Our extension to Western India showcases the much underrated, semi-desert environs of the Great Rann of Kutch, putting us into prime Grey Hypocolius habitat. With a supporting cast that includes Cinereous and Griffon Vultures, Laggar, Red-necked and Saker Falcons as well as the odd looking Crab-plover, this short tour makes for an excellent finale to our Highlights of India tour.
Top Birds : Grey Hypocolius, Dalmatian and Spot-billed Pelican, Sociable Lapwing, Crab-plover, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Indian Courser, Red-headed, Cinereous and White-rumped Vulture, White-eyed Buzzard, Laggar Falcon, Merlin, Grey Francolin, Painted Sandgrouse, Short-eared Owl, Sykes’s and Savanna Nightjar, White-naped Tit, Marshall’s Iora, Brown Rock Chat, Pied and White-browed Bush Chat, Bimaculated, Rufous-tailed and Sykes’s Lark, Indian Bush Lark, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Desert Whitethroat, Bay-backed Shrike, Rose-colored Starling, Large Grey Babbler, Grey-breasted Prinia, Eastern Orphean, Asian Desert and Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Striolated Bunting.
Top Mammals : Asiatic Wild Ass, with chances for Golden Jackal, Indian and the desert subspecies of Red Fox, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat and Desert Cat.
Habitats Covered : Semi-desert scrub, salt-flats, seasonal wetlands, grassland, scrubland, coastline
Expected Climate : Warm to hot, with cooler nights
Max Group Size : 8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking : Undemanding
Accommodation : Comfortable to luxurious hotels & lodges
Ease of Birding : Mostly Unchallenging
Photographic Opportunities : Very good