December 5th, 2013

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Email to bngbirds egroup, about the Eaglenest WLS trip

On a tour organized by Geetanjali Dhar's IT Nature Club, ten of us visited Nameri (a morning's birding) and Eaglenest Wild Life Sanctuary (WLS) at Lama and Bompu Camps.

Though several experienced birders asked us why we were going at the end of November, the birding exceeded all our expectations. On the very first day, I saw two Buguns, and a couple of days later, we got to see seven of the birds, so I cannot but feel that these birds are thriving in the areas around Eaglenest, if a bunch of amateurs like us could see so many!

Other highlights were the Fire-tailed Myzornis, the Chestnut-headed Tesia, the Red-headed Trogon and a female Ward's Trogon...I think it was only the Tragopan (on the list of some of the "focus" birders) that eluded us. I don't think any of us have ever had such a list of lifers before this!

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Thanks to Amith Kumar for adding some of tbe birds missing in the original list. That, too, as he, Gowri, Kannan and PK prepare to leave for Thattekkad tomorrow!