We then headed around Flat Bay stopping at various wetlands looking for Andaman Teal. The water bodies held good numbers of birds with Purple Gallinule, Yellow Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Lesser Whistling Duck, Intermediate Egret, Striated Heron, Pacific Golden-plover, Red-throated Pipit and Eastern Yellow Wagtail, but we had no luck with the Teal. We reached the main pool for the Andaman Teal located approximately 1.5km south-east of Tusnabad, this was a very large lake surrounded by rushes, sedges, reed and papyrus with extensive areas of open mud. There were many waders with the highlights being Long-toed Stint (55), Red-necked Stint (15), Oriental Pratincole (1), Wood Sandpiper (c.75), Whimbrel, Pacific Golden-plover, a winter plumage Broad-billed Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpiper (6). In the surrounding scrub we recorded Oriental Reed-warbler and Dusky Warbler but again there was no sign of the Teal.
Purple Gallinule - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Pacific Golden-plover - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Whimbrel of subspecies variegatus - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
White-breasted Kingfisher - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Great Egret - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Yellow Bittern - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Redshank of subspecies eurina - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Wood Sandpiper - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Eastern Yellow Wagtail - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
Lesser Whistling-duck - Near to Chouldari, Andaman Islands
We then headed over the island to Chidiatapu Biological Park. It was fairly slow going but we had only two main targets. Walking past the pens containing various deer we recorded Grey-capped Emerald Dove, Green Imperial-pigeon and Changeable Hawk-eagle. There was a shout and a quick sprint and Jejo had found our first target, an Andaman Serpent-eagle soaring over the canopy. Wandering on we recorded Greenish Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler and then Barry found our last target, three Andaman Wood-pigeon perched quietly within the under scrub and lower canopy.
Andaman Green Bronzeback - Chidiatapu Biological Park, Andaman Islands
Grey-capped Emerald Dove - Chidiatapu Biological Park, Andaman Islands
Andaman Serpent-eagle - Chidiatapu Biological Park, Andaman Islands
Andaman Woodpigeon - Chidiatapu Biological Park, Andaman Islands
Dragonfly species - Chidiatapu Biological Park, Andaman Islands
Changeable Hawk-eagle - Chidiatapu Biological Park, Andaman Islands
Distant shot of our last endemic, Andaman Teal - Near to Tusnabad, Andaman Islands
List of Birds Recorded in the Andaman Islands
We recorded 114 species, 22 of which were ticks for me (shown in bold). All ticks were Andaman endemics with the exception of Lesser Cuckoo and Indian Cuckoo. We saw all of the endemic species of the Andaman Islands.
Grey-capped Emerald Dove
Great White Egret
Pacific Golden Plover
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo
Common Hill Myna
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Links to Other Days of the Trip (Click to View)
- Day 1 – International flight from London Heathrow.
- Day 2 – Landed Chennai then flight to Port Blair. Birding on Andaman Islands PM.
- Day 3 – Andaman Islands.
- Day 4 – Andaman Islands.
- Day 6 – Travel day from Port Blair (Andaman Islands) to Ooty (Western Ghats).
- Day 7 – Birding Ooty then on to Mudumalai.
- Day 8 – Birding Mudumalai then drive back to Ooty.
- Day 9 – Birding Ooty and then drive to Munnar.
- Day 10 – Birding Munnar area.
- Day 11 – Drive from Munnar to Periyar Tiger Reserve.
- Day 12 – Periyar Tiger Reserve.
- Day 13 – Drive from Kumily to Thattekkad.
- Day 14 – Thattekkad area.
- Day 15 – Thattekkad area then travel to Chennai.
- Day 16 - International flight.