working with the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force (Birdlife International, WWT, RSPB, Arcona, BANCA)
the ancient city of Bagan has 3000+ temples dating back to 900AD
Siberian Rubythroat, male at Bagan. Black Baza displaying near Yangon
Blue Rock Thrush were common around and inside the temples.
a Pied Harrier hunts in the rice paddies
In the Gulf of Martaban, thousands of waders gather at high tide, giving us chance to see Spoon-billed sandpipers. These are mostly Greater and Lesser Sandplovers.
fishing is still done with traditional methods
hundreds of terns and egrets wait by nets set for fish in the bay
the waders gather on the mudflats before moving to the beaches by the village
Spoon-billed Sandpipers are posted all over the villages to inform locals about how special they are.
We met this chap who was a bird hunter. As part of the Task Force's work, he was persuaded to stop hunting birds altogether. In fact most hunters took up the option to stop.
Through donations, they now have alternative employment. Some are fishermen, some opened small shops and this one counts & surveys shorebirds for BANCA (Birdlife Burma).
Our tour provides income for the ex-hunters, donates money to the village as a whole, and also raises awareness.
fishing boats by the village. Spoon-billed sandpipers roost on the grass here at high tide
Plain-backed Sparrows are surprisingly smart - how can anyone say sparrows are boring!
Black-capped Kingfisher at Moeyengi
herons going to roost
the bats in Yangon are one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in Asia
millions emerge from the pagoda at dusk and rise into the sky like a plume of smoke
they are targeted by kestrels,
Bagan's temples are unforgettable. Four of the Burmese endemics occur here and on our 2014 tour we will head off to Mount Victoria to catch up with the rest.
mostly Whiskered Terns, on the fishing nets
Oriental Honey Buzzards
Oriental Honey Buzzard
loads of Pied Harriers came to roost here
spot the Spoon-billed Sandpiper !
the endemic Burmese Bushlark
the endemic White-throated Babbler
a mynah squabble........get it mynah/minor.... Oh please yourself!
Pin-striped Tit Babbler
the Irrawaddy River
on the road to Mandalay
House Crows in Yangon
the 2013 Bird Holidays group meeting with ex-hunters and the mayor of the village before going to count Spoon-billed Sandpipers.
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