SOUTHEAST CHINA

birding tour photos from our 2011 tour

 

 

 

Saunder's Gulls were common on the coast

 

 

We also found resident Fork-tailed Sunbirds mixing with migrant Yellow-browed and Pallas's Warblers.

 

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

 

 

this Spoon-billed sandpiper had a dribble!

 

 

 

not easy to pick out in flight but at least eight different birds were seen on this trip

 

 

dark morph Long-tailed Shrike & a normal one below

 

 

 

Wuyishan was amazing - each leaf was sealed in ice

Nice and sunny we reached the mountain top to view an incredible area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swinhoe's Stripped Squirrel was a cute find at Wuyishan

 

 

the local race of Yellow-browed Tit was a strange bird

 

 

 

Coal Tits here have whacking big crests!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Two species of Forktail were seen on this tour.

 

 

Daurian redstarts were everywhere

 

 

Yellow-browed Bunting would be a mega in the UK, here they were common in fields

 

 

 

 

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpeckers

 

 

 

Scaly Merganser is a little-known & little seen bird!!!!

we found 13.

 

 

 

Crested Kingfisher

 

 

Asian Barred Owl

 

although a picture postcard place with frosted trees in the morning, it was not that cold

 

 

 

 

 

see. It was warm & sunny really

 

Pied Falconet is a speciality in this valley

 

 

 

more redstarts!!

 

 

Crested Myna

moving to Poyang Hu we saw thousands of Bean Geese

 

 

a family of Siberian Cranes - we saw almost the whole World population here!!!!

 

 

 

Poyang Hu was full of waders; thousands of avocet, spoonbills and a flock of 10,000 Spotted redshanks!!!!

 

Eastern Water Rail is a very hard bird to see here.

 

 

Brown Crake is easier

 

 

Common Cranes

 

Chinese Shrike

 

Beijing is beautiful at this time of year, but this day was a little cold.

 

 

the Emperor's Summer Palace

 

 

The Great Wall

 

 

 

 

 

The Forbidden City is not off limits for Bird Holidays

 

 

Azure-winged magpie is a garden bird in Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

each little house in the mountains had a separate door for the chickens to huddle next to the fire at night time

 

 

 

 

 

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