|A few iffy photos of Chinese Crested Terns with Greater Crested Terns...|
|Watching the terns....|
So we walked closer, until about 150m away and scoped the flock, getting great looks at ‘the biggie’ and eventually we found 4 Chinese Crested Terns. We watched them for an hour, and occasionally the whole flock would fly around and then settle in the same place again. This could not have gone any better.
There were plenty of shorebirds around including Red-necked and Long-toed Stints, Sharp-tailed and Terek Sandpipers, a lone Great Knot, a flock of breeding-plumaged Sanderling, Dunlin and Red Knot and also a flock of 10+ Black-faced Spoonbills were some distance away. There was also Caspian, White-winged, Black, Little & Common Terns, as well as 3 immature Black-tailed Gulls, Sooty-headed Bulbul and Grey-capped Greenfinch. So we left and returned to the hotel for breakfast, loaded the luggage up and checked out. Then we searched for migrants along the coastal fields and came up trumps with a female Yellow-breasted Bunting feeding along a drainage ditch. There was also Yellow Bittern, Oriental Skylark, 2 Pacific Golden Plovers, Oriental Pratincole, 2 fine Little Curlews, Black-collared and White-cheeked Starlings, Masked and White-browed Laughingthrushes, and both Oriental and Black-browed Reed Warblers.
|Little Curlew in the heat haze...|
After lunch we drove to our new hotel close to the entrance of Fuzhou Forest Park and following a short break we drove into the park. It was rather hot but there were quite a few birds around and a pair of the distinctive local race of Orange-bellied Leafbirds were seen in a bare tree on the slope above us (a potential future split). Several Great Barbets were around, and Chestnut Bulbuls were also prominent.
Yet another Collared Owlet was seen in a tree beside the path and was attracting numerous birds, with some splendid male Fork-tailed Sunbirds, Common Tailorbird, and both Grey-chinned and Scarlet Minivets mobbing it. The trail went up onto the side of the hill and was quite steep in places but the effort was worth it as we saw Blue Whistling Thrush, a mixed flock of Lesser and Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes, a fine Grey-headed Parrotbill, brief Grey-sided Scimitar-Babbler, and best of all a few White-necklaced Partridges were feeding in the leaf litter below the trail. And that was our day.