Monday, 21 May 2012

SE China - the last day

A last early start saw us following the paved path that meanders along the side of the mountains here and despite the humid conditions we enjoyed some great sightings. A flock of Indochinese Yuhinas gave an outstanding show as they came in to inspect our owlet imitation, which also attracted a Chestnut Bulbul as well. 

Indochinese Yuhinas

Both Grey-sided and Streak-breasted Scimitar-babblers and Great Barbet also showed well, as did Orange-bellied Leafbird, whilst Scarlet Minivet was a little distant. A White-necklaced Partridge called repeatedly from the hill above us and was seen briefly by the leaders, but couldn’t be lured closer. Returning to the car park we followed the path beside a fast-flowing mountain stream where a Blue Whistling-thrush flew by, and our final new bird of the tour was a splendid Slaty-backed Forktail to finish our birding in this seldom visited corner of China. In the afternoon we flew back to Shanghai and said our goodbyes to Menxiu who had proven to be a superb guide and a good friend.

Collared Finchbill

David's Fulvetta

Slaty-backed Forktail

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