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    Default Birding in Assam

    I visited the town of Sivasagar on 2 Jan 08.This town has several tanks(reservoirs),the largest being Joysagar and sibsagar tanks.These used to attract huge numbers of waterfowl especially bar headed and greylag geese but I was surprised to find not a single goose!The reason being introduction of boating facilities (in joysagar) to attract tourists!In sibsagar tank however there were a few Spotbill ducks,Tufted ducks, Ferrugineous Pochards,Common teals,Common pochards,4 Great crested grebes including 1 in breeding plumage and surprisingly also a few Greater Scaup!

    Also tried to visit the nearby Panidihing bird sanctuary that day but the wooden bridge and the unmetalled road leading to the park were damaged.Still managed to see a flock of more than 50 Purple moorhens, 2 Ruddy Shelducks, Lesser Adjutants, Bronze winged jacanas, 2 White backed vultures and little cormorants.

    On 4 Jan,visited the Bagori (Western) Range at Kaziranga National park. Saw the following-
    more than 300 Bar headed Geese
    Spotted billed Pelicans
    Stork billed Kingfisher
    Pied kingfisher
    Common Kingfisher
    2 Black necked storks
    Greater spotted Eagle
    Pallas's Fish Eagle
    Emerald dove
    Yellow footed Green Pigeon
    Tibetan shrike
    Rufous Woodpecker
    White rumped Shama
    2 Swamp Francolins
    Red Junglefowls
    Indian rollers
    Grey herons

    Also saw more than 15 Rhinos including a few calves, many Hog deers,Swamp deers, 3 Sambars and Wild buffaloes.

    Also saw a Grey headed fish eagle at Burapahar (Kaziranga) on 2 Jan and another one at Samaguri beel (Nagaon dist.) on 5 Jan and 2 Crested Serpent Eagles near the highway viewing point at Kaziranga on 4 Jan.[/SIZE][/COLOR]

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    Senior Member AndyB's Avatar
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    Hi Chandan, nice bird list there. Would love to see Stork-billed Kingfisher!

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    Gujarat, India


    Yes Stork-billd Kingfisher must be an interesting bird.
    Chandan, ever been to Gujarat?

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