THANK YOU JON (And Some Indian Mammals)
First of all, I can’t express my gratitude enough to Jon for putting together the amazing adventure, with a unique and diverse group of people, all of whom it was an absolute pleasure to meet and hang out with in Leh and Hemis.
So thanks everyone for a great time, and an awesome adventure!! (And special thanks to Joey the Stone Marten)
Jon will put together our trip report, so I won’t elaborate, but I want to add, on top of the mammals in our Ladakh trip, Rhesus Macaques ALL OVER Agra, 5-striped squirrels at the Taj Mahal, another unidentified squirrel at the Taj Mahal (see picture attached), which I actually think is most likely an immature or mis-colored 5-stripe
Also, during my last day in Delhi, the very nice people in the Dutch/Belgian group who were with us in the camp invited me to go with them to Sultanpur National Park where we saw a lot of Nilgai and 5-striped squirrel. Also we saw some GREAT birds including spotted owlets, Indian Grey Hornbills, Sarus Cranes, White-throated, common and stork-billed kingfishers, brown-headed barbets (I actually missed those), wild Indian Peafowl, Great Coucal, 2-3 species of Eagles and lots of shorebirds and other interesting species 🙂 SO thanks again for letting me come with you guys!
I’m looking forward to hearing what the rest of our group saw on our extension!