|Indian Scops Owl|
Painted Scrubfowl was an impressive bird and the number of Rufous Treepies was staggering. The bird were really coming thick and fast. There are several trails through the Reserve and each truck is allocated a route at random. Our route had some stunning scenery and we heard the alarm calls of Spotted Deer a sure sign that there was probably a tiger around, but we didn’t see one. We stopped at a rest area where Rufous Treepies and Jungle Babblers awaited our arrival, it was ridiculous there were birds all over us, eating out of our hands and off our heads!
|Lokesh, complete with Rufous Treepie|
Before long the Safari was over but we were due another trip in the afternoon, plus early the next day. The area outside the hotel was semi-desert with scattered bushes so we spent the pre-lunch hours exploring this area between the hotel and the road. It looked great for Larks and Pipits and so it proved with Indian Bushlark, Greater Short-toed and Ashy-headed Sparrow-lark. We also had Isabelle Wheatear, Long-billed Pipit and Painted Sandgrouse plus a rather showy Bay-backed Shrike.
|The male Tiger D72.|
After lunch we packed, boarded the minibus and headed north towards Baratphur arriving in the early evening. We birded on the way and we were lucky enough to catch up with one of the trips target species Indian Courser, there saw two, although they were a little distant we got reasonable views.