Report: Birds and wildlife of Maguri Beel, Dihing Patkai and Namdapha, March 2019

Author: Ravi Kailas (ficustours@gmail.com) A birding tour to the famed wetland/Terai grassland of Maguri Beel (Dibru-Saikhowa NP), Dihing Patkai WS (among the last remaining lowland evergreen forest in NE India) and the biodiverse, but troubled Namdapha NP in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas revealed some fantastic species including, Red-headed Trogon, White-crowned Forktail, Sapphire Flycatcher, PaleContinue reading “Report: Birds and wildlife of Maguri Beel, Dihing Patkai and Namdapha, March 2019”

Report: Caracal! and other wildlife from Kutch, April 2019

Author: Ravi Kailas (ficustours@gmail.com) A report from a mammal watching oriented tour, with a specific goal to see/identify potential sites for the rarely seen, locally endangered (within India) Caracal, to Kutch (Western India) in April 2019.  Highlights included a sighting of Caracal (!), Leopard (a rarity in these parts), Jungle Cat, Indian Long-eared and Indian Hedgehogs and Indian Porcupine, among 17 species of mammals in 5Continue reading “Report: Caracal! and other wildlife from Kutch, April 2019”

Nilgiri Marten – two personal sighting records of the elusive mammal

Author: Ravi Kailas (ficustours@gmail.com) Why are there Martens in south India Six of the world’s seven species of Martens – reputedly pugnacious mammals, in the same family as weasels and otters (among other mid-sized carnivores) – have a largely Eurasian distribution, with one of their kind in the Americas. All species either occur in temperateContinue reading “Nilgiri Marten – two personal sighting records of the elusive mammal”

Report: Birding in Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh, March 2018

Author: Ravi Kailas This is brief note from a bird-watching oriented trip to Roing Grasslands and Mishmi Hills (Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary), in the Eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh  Please follow link for a complete picture gallery from this trip Dates: 17th to 23rd March 2018 Locations: Roing Grasslands – Sally Lake – Mishmi Foothills – Tiwari Gaon – CoffeeContinue reading “Report: Birding in Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh, March 2018”

Report: Wildlife of Lonar and Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve, November 2018

Author: Ravi Kailas (ficustours@gmail.com) This report is based on a natural history oriented tour to the meteor-impact formed Lonar Lake and the Nagzira/Navegaon/Koka wildlife landscape – both lesser visited locations in the vast, central Indian state of Maharashtra. Follow links for map of tour locations and complete picture gallery Dates: 11th to 17th November 2018 Highlights at Nagzira-Navegaon-KokaContinue reading “Report: Wildlife of Lonar and Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve, November 2018”

Report: Mammals of the Anamalais (South India), Jan-Feb 2019

Author: Ravi Kailas (ficustours@gmail.com) This report is based on a guided mammal watching oriented trip to the Anamalai mountains in the Western Ghats of south India Dates: 31st Jan to 3rd Feb 2019 Tour Locations: In and around the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, including Sethumadai, Top Slip and Valparai. Map of tour locations  Tour Participants: Stuart Chapman andContinue reading “Report: Mammals of the Anamalais (South India), Jan-Feb 2019”

Report: Western Ghats endemic mammals, birds (and more), Spring 2018

Author: Ravi Kailas (ficustours@gmail.com) This is a report based on a guided mammal/birdwatching oriented trip to various locations in the Western Ghats of south India this spring Dates: 25th March to 7th April 2018 (guided portion from 29th March onwards) Tour Locations: Kabini, Bandipur, Sethumadai/Top Slip, Parambikulam, Valparai, Chinnar, Munnar, Thattekad. Map of tour locations The trip wasContinue reading “Report: Western Ghats endemic mammals, birds (and more), Spring 2018”

Report: Mammals and Birds of Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, November 2017

Pictures from a natural history oriented trip to the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and surroundings in the Garwhal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. An useful attribute of this location is relatively easy access to a broad elevational range and associated habitats (and its denizens) – cultivated valleys, montane forest and alpine meadows in this case – within short distances.Continue reading “Report: Mammals and Birds of Chopta, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, November 2017”

Report: Birds and Mammals of Ladakh July 2017

Dear All, Do apologise for the long gap from our last post – sharing with you a pictorial report, from a 10 day birdwatching trip organised by Nature India to the Cold Desert of Ladakh. We birded in marshes around Leh, high altitude (4500m or so) lakes/plains of Pangong Tso, Tso Kar and Hanle and theContinue reading “Report: Birds and Mammals of Ladakh July 2017”

Report: Wildlife of Central India Feb 2017

The rarely seen Four-horned Antelope, were relatively common in parts of the Pench Tiger Reserve We invite you view a picture album from a visit to two prominent tiger forests of central India in Feb 2017 – Tadoba in Maharashtra and Pench in Madhya Pradesh/Maharashtra. Highlights included sightings of Tiger, Four-horned Antelope, Leopard, Dhole, Jungle CatContinue reading “Report: Wildlife of Central India Feb 2017”