First stop was in the valley bottom and we heard and then saw Blue Whistling Thrush, my first lifer of the day and I just knew this was going to be a manic day with tons of new birds! Sid then pointed out a bird singing and was able to bring it in with a tape. It was the recently split David's Fulvetta and was another new bird for me.
We then carried on up the mountain stopping at a few places and playing the Collared Owlet song which brought all the birds in the area down for a look. A method I wish I had known about earlier in the trip as it would have made locating birds much easier.
Soon enough I was adding new birds to my list with Mountain Bulbul, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler, Sulphur-breasted Warbler as well as lots of the endemic Yellow-bellied Tits.
The next stop was at a nice area of bamboo plantation with a decent amount of scrub below. From here we played the call again which brought down a huge number of birds. Pick of the bunch was the Speckled Piculet which unfortunately didn't hang around long. There were also good numbers of Black-chinned Yuhina, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher and Green-backed Tit. We also found a single Chestnut-crowned Warbler which showed well constantly calling.
|Little Forktail - BOOM!|
We then carried on having good searches of all likely looking Forktail habitat and then my little brother shouted out that he had found one about 100yds further upstream. He then shouted that he had two! These turned out to be the much bigger and equally amazing Spotted Forktail and once again we watched avidly for over 30mins! What a way to lose an hour!
|Spotted Forktail - BOOM! BOOM!|
|Golden Parrotbill - BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!|