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Bird Watching Tour

 

We arrange the Bird watching tour to Sundarban for  1 night / 2 days ,  2 nights / 3 days  and 3 nights / 4 days  to cover most of the popular sighting places of birds available in Sundarban including the migrated birds during the winter season. Please note that for Bird watching we suggest a group of 4 to 6 heads are ideal , if you plan to visit specially for Bird watching tour with a group of 10 heads or more , you may miss the opportunity not only watching Bird ,other animals too.

1 night & 2 days Bird watching tour

Day 01:- Kolkata to Gadhkhali

0800 hrs:- departure from science city opposite ITC sonar Bangla Kolkata to Gadhkhali 90 kms. / 3 hrs. Journey by road (depends on traffic condition).

1100 hrs;- Arrived at Gadhkhali, where the memorable road ends and Cruises starts to visit Mangrove forest.

1130 hrs:- Once we reach there our local representative meet & greet you with welcome drinks on  board. Our non ac tourist boat is  furnished with bunk bed in lower deck  with attached  toilet & kitchen to prepare fresh & hygienic food for our guests. Upper deck is for observing wild life with seating & dining arrangement.  Once we cross the Bidya River we will reach Gosaba  Bazar to the opposite side of  Gadhkhali jetty. on the way we usually pay a  visit to the Gosba Island,Heritage Bunglow of Sir Daniel Mackinnon Hamilton’s who also known as FATHER OF SUNDARBAN FOUNDER OF ASIA’S 1ST CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY. (If time permits) Then we will start cruising through the rivers Gomor, Durga- duwani & enjoy the village life of the  Sundarban forest.

1330 hrs.:- Arrived at Sajnekhali Watch Tower, the controlling office of Forest Department, obtain necessary permission to visit the Mangrove Interpretation Centre, a Bono Bibi Temple as well as a Crocodile Park in the Sajnekhali watchtower complex. Have lunch while cruising on boat.

1400 hrs:-  Leave for Island tour covering Sharakhali 1 , enjoy the sundown cruise
The main species of birds in Sunderban national park are:

Bird watching tour - The land of Kingfisher :-
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Approximately 220 species of birds in the sunderbans .A list of birds l have seen in the sunderban for 22 years(1997-2019).
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GOOSE AND DUCKS
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1.Bar-headed goose.(25/11/17)
2.lesser whistling duck.
3.common shelduck .
4.Ruddy shelduck.
5.cotton pygmy goose.
6.Gadwall.
7.Falcated duck .(15/01/15).
8.Eurasian wigeon.
9.Northern pintail.
10.Northern shoveler .
11.Red-crested pochard.
12.Common pochard.

WOODPECKERS
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13.Rufous woodpecker.
14.Grey capped pygmy woodpecker.
15.Fulvous breasted woodpecker.
16.Lesser yellow nape woodpecker.
17.Streak throated woodpecker.
18.Greater flame back woodpecker.
19.Black rumped flame back woodpecker.

BARBETS
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20.Lineated Berbet.
21.White cheeked Barbet.
22.Blue throated Barbet.
23.coppersmith Barbet.

SHRIKES
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24.Brown Shrike.
25.long tailed shrike.

CROWS
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26.House crow.
27.Large billed crow.

KINGFISHERS
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28.Common kingfisher.
29.White throated k.f
30.Pied k.f
31.Brown winged k.f
32.Black capped k.f
33.Collared k.f
34.Ruddy k.f
35.Stork billed k.f

BEE EATERS
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36.Green bee eater.
37.Blue tailed bee eater.

CUCKOOS
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38.Pied cuckoo.
39.Chestnut winged cuckoo.
40.Common hawk cuckoo.
41.Indian cuckoo.
42.Eurasian cuckoo.
43.Plaintive cuckoo.

PARAKEETS
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44.Rose ringed parakeet.
45.Plum headed parakeet.

OWLS
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46.Barn Owl.
47.Brown fish Owl.
48.Buffy fish Owl.(resident)
49. Spotted Owlet.
50.Indian scops Owl.(2015-18 my house)
51.Brown hawk Owl(2018 my house)

NIGHTJARS
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52.Large tailed nightjar.

DOVES
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53.Oriental Turtle dove
54.Spotted dove.
55.Red collared dove.
56.Eurasian Collared dove.
57.Emerald dove.

GREEN PIGEONS
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58.Orange Breasted green pigeon
59.Yellow Footed green pigeon.
60.Pompadour green pigeon.

ORIOLES. AND CUCKOO SHRIKES
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61.Golden Oriole.
62.Black Naped Oriole.
63.Black hooded oriole
64.Large cuckoo shrike
65.Black winged cuckoo shrike
66.Black headed cuckoo shrike

WADERS
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67.Common snipe
68. Whimbrel
69.Eurasian Curlew
70.Common red shank
71.Common green shank
72.Terek sandpiper
73.Common sandpiper
74.Ruddy Turnstone
75.little stint
76.Dunlin(2008)
77.Pheasant tailed jacana
78.Bronze winged jacana
79.Great thick knee
80.Grey plover
81.Pacific golden plover
82.Little ringed plover
83.Kentish plover
84.Lesser sand plover

LAPWINGS
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85.Grey headed lapwing
86.Red wattled lapwing

GULLS
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87.Hegelians gull
88.Pallas's gull
89.Brown headed gull
90.Black headed gull

TERNS
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91.River Tern
92.Common Tern
93.Little Tern
94.Whiskered Tern

DARTER AND CORMORANTS
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95.Derter
96.little cormorant
97.Indian cormorant
98.Great Cormorant

MINIVETS AND FLYCATCHERS
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99. Small miniver
100.White throated fantail

DRONGOS
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101.Black drongo
102.Ashy drongo
103.Bronzed drongo
104.White bellied drongo( my village pakhirala2012)

EGRETS,HERONS AND BITTERNS
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105.Little egret
106.Great egret
107.Intermediate egret
108.Cattle egret
109.Indian pond heron
110.Grey heron
111.GOLIATH HERON(pirkhali-3 06/10/2013, 10.35 a.m)
112.Purple heron
113.Little heron
114.Black crowned night heron
115.Yellow bittern
116.Black bittern
117.Cinnamon bittern

THRUSHES
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118.Blue rock thrush
119.Blue capped rock thrush
120.Orange headed thrush.
121.SIBERIAN THRUSH(Dobanki w.t.19/10/13....2.10 p.m )
122.EYEBROWED THRUSH(same time)
123.Scaly thrush
124.Tickell's thrush

BULBULS
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125.Red vented bulbul
126.Red whiskered bulbul

FLYCATCHERS AND CHATS
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127.Asian brown flycatcher
128.Red throated flycatcher
129.Verditer flycatcher
130.Siberian ruby throat.
131.GOLDEN BUSH Robin .female. (19/11/12 sajnekhali)
132.Oriental magpie Robin
133.Back redstart.
134.Common stonechat
135.Tiga flycatcher
136.Blue throat

LARKS
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137.Greater short toed lark
138.Oriental sky lark

STARLINGS
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139.Chestnut tailed starling
140.Brahminy starling
141.Asian pied starling
142.Common myna
143.Bank myna
144.Jungle myna

PRINIAS
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145.Jungle prinia
146.Yellow bellied prinia
147.Plan prinia

WARBLERS AND BABBLERS
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148.Clamorous reed warbler
149.Common chiffchaff
150.Greenish warbler
151.Dusky warbler
152White Browed scimitar babbler(resident)
153.Jungle babbler
154.Striated babbler
155.Abbott's babbler (resident)
156.Chestnut capped babbler(resident)

FLOWER PECKER'S AND SUNBIRDS
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157.Pale belled flowerpecker
158.Scarlet blacked flowerpecker
159.Purple rumped sunbird
160.purple sunbird
161.Loren's sunbird

WAGTAILS AND PIPITS
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162.Forest wagtail
163.White wagtail
164.Citrine wagtail
165.Yellow wagtail
166.Grey Wagtail
167.Paddy field pipit
168.Olive black pipit

WEAVERS AND AVADAVATS
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170.Baya weaver
171.Streaked weaver
172.Red avadavat

BUNTINGS,MUNIAS AND FINCHES
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173.Indian silver bill
174.Scaly breasted munia
175.Common rose finch

176.Chestnut Eared bunting(20/10/13)Dobanki w.t)
177.Little bunting

178.Black headed ibis
179.Lesser Adjutant
180.Asian open bill stroke

181.Slaty breasted rail
182.White breasted water hen
183.Watercock
184.Purple swamp hen
185.Common moor hen
186.common coot
187.Little grebe

188.Eurasian wryneck
190.Common hoops
191.Indian roller
192.Green billed malkoha
193.Greater coucal
194.Mangrove pitta
195.Golden Fronted leaf bird
196.Indian rufous treepie
197.Ashy woodswallow
198.Black naped monarch
199.Asian Paradise flycatcher
200.common Iora
201.Great tit
202.Barn swallow
203.Oriental white eye
204.Common tailorbird
205.House sparrow
206.Asian plum swift
207.Red jungle fowl.
208.Asian koel
209.Mangrove whistler
210.Plain Martin

211.Osprey
212.Brahminy kite
213.White belled sea eagle.
214.Short toed snake eagle(Dark morph)
215.Crested Serpent eagle.
216.Black kite
217.Eurasian marsh harrier
218.Pied Harrier
219.Shikra
220.Oriental Honey buzzard
221.Steppe eagle
222.C.H.E (Dark morph)
223.C.H.E (pale morph)
224.Red necked falcon(13/08/15/pikhali-2)
225.Peregrine falcon
226.Eurasian hobby (middle of October 2017 )
227.Amur falcon (24/11/16 and 2017)
228Grey headed fish eagle(2016 winter)
229.Pallas's fish eagle (03/12/17)
230.Eurasian sparrow hawk (2017)
231.Booted eagle(2017)

1730hrs.:– Arrived at Hotel/Resort/Lodge where your accommodation is already booked for overnight stay.free to relax at your room. 

2030hrs:– Dinner will be served at Hotel/Resort/Lodge where your accommodation is already booked. Or you may enjoy the dinner cruise also if you wish to do so with us.

Day 02:- Sundarban to Kolkata

0600hrs:- Wake-up Call with bed tea.

0700 hrs :- We will start our thrilling boat Safari through various rivers , Islands & small Creeks covering Pirkhali - You may get a chance to see Dolphin also while crossing this area , SarakKhali, Sundarkhali , Gazikhali, Chora Gazi Khali, Deul Varani, Banbib Varani. For bird watching and wild life sitting. lunch will be served on boat while cruising .

1600 hrs.:- Arrived at Godhkhali, disembark from our boat with sweet memories of Sundarban Mangrove forest .

1630 hrs.:- board your car/coach and Leave for Kolkata.

2000 hrs.:- Arrived at Kolkata. End of tour.

2 nights and 3 days Bird watching & village tour  

Day 01:- Kolkata to Gadhkhali

0800hrs:- departure from science city opposite ITC sonar Bangla Kolkata to Gadhkhali 90 kms. / 3 hrs. Journey by road (depends on traffic condition).

1100 hrs;- Arrived at Gadhkhali, where the memorable road ends and Cruises starts to visit Mangrove forest.

1130 hrs:- Once we reach there our local representative meet & greet you with welcome drinks on  board. Our non ac tourist boat is  furnished with bunk bed in lower deck  with attached  toilet & kitchen to prepare fresh & hygienic food for our guests. Upper deck is for observing wild life with seating & dining arrangement.  Once we cross the Bidya River we will reach Gosaba  Bazar to the opposite side of  Gadhkhali jetty. on the way we usually pay a  visit to the Gosba Island,Heritage Bunglow of Sir Daniel Mackinnon Hamilton’s who also known as FATHER OF SUNDARBAN FOUNDER OF ASIA’S 1ST CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY. (If time permits) Then we will start cruising through the rivers Gomor, Durga- duwani & enjoy the village life of the  Sundarban forest.

1330 hrs:- Post lunch arrived at Bali Island , spend the day for bird watching roam around the village. 

1630hrs.:- leave from Bali Island to Pakhiralay/Dayapur for overnight stay.

1830hrs:-Arrived at Pakhiralay check-in at Resort/Hotel/Lodge as per pre- reserved for you. Eve snacks with Tea will be served during cruise.

2030hrs:- Have Dinner .
Day02: Pakhiralay/ Dayapur to Dobanki & back

0600hrs:-Wake-up Call with bed tea,

0630hrs.:- Visit Rangabeliya village,  Pakhir Chor , Satgila village side, Dayapur village side, enjoy the village walk. visit Sajnekhali watch tower, visit the museum & Crocodile park at Sajnekhali forest,  Breakfast will be served on boat while cruising.

1130hrs.:- Return back to Hotel fresh up.

1300hrs:- Have lunch on boat then we will start our thrilling boat Safari through various rivers,Islands & small Creeks covering Sharakhali 1 & 2 Pirkhali range , and at last visit Sudhnyakhali watch tower.  

1600hrs:- Arrived at  Sudhanya Khali watch tower in the late evening spent an hour or so then leave for Pakhiralay/ Dayapur village .

1630hrs:-  leave for Pakhiralay/ Dayapur , recheck in for overnight stay.

1800hrs:- Arrival at hotel, fresh up and free to relax.

1830hrs:- we will serve Evening Tea and Snacks

2030hrs:- Have Dinner

Day03:- Pakhiralay/ Dayapur to Kolkata

0600 hrs.:-Wakeup call with bed tea

0700 hrs.:- Leave for Dobanki , we will cross various narrow creeks and rive of Mangrove forest for Birdwatching Gazikhali Khal(Cannel) , Chora Gazikhali, Sundarkhali , Nobanki , Khonakhali . Breakfast will be served on boat

1000 hrs.:-Arrived at Dobanki W.T

DoBanki:This watchtower is renowned for long canopy walk, which is 20 feet high from ground. It resembles a flyover with a 12 ft high side fencing of grill and strong net in the form of a canopy to protect tourists from wildlife. This walkway offers a beautiful view of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve forest.Here too, like the other camps, there is a sweet water pond.

1100 hrs:-leave from Do banki Watch tower.For Gadh khali,We will cross Panchamukhani - a confluence of five rivers – Icchamati, Durgaduyani, Gumor, Shukna. Again we will cross Bali Island then we will visit banabibi Varani the most attractive and beautiful narrow creeks of Sundarban Mangrove forest.

1530 hrs.:-Arrived at Godhkhali, disembark from our boat with sweet memories of Sundarban Mangrove forest.

1600 hrs.:- board your car/coach  and Leave for Kolkata.

1930 hrs.:- Arrived at Kolkata. End of tour.

Any day departure as per guest choice subject to prior approval from Forest Department . So you are requested t book the tour well in advance to get entry permit.