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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    30 December 2009 No further birding dates planned for 2009 so now time to concentrate on 2010. Am not back to work until 11Jan10 so hope to get some good birding in over the first few days. On 1Jan10 aim is to do normal first day of the year route below and try and beat previous best of 74...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    29 November 2009 A mid afternoon trip to Carsington Reservoir started with a visit to Sheepwash Hide (Photo1) where a Yellow Legged Gull was freshening up in the waters just off Flat Island 379.Yellow Legged Gull-----------Carsington Reservoir--------------England Moving along to Lane End...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    28 November 2009 Rain was the order of the early morning today. It was already raining when I left the house at 0645 to pick up Steve and it continued to lash down all the way to Far Ings on the southern bank of the Humber next to the Humber bridge. Arriving at 0830 it was another two hours...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    21 November 2009 Steve and I arrived at Rutland Water’s Egleton Reserve car park at 0830 this morning in search of our first Slavonian Grebe of the year. We were first in the car park but took our time to get to Gadwall Hide looking over South Arm III (Photo 1) where the bird had been seen...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    1 November 2009 (Continued) The bunting would turn out to be the last new Hong Kong bird of the day. I called Jason up to pick me up mid afternoon where we finished off the day at Long Valley. There were still many photographers (Photo1) wondering the fields when we arrived. As the afternoon...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    1 November 2009 (Continued) Heading north again it looked very much that the track did loop back towards the reserve. Suddenly there was a commotion in the tree ahead of me as a Spotted Dove followed closely by my first Hong Kong based Sparrowhawk (Photo1) exploded from its cover. The dove...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    1 November 2009 (Continued) Mai Po can look particularly serine early in the day (Photo 1) but we didn't have much time to take it all in as we were all hurried along the floating boardwalk (Photo 2) through the mangrove swamp and on to the bird hide overlooking the mudflats as high tide was...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    1 November 2009 A later start today, my last day in Greater China, with Jason picking me up from the hotel at 7:30 am for the 30 minute drive to Mai Po Nature Reserve (Photo 1) where the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society were holding a bird watching day. As soon as we arrived we realised that it...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    31 October 2009 (Continued) After a short lunch in Tai Po Jason and I then visited Tai Po Kau (Photo 1) forest Nature Reserve, which had been recommended by Mike. Initially there were very few birds around, and even when we went off piste up one of the steeper paths the silence was deafening...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    31 October 2009 (Continued) A Chestnut Eared Bunting (Photo1) provided my penultimate year bird at Long Valley, while a splendid Pheasant Tailed Jacana (minus the tail this time of year) flew over providing the last. We saw it a couple of times in fact but always flying in the distance...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    31 October 2009 Jason Zhang, one of our Reps in Hong Kong, kindly picked me up from my hotel just off Nathan road in Mongkok, Hong Kong at 7am this morning to drive out to the New Territories and pick up fellow Birdforum member Mike Kilburn (MkinHK) from Ping Long at 8am. My last trip out...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    28 October 2009 Having taken the fast train (200 mph plus) from Beijing to Tianjin Sunday night, I transferred to Chengdu (Sichuan) Monday night and by Tuesday night I was in Urumqi (Xinjiang) west of the Gobi Desert, having flown in alongside the impressive Tianshan Mountain range. I...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    25 October 2009 (Continued) Moving deeper into the park we came across some paddy fields where we could hear a large number of Tree Sparrows calling. Once we found them there must have been several hundred. However we also came across the blight of many birding areas in China, a mist net which...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    25 October 2009 We awoke the next day to thick fog that put pay to any migration watch. Julia and Cynthia bought some hot corn on the cob from a street vendor (Photo1) before we headed to the same breakfast stop as the previous day. Due to the weather we decided to visit the reservoir park...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    24 October 2009 (Continued) Next stop was a Lian Fengshan park (Photo 1) that looked over Beidaihe, which has a tall mast giving good views of any migrating birds, should there be any migrating birds! Unfortunately the only new bird of the year was a Grey Capped Pygmy Woodpecker (Photo 2) and...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    24 October 2009 A leisurely 0730 start today in Beidaihe after travelling here from Beijing with Julia Li and Cynthia Zhang together with fellow Birdforum member Mr Li Ming and long time Beijing bird watching friend Mr Li Haitao last night. The Lang Qin Yu hotel (Photo1) was very good for...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    First of all many thanks to the 10th person to rank this thread, much appreciated 18 October 2009 (Continued) Back at the car in time for one last shot of the team (Photo1) we then headed for Lei Zhou's principle city aptly named Lei Zhou where we ate lunch, Country Boy picked something up...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    18 October 2009 (Continued) As the sun rose in the sky Lool, Country Boy, Bird Man and I spread out to try and find our own birds. William and the driver slept in the car knowing they had a nine-hour drive home later! Rounding the shaded part of a mature rice field I spotted a small crake...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    18 October 2009 It was a rather early start today, arriving at the paddy fields (Photo1) at 0530 as Lool was hoping we would be able to see some of the birds the farmers had caught in the mist nets. However we were too late, the car that came and picks up all the birds had long gone with its...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2009 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    17 October 2009 (continued) Back out in the paddy fields (Photo1) while there were numerous types of bird of prey flying through no new species passed by. I then broke away from the main group to do a bit of solo birding. Just as I was criss-crossing one of the mature fields of rice a Yellow...
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