Birding in Andaman Islands

07 Nights/08 Days
Destinations : New Delhi – Port Blair – New Delhi – Onwards

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Tour Overview - Birding in Andaman Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a cluster of 300 or so islands located in the Bay of Bengal. It lies in the South-East direction relative to India, to the West of Myanmar.

Though the archipelago has numerous islands, around 90% is uninhabited, and tropical rainforests and evergreen forests cover the majority of these areas in addition to the long coastlines – a paradise for wildlife.

It is definitely one the most interesting places for birders around the world as it is home to 27 endemic bird species and subspecies along with 250 or so of the resident and migratory species here, providing ample opportunities for excellent birding.

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Detailed Itinerary - Birding in Andaman Islands

Day 1 : Arrive New Delhi (by flight)

Meet and greet on arrival at New Delhi airport by our representative. He will transfer you to the hotel, assist you in check-in at the hotel, handover and explain all travel-related documents. Overnight stay at the Hotel in New Delhi.

Day 2 : New Delhi – Port Blair – Andaman Islands ( 5 hrs flight + 20 km / 45 min drive )

Very early morning departure to New Delhi Airport for your flight to Port Blair which arrives close to Noon. Our local representative will receive you from the airport and drop you at the lodge near Port Blair. After check-in at the lodge, and some refreshments, head out to Sippighat Wetlands & Wandoor.

Sippighat is on the outskirts of Port Blair town which used to be paddy fields but got inundated after the 2004 Tsunami and thus attract a good number of waders and water birds.

Birds to expect include Andaman Teal, Chinese Pond Heron, Chinese Egret, Baillon’s Crake; Slaty-breasted Rail, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Pin-tailed Snipe, Eastern Jungle Crow, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pacific Swallow, Watercock, Black-naped Tern, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Red-throated Pipit, Yellow Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern, Oriental Reed Warbler, Red-necked Stint, Long-toed Stint, Grey-headed Lapwing, Philippine Shrike amongst others.

At Dusk, drive towards Wandoor (30mins drive) to cover the Nocturnal endemics like Hume’s Hawk Owl, Andaman Hawk Owl, Andaman Scops Owl along with Walden’s Scops Owl.

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3 : Full day birding at Chidiyatapu Reserve Forest

Early morning start at 0530hrs, transfer to Chidiyatapu Reserve Forest which is 45min drive from Port Blair stopping along the way at a couple of places.

We will be walking on the road inside the reserve forest in the morning and spotting the birds.

After Breakfast, we will visit the Biological Park situated at there and do trail birding inside the park from 0900hrs-1100hrs.

Come back for lunch and return in the evening to Chidiyatapu but trek towards Badabalu Beach and cover the Nocturnal endemic Andaman Hawk Owl; Andaman Scops Owl as well as any other nocturnal bird we missed in the previous day.

Birds to expect include Andaman Serpent Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Andaman Treepie, Andaman Drongo, Andaman Shama, Andaman Bulbul, Andaman Green-pigeon, Andaman Wood-pigeon, Andaman Flowerpecker, Andaman Coucal, Olive-backed Sunbird, Freckle-breasted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Parakeet, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Collared Kingfisher, White-headed Starling, Andaman Woodpecker, Andaman Cuckoo-dove, Common Hill Myna; Pacific Reef Egret, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, White-breasted Wood-Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Blue-eared Kingfisher.

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 4 & 5 : Morning session at Shoal Bay; Evening session at Garacharma Wetlands

Early start at 0445hrs, we will head towards Shoal Bay by taking a 0500hrs ferry to Bamboo flat and will reach our birding spot before 0600hrs. We will walk along the forest trail spotting the birds and return back to lodge at 1130hrs. After lunch and a quick rest period, we will head out to Teylrabad Wetlands at 1445hrs.

Birds anticipated include Andaman Green-Pigeon, Andaman Cuckooshrike, Andaman Wood-Pigeon; Andaman Crake, Andaman Treepie, White-headed Starling, Andaman Bulbul, Andaman Shama; Ruddy Kingfisher; Blue-eared Kingfisher; Mangrove Whistler; Andaman Drongo; Black Baza; Andaman Woodpecker; Andaman Cuckoo-dove; Violet Cuckoo; Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher; Forest Wagtail. Long-toed Stint; Red-necked Stint; Broad-billed Sandpiper; Curlew Sandpiper; Daurian Starling; Chinese Pond Heron; Stork-billed Kingfisher; Red-throated Pipit; Eastern Jungle Crow. After Sunset, we will search for the Andaman Barn Owl (not so common).

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 6 : Birding at Chidiyatapu or Mt. Harriet National Park or Sippighat

On the last day, we target the birds we missed in the previous days. Visiting the areas where sighting is likely or try to get better photographs of some of the endemics. – location is determined by the birds missed out. Full-Day Birding.

There is lots of Fauna to be seen on the islands, with several endemics. Reptiles include Short-crested Bay Island Lizard, Short-tailed Bay Island Lizard, Andaman and Nicobar Forest Lizard, Andaman Keelback, Andaman Worm Snake, Andaman Green Bronzebacked Tree Snake, Andaman Wolf Snake, Leatherback Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Salt Water Crocodile, Reticulated Python, Water Monitor Lizard amongst others.

Mammal species include Crab-eating Macaque, Andaman Wild Pig, Andaman Masked Palm Civet, Nicobar Tree Shrew, Andaman Spiny Shrew, Dugong.

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 7 : Andamans – Port Blair airport – New Delhi

We will help you check out from the lodge and transfer to Port Blair Airport for your return flight back to New Delhi. An exhaustive but wonderful birding experience in the peaceful and lesser-visited part of India, the Andaman Islands – a haven for birdlife, fauna, and flora.

Overnight stay at New Delhi.

Day 8 : New Delhi – onwards

After breakfast transfer to International airport New Delhi, to board flight back home at 1000hrs.

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