Saturday, 17 January 2015

New Tour to China in November 2016

Yet another new tour has just been posted on our website and this one is something a little different. This time we will visit some excellent birding sites in China that are all easily accessible and hold an enviable list of mouth-watering species. A good number of the potential species we hope to see are not available on other ZOOTHERA tours and you have to see them in winter. With direct flights from UK to Shanghai it really is an easy place to get to and Shanghai Pudong International Airport is also easily reached from major airports in Europe and USA as well. The vast Yangcheng Nature Reserve and Poyang Lake are home to 6 species of crane: White-naped, Hooded, Red-crowned, Siberian, Common and sometimes Sandhill. And then there is also Baikal Teal, Baer's Pochard, Falcated Duck, Oriental Stork, Swan Goose, plus multitudes of other wildfowl. 

We will also visit Wuyuan for the much-wanted Scaly-sided Merganser, and visit the Minjiang Estuary for Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Black-faced Spoonbill. There's also a great selection of wintering passerines such as Northern Red-flanked Bluetail, Dusky Thrush, Naumann's Thrush, Pale ThrushSiberian Thrush, Yellow-browed Bunting, Pallas's Reed Bunting and others. And i'm personally hoping for a Japanese Robin..!

Follow this link to see the tour itinerary:

Baikal Teal - a real stunner!

Hooded Crane

Red-crowned Crane

Scaly-sided Merganser
Chinese Grosbeak is a stunner too!

Grey-sided Scimitar-babbler at Fuzhou Forest Park

Real wild Mandarin Ducks

Oriental Stork

More Red-crowned Cranes

Even more Red-crowned Cranes

The endemic Reed Parrotbill

Going to need a large slice of luck to see Short-tailed Parrotbill

Silver Pheasant at Fuzhou

Its always a delight to see Spoonies...

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