• The iconic Ibisbill is a shorebird endemic to the Himalayas where it feeds along fast moving clear streams and rivers.
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie near Tiger's Nest Monastery.
  • A White-throated Laughingthrush in the early morning.
  • Our first views of the Paro Valley on the flight into Bhutan.
  • What the Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler lacks in visual appeal it more than makes up for with its song!
  • White-browed Fulvetta.
  • Stunning and glamorous, the Verditer Flycatcher.
  • The Trongsa Dzong.
  • Our friend and host, Hishey Tsering, is many things. When not leading birding tours he manages the Bhutan National Football Team. Here he address the team before a historic match against Sri Lanka.
  • A Rufous-fronted Tit fluffs up against a cold wind.
  • The fanned tail of a Plumbeous Water Redstart.
  • The inner court yard of the Punakha Dzong.
  • Primrose near Thimphu, Bhutan.
  • The Bhutan National Football team practices in the national stadium in Thimphu before their match with Sri Lanka.
  • Traditional plowing with livestock in the Bumthang valley.
  • A Large-billed Crow threatens a
  • Pallas's Fish-Eagle. We had amazing luck with this rare eagle, finding in on three different days of the tour!
  • An Oriental Turtle Dove poses along the trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery.
  • Four species of hornbill inhabit the forests of Bhutan and we were fortunate to have great looks at all four. Here an Oriental Pied Hornbill rests alongside the road.
  • The Large-billed Crow is common throughout Bhutan.
  • A Large Niltava flashes his brilliant blue rump and crown.
  • The subtly beautiful Jungle Babbler is found along the border with India in the south of Bhutan.
  • House Crows are not common in Bhutan, but this striking corvid can be found in Thimphu.
  • Himalayan Griffons soar above the high ridges in Bhutan. Here one rests near Pele La.
  • A Chestnut-tailed Starling holds court and the attention of a group of very happy birders from his perch on a flowering Bombax tree.
  • All smiles in the land of Gross National Happiness.

Birding Bhutan is an adventure filled with incredible birds and mammals, wild forests, beautiful people and fascinating culture. Our 2015 tour was a grand adventure. Photos by Aaron Lang. Click on any photo for captions. More photos from this tour are here.