nameri

Sunday Day 11: Nameri to Guwahati

 

Note: Please note Kaziranga National Park can be added to the itinerary as an extension

 

Highlights

  • A large variety of endangered species
  • Photo opportunities
  • Guided Birding
  • Unique landscape

 

Eagle’s nest wildlife sanctuary, West Kameng, is located in Western Arunachal Pradesh and are the highest in elevation. Named after the Kameng river which drains the basin of Gori Chen and Kangto peaks, this region is spread below the Himalayan watershed on the borders with Tibet in the North and Bhutan in the West. The topography is truly amazing rising from the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam through tangled ridges at elevations of around 1500 meters to 7080 meters on the watershed of the Himalayas.

 

The biggest advantage of Eaglenest (expected to provide the bulk of the star species) over other montane forests of Arunachal is a jeep track which cuts right through its heart from the pass at 2800m down to the flood plains of Assam at 100m – its easy access, excellentforest and wide altitudinal range is a unique combination for Arunachal.

 

The contiguous forests, Eagle’s nest wildlife sanctuary, Nameri National Park (in Assam) and the surrounding blocks of reserve forests, encompassing over 2500 sq.km and 3400m in altitude, form one of the largest protected regions of Arunachal. This east Himalayan area is located close to the Bhutan border in western Arunachal. We will be visiting the d Eagle’s nest wildlife sanctuary (mid altitude : 800- 2800m) and some higher altitude (3000-4000m) localities further north below the Tsela pass. This visit to a really high altitude area and we look forward to augmenting the species list with birds of fir, rhododendron scrub and alpine meadows.

 

Some of the specialty birds which can be seen are: rufous-bellied hawk-eagle, northern goshawk, pied falconet, common hill-partridge, temminck’stragopan, ashy wood-pigeon, tawny wood-owl, rufous-necked hornbill, ward’s trogon, golden-throated barbet, crimsonbreasted pied-woodpecker, bay woodpecker, pale-headed woodpecker, grey-chinned minivet, rufous-bellied bulbul, maroon-backed accentor, eye-browed thrush, fea’s thrush, gould’sshortwing, white-browed shortwing, blue-fronted robin, little forkail, golden bushrobin, rufous-breasted bush-robin, puplecochoa, grey-sided laughing-thrush, scaly laughing-thrush, black-faced laughing-thrush,redfacedliocichla, coral-billed scimitar-babbler, slender-billed scimitar-babbler, Various wren-babblers (wedge-billed, bar-winged, pygmy, spotted, rufous-throated and scaly-breasted), gold-headed babbler, cutia, rufous-bellied shrike-babbler, green shrike-babbler, whitehooded babbler, red-tailed minla, Various tit-babblers/fulvettas (golden-breasted, brown-throated, and yellow-throated), Three sibias ( beautiful, and rufous-backed), Various yuhinas (black-chinned, rufous-vented and white-naped), fire-tailed myzornis, Six parrotbills (greater and lesser rufous-headed, brown, grey-headed and fulvous-fronted), mountain tailorbird, three tesias (chestnut-headed, greybellied and slaty-bellied), Various flycatcher-warblers (broad-billed, white-spectacled, chestnut-crowned and black-faced), four niltavas (including vivid and large), Thirteen flycatchers (including. white-gorgeted), rufous-bellied and grey-crested tits, sultan tit, beautiful nuthatch, wallcreeper, brown-throated treecreeper, yellow-bellied flowerpecker, mrsgould’s and fire-tailed sunbird, gold-napedblackfinch, beavan’s bullfinch, brown bullfinch.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 01: Guwahati-Nameri Tiger Reserve

Meals: Dinner

You will be met at Guwahati airport. Thereafter we will drive to Nameri Tiger Reserve to get a glimpse of the rare white-winged duck and wreathed hornbill. Overnight in Eco-Camp or similar.

 

DAY 02: Nameri Tiger Reserve – Dirangzong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nameri is a scenic sanctuary on the border of the Assam Valley and mountainous Arunachal Pradesh. Here you can see the endangered White-winged Duck, Wreathed Hornbill, Ibisbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Long-tailed Broadbill and Green Cochoa to name a few species. Birding drive to Dirangzong, 1500 meters (164 km) in 05 hrsEn -route birding at Sessa orchid. Overnight at Hotel SamdrupKhang.

 

Birds: Rufous-Bellied Hawk-Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Pied Falconet, Common Hill-Partridge, Golden-Throated Barbet, Grey-Chinned Minivet, Blue-Fronted Robin, Little Forkail, Golden Bush-Robin, Rufous-Breasted Bush-Robin, PupleCochoa, , Scaly Laughing-Thrush, Coral-Billed Scimitar-Babbler, Slender-Billed Scimitar-Babbler, Cutia, Rufous-Bellied Shrike-Babbler, Green Shrike-Babbler, White- Hooded Babbler, Red-Tailed Minla, Various Tit-Babblers, Fulvettas, Various Yuhinas (Black-Chinned, Rufous-Vented And White- Naped), Parrotbills (Greater And Lesser Rufous-Headed), Mountain Tailorbird, Sultan Tit etc.

 

DAY 03: Dirangzong to Sela Pass and then to Mandala

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning birding in Sela Pass and later in evening birding at Shangti Valley return to Mandala. Overnight in Mandala Lodge. Sela Pass species: Blood Pheasant, Snow partridge, Red throated thrush, Various species of Finches, Himalayan monal, Various species of Grosbeaks, Various species of Thrush, Snow Pigeon, Grandala, Hodgson’s Redstart, White-browed Tit-warbler

Shangtivalley :Ibisbill, Black tailed crake, Long billed Plover

 

DAY 04: Mandala

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mandala Species: Red crossbill, Blanford’srosefinch, Black-faced & spotted laughing thrush, various species of Rosefinch, various species of Parrotbills, Various species of tit, Goldcrest , Gould’s Shortwing, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Brown-throated Treecreeper , Ludlow’s Fulvetta and Bhutan Laughingthrush, White-collared Blackbird, Temminck’sTragopan, Hodgson’s treecreeper, Grey-headed Bullfinch, crimson -breasted woodpecker, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Maroon-backed Accentor, Hodgson’s Redstart, Little Bunting, Ashy-throated Warbler, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Gold-naped Finch, White-throated Redstart, Rufous-fronted Tit, Brown-throated Fulvetta, Bay Woodpecker, Spotted Nutcracker, Grey Crested Tit

 

DAY 05: Mandala to Lama Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Birding drive to Lama Camp for overnight at fully serviced camps.Species at Lama Camp: BugunLiocichla, Black faced shrike babbler, Various species of laughingthrush, Black eagle, Cutia, Rustyfronted, and Streak-throated Barwings, and Striated and Black-chinned Yuhinas , Rufous-backed Sibia, Yellow-throated Fulvetta , Temminck’s and Blyth’s Tragopans, Barwinged Wren Babbler, Plain-backed Thrush, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Black throated Prinia, Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Buff-barred Warbler, Maroon-backed Accentor, Rufous-capped Babbler, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Besra , Grey-cheeked Warbler, Green-tailed Sunbird, Olive-backed Pipit, Hill Partridge, Northern Goshawk

 

DAY 06, 07 & 08: Lama Camp to Bompu 1940m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day birding drive to Bompu, overnight at fully serviced camps.

Another two full days of birding with a visit to Sessni.

Sunderview, Bompu&Sessni species: Ward’s Trogon, Various species of laughingthrush, Temminck’s and Blyth’s Tragopans, Hodgson’s frogmouth, Long-billed, Rufous-throated, Spotted, Bar-winged, Eye browed wren babbler, Wedge billed Wren Babbler, Yellow bellied flowerpecker, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Lesser shortwing, Scarlet and Golden-naped Finches, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Greater & Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill , Striated Bulbul, Eurasian Woodcock, White browed Shrike babbler, White-throated Bulbul, Longtailed thrush, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Yellow cheeked tit, Black throated Prinia, Rufous-capped Babbler, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-browed Bush-robin, Golden Bush Robin, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Black-faced Warbler, Streaked Spiderhunter, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Grey-chinned Minivet, Golden Babbler, Darjeeling Woodpecker, GoldenbreastedFulvetta, Slaty-bellied and Gray-bellied Tesias, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Gray Peacock-Pheasant, Rufous-throated Partridge,

Chestnut-breasted Partridge/ Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Brown Wood Owl, Red-headed Trogon, Bay Woodpecker, White-bellied Erpornis, Himalayan Shrike-babbler, Grey Treepie, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Rufous-backed Sibia, beautiful nuthatch.

 

DAY 09: Bompu to Lama Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Birding drive to Lama Camp for overnight at fully serviced camps.

 

 

DAY 10: Lama Camp to Nameri

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Nameri National Park. There will be chances for White winged wood duck, Ibisbill, Broadbills, Collared Falconet, Pin-tailed Green and Pompadour Pigeon, Wreathed and Great Hornbill, Dollarbird, Chestnut-headed and Blue-bearded Bee-eater and DaurianRedstart,Prantincoles, and various barbets. Overnight stay.

 

DAY 11: Drive back to Guwahati airport to fly to Delhi or Calcutta. Tour Ends

Meals: Breakfast