Friday, January 06, 2012

Pangot to Delhi (North India - Day 15)

Our penultimate day in India and our last birding opportunity was after breakfast at the Birding Lodge in Pangot.

Streaked Laughinghtrush put in an appearance:

As did the Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler:

Harry had found out the previous day, that he would have just one night with his family before heading off on a 28 night trip with some more Brits, so rather than hang around on the off chance of more species or better views we asked to head off promptly, back to Delhi. The trip in the end was mostly uneventful, other than spotting numbers of Sarus Cranes as we drove back to Delhi and a huge traffic jam outside of Delhi. Once you enter the city the roads are wide and traffic moves. We were soon ensconced in our room, with heating, air con, a comfortable king bed, tea and coffee, hot running water, etc. It was a good way to relax on our last night and we celebrated with some wine.

We were collected the following morning and dropped-off at the airport, gave both Harry and our guide their trip tips and then settled down for the flight home.

We saw 321 species of bird on the holiday, including 165 new life species, and now have an India list of some 412 species. As we were leaving we were also making plans for our next trip, possibly as soon two years hence, and are working back from a list including Assam, Sri Lanka (OK, not India, but close), Nepal (ditto), Central India or the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Kalypso have provided us with a 17 day itinerary that takes in both Assam and the Islands.... hmmmmm.... food for thought :)

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