Our Andaman Islands Endemics extension will see us flying across the Bay of Bengal to Port Blair, Andaman Islands. Located some 1,100 kilometres to the east of peninsula India, this archipelago is far closer to southern Myanmar and Sumatra. Consequently, the many endemic species present have more in common with the Malaysian sub-region than with the Indian sub-continent. The archipelago is made up of 200 or so small islands with patches of pristine tropical rainforest and palm-fringed sandy beaches! Based in a single location for the duration of our time on the islands, this is a relaxed and relatively easy birding destination. Join us for an unbeatable birding exploration to this rarely visited island archipelago!
Andaman Teal; Andaman Serpent Eagle; Andaman Wood Pigeon; Andaman Cuckoo-Dove; Andaman Green Pigeon; Andaman Coucal; Violet Cuckoo; Andaman Scops Owl; Hume's Hawk-Owl; Andaman Hawk-Owl; Andaman Nightjar; Andaman Woodpecker; Long-tailed Parakeet; Andaman Cuckooshrike; Andaman Drongo; Andaman Treepie; Andaman Bulbul; White-headed Starling; Andaman Shama; Andaman Flowerpecker.
tropical rainforest, marshes, coastline.
hot and humid.
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
easy, some early starts and the odd late evening for owling.
very comfortable hotel
110 - 120
This trip was great! We were told the trip should generate about 250 bird species and our total was very close. Peter was excellent at finding birds, leading us and keeping a positive group atmosphere. The local guides also were competent and helpful. Accommodations are not an important aspect of a trip to me but the ones we stayed at were excellent, as were the meals. The trip was an excellent introduction to India for me tho I was happy to have it very much concentrate on birding.
David was an excellent leader with exceptional birding skills. He was very attentive and helpful in handling both the birding and the logistics. In addition to his birding and guiding skills, David is also very personable and easy to talk to. I would definitely go on another trip with him as a guide.
David Hoddinott is wonderful and a great leader.
We loved Glen Valentine! Very skilled, and not defensive if we questioned an ID. Liked that he continued to call out even the common birds throughout the tour, which meant we got a chance to really study each species. Good sense of humor, and fun to bird with!
The Andaman Islands were a first for RockJumper and a first for David Hoddinott. It was an incredible experience and also exciting to share the first of all new endemics with David .
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