We’ll stop in Chandelao, where one of the largest wintering flocks of graceful Demoiselle Cranes can be found. In Bera, we will take an evening safari to look for Indian Leopard and learn about the peaceful coexistence of people and leopard in this area. We continue on to the Little Rann of Kutch, an area of salt pans and rich tidal flats. This hotspot is full of winter migrant birds and we should see a fine sample of flamingos, pelicans, plovers, and larks. We’ll view one of the greatest spectacles of roosting harriers in the world, where mostly Montagu’s, and a few Pallid come to roost in the grasslands.
A definite highlight of this trip is a visit to the Gir National Park, which has the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions. We’ll take both morning and evening safaris to view these majestic beasts as well as look for birds such as Yellow-footed Green Pigeon and Crested Serpent Eagle in this dry deciduous forest. Finally, we will visit the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, where we’ll enjoy watching Indian Gray Hornbills and Brown-headed Barbets.
- Trip Leader: Dan van den Broek and local guides
- Fee: $5,795 members / $6,095 non-members
- Deposit: $2,900 required to secure your place
- Single supplement: TBD
- Group size: Limited to 14 participants
Fee Includes: Trip fees cover all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guides, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. Fees do not include dinners and airfare to and from your destination.
Dan van den Broek
Dan has over 15 years of experience leading international birding trips for Portland Audubon. With prior experiences at Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Redwood Sciences Lab, Klamath Bird Observatory, Costa Rica Bird Observatory, and Avifauna Northwest, Dan brings immense enthusiasm and passion for birds and natural history to all of his trips.