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Shi Jin
Thursday 10th December 2009, 00:11
I'm off to Lanzhou this afternoon for a few days.

Does anyone have any suggestions where to go? (That's close to the city).

Thanks in advance.

Thursday 10th December 2009, 01:19
Not sure if Xinglong Shan is too far away to be within reach, but I had a few good birds there is 1991 (will have to go home & check my notebook to tell you what though)


Shi Jin
Saturday 12th December 2009, 15:34
Thanks Mike.

Jesper also recommended the same site, which he visited in 1989.

It's only one hour by taxi east of Lanzhou, so I decided to go for it...

And what a wonderful day it was.

The habitat is still in good shape and the bird activity was non-stop ALL day (from 2400 to 2600 metres asl).

... I'll post the notes asap (along with the photos I took - I luckily managed to get shots of everything, including male and female Crested Tit Warblers!).

Best regards.

Shi Jin
Saturday 12th December 2009, 15:42
Here the list of birds I saw at Xinglong Shan (Thanks to Jesper and Mike for the recommendation).

Grey-hooded Fulvetta (c60)
Eurasian Treecreeper (3)
Eastern Buzzard (1)
Rufous-breasted Accentor (c30)
Siberian Accentor (sev)
Elliot's Laughingthrush (c50)
Crested Tit Warber, male (2) female (3)
White-browed Rosefinch, female (1)
Chinese Nuthatch (sev)
Red-throated Thrush (few)
Songar Tit (c50)
"Crested" Coal Tit (1)
Grey-headed Bullfinch (sev)
Large-billed Crow (1)
Dusky Thrush (sev)
Little Bunting (1)
Great Tit sp (1)

ALL of the species were photographed.

I'll post the best shots to my website as soon as I can (and post the URL on this thread).

Best regards from Lanzhou!

Shi Jin
Tuesday 15th December 2009, 01:27
As promised, here's the link to the photos:


Tuesday 15th December 2009, 13:34
Some lovely photos. Any habitat shots? it would be great to set some of these birds in context - and to see if it looks anything like the place I visited in 1991


Shi Jin
Wednesday 16th December 2009, 06:48
Hi Mike

Habitat looked very good... lots of primary conifer.

I had a 500mm lens on (which on the Nikon system is closer to a 700mm), so not much in the way of 'context" I'm afraid.

The place is so close to lanzhou that I would be surprised if there aren't wide shots on the various Chinese photo sites.

I'll have a look.


Shi Jin
Thursday 24th December 2009, 01:52
Here's a link to some habitat shots of Xinglong Shan.