Sunset taken at Bagan on our new Myanmar tour in 2018.
Although we have visited Myanmar many times, the new tour concentrated on the endemics and special cultural sites in the north.
We managed to see every endemic species, while enjoying stunning views of star birds like White-rumped and Collared Falconets, Rosy Minivet, Laggar Falcon, etc.
Pied Harriers came to roost as we took a sundown boat ride.
Rain Quails are stunning little creatures. We were so privileged to see them on the bank of the Irrawaddy River.
White-browed Nuthatch has a tiny world distribution being only found on Mount Victoria.
We have always been fortunate to see them well.
Hooded Treepie is possibly the hardest of all Burmese endemics to find. They live in the dry arid Irrawaddy Plain near the temples of Bagan. But few people get to see one, let alone catch a glint in its eye!
Jerdon's Minivet is another star endemic. No photograph can do justice to just how bright the Hi-vis, road-cone orange patch on its chest really is.
no excuses for more Pied Harrier photos - just stunning!
Shwedagon Pagoda from our hotel room window.
Ancient Bagan has over 3000 temples.
a glimpse into everyday Irrawaddy life.
The larger temples like this have enormous golden Buddha statues inside.
the old ox carts are still common but are replaced by more cars as the years go by.
White-eyed Buzzards perch on the temples at Bagan.
Crested Honey Buzzards are common during our visit.
The Irrawaddy Crow is a split in waiting.
We saw Rain Quail in areas that look like they never see rain!
More Hooded Treepies, we saw this smart adult in Bagan.
of course, we can't wait to go back, so if you want to ask any questions about our Myanmar trip or put your name down on our customer list, please call us.
These photographs were taken during our 2014 Tour.
Our trip started at Mount Victoria. This quiet secluded place has been closed to visitors for several years and is the only place in the world to see
the gorgeous White-browed Nuthatch. We managed amazing views of several pairs.
the Burmese Tit was another endemic that we found at Mount Victoria.
Rural Mount Victoria
at Yangon we were treated to an amazing display of millions of bats leaving the Shwedagon Pagoda
the bats were attacked by kestrels, peregrines, kites and crows
this kite was eating a bat while being chased by House Crows
Bagan's temples are one of the great treasures of Ancient Asia
our search for Spoon-billed Sandpiper began by sifting through hundreds of sand-plovers, Broad-billed sandpipers and Red-necked Stints.
left is a normal view through a 400mm lens & a digi-scope view from our local guide Lay Win on the right.
more pictures of the ex-hunters and village life lower down this page.
our final stop was at Lake Moeyengi where this Purple Heron flushed hundreds of gallinules and jacanas as it passed
Hill Partridge is a shy forest bird
Hooded Treepie - possibly the hardest endemic to find
White-throated Babbler is endemic
Jerdon's Minivet was the last of our endemic set.
Mrs Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush
Great White Egret
Eastern Marsh Harrier
view from Mnt Victoria
Hindu temple by the coast
SPOON-BILLED SANDPIPER CONSERVATION TOUR
2013 tour pictures
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.
Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.
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