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Myanmar Birdwatching Tour

Myanmar Birdwatching Tour
When: Sat 3 Feb - Thur 22 Feb 2018
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Moe Aung
Myanmar Birdwatching Tour
Melbourne/Melbourne (20 Days) $8,206
Single Room Supplement $800
Ground Content (ex Yangon) $7,232
M yanmar, formerly known as Burma, is the largest and ornithologically most diverse country in Southeast Asia, stretching 2,000 kilometres from the cold, lofty heights of the Himalayas in the north, to the steamy tropical lowland rainforests of southern Tenasserim, in the south. It has a birdlist which exceeds 1,000 species, including some of the world's most beautiful birds, making it one of the richest avifaunas, for its size, of any country in the world. On this exciting tour, not only will we encounter large numbers of Myanmar's colourful tropical birds, including all six of the nation's endemics, we will also see first hand, its fascinating culture and history. Hidden from foreigners for a generation, Myanmar has now begun opening its doors to overseas visitors, revealing the wonders of an ancient civilisation, centered on glittering pagodas and medieval temples. A visit to Myanmar is like stepping back in time, providing a rare glimpse at Asia, as it used to be. We begin the tour in Hlawgar National Park, a small wetland area on the outskirts of Yangon. Moving on, we do some birding in the Moeyingyi Bird Sanctuary, another wetland area. We then drive up into the hills of the Shan State, where we go birding in the forested valleys and beautiful pine-covered ridges at Kalaw, in search of the near-endemic Burmese Yuhina. From here, we drive down to the very scenic Inle Lake, home to the extremely localised Jerdon's Bushchat. A short flight will then take us to the spectacular ancient capital of Began, resplendent with literally thousands of temples, on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River, in the country's central arid zone. We then explore an area of thorn-scrub and dry deciduous forest, around Kanpetlet; specialities in this area include four endemic species, Jerdon's Minivet, Burmese Bushlark, White-throated Babbler and Hooded Treepie. Moving on, we climb the forested slopes of the lofty Chin Hills, where we will spend four days birding the extensive mixed-deciduous forests that cloak Mt Victoria, in Natmataung National Park, Myanmar's premier National Park. Here we will search for the striking and endemic White-browed Nuthatch and a host of other stunning birds. We shall also have a mornings boat trip along the Irrawaddy River at Bagan, where we will search for the extremely beautiful Small Pratincole. On the final leg of our journey we fly to Tenasserim in the far south, where we will search for one of the world's most endangered birds, the near-mythical, and astonishingly beautiful, Gurney's Pitta, along with a host of other colourful birds. On the final day of the tour, we will fly back to Yangon and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, an ethereal complex of striking golden-spired temples.

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