Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Moli Rainforest Park - Ruili Reservoir

We visited the delightful Moli Rainforest Park notching up a decent run of good sightings. Our main quarry was Streaked Wren-Babbler, which showed on several occasions at close range giving everyone excellent views. 

Streaked Wren-Babbler

Kristian also pulled the proverbial ‘rabbit out of the hat’ with a cracking Dark-sided Thrush quietly feeding on a leaf-covered slope. 

Dark-sided Thrush

A flock of Red-billed Scimitar-Babblers and White-hooded Babblers, held a few Pale-billed and Rufous-headed Parrotbills but they were a little distant at the top of a slope. There was also 4 species of forktail: Spotted, Little, Slaty-backed and White-crowned, as well as Eastern Crowned Warbler, White-tailed Robin, lots of White-throated Bulbuls, Rufous-bellied Niltava, a pair of Red-headed Trogons and we had a couple great views of Slaty-bellied Tesia as well.

We had lunch at one of the restaurants here before checking out the flowering tree we saw on our walk in to the park where Grey SibiaBlue-bearded Bee-eaterSlender-billed OrioleLong-tailed SibiaMaroon Oriole, and numerous Streaked Spiderhunters were seen.

After lunch we paid a visit to Ruili Reservoir, arriving about 4pm. It was still hot but walking alongside the water we found a flock of approx. 30 Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes going about their business in the dense secondary growth. A Burmese Shrike was also much appreciated and there was also Common Iora, a group of 3 Rufous WoodpeckersStriated GrassbirdGreenish WarblerVerditer and a female Slaty-blue Flycatcher. Out on the water were quite a few Indian Spot-billed Ducks, a few MandarinsLittle Grebe and both Great and Little Cormorants – the latter species is quite hard to get in China.

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