Thank you Frogfish and Mike
That's very kind you.
Yes indeed Mike, southern Yunnan is rich in just-in-China species, but the Gaoligongshan and western Yunnan are much richer and a far better experience in many ways.
Best regards from a ridiculously-polluted Beijing (the attached screen grab...
Thought that there may be some interest in my records from a birding trip to Xishuangbanna, southern Yunnan recently.
(There are some other of my China-birding reports as well as my survey of the birds of the Wenyu River, Beijing on the same page):
The report of what I saw in western Yunnan from the 5th to the 15th February is now posted on my website:
The above page is linked to a few snaps I took on the trip.
If you would just like to see the photos, then please use this link...
Took the public bus from Shanghai to Yancheng last Wednesday.
Spent two days in the reserve area, and then caught the train to Nanjing, where I birded Purple Mountain for two days.
My trip report and photos are here:
Just back to Beijing following a four day trip to Jiangsu province (2 days at Yancheng and 2 days on Purple Mountain in Nanjing).
Even managed to find a bird I'd never seen before.
My trip report (with lots of photos) is here:
Yes I know this.
But, at long last, there is hope:
Li Feng (jpeg from the China daily below) is the inspiration for the Beidagang heroes.
These activists have, in turn, inspired many more groups up and down the country to get out there and tear down...
Couldn't agree more Jeff... "You do what you can do".
You can see some overwhelmingly sad things here at times, but I take much heart from the young, local birders and their determination to make things a lot beter than they are presently.
Monday, 14th January 2013 (15 species)
4 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing; 3.15 pm to 4.45 pm
3 鹌鹑 Coturnix japonica Japanese Quail
c 10 赤麻鸭 Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck
c400 绿头鸭 Anas platyrhynchos Mallard
c 70 绿翅鸭 Anas crecca Teal
1 苍鹭 Ardea cinerea Grey Heron
Sunday, 13th January 2013 (31 species)
20 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing; 8.45 am to 2 pm
4 鹌鹑 Coturnix japonica Japanese Quail (2 pairs) [2013 = 33 species]
c 15 赤麻鸭 Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck
c10 鸳鸯 Aix galericulata Mandarin Duck
few 赤膀鸭 Anas strepera Gadwall...
Wednesday, 9th January 2013 (23 species)
5 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing
3 赤麻鸭 Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck
17 鸳鸯 Aix galericulata Mandarin Duck (5 males)
2 赤膀鸭 Anas strepera Gadwall
c 1,100 绿头鸭 Anas platyrhynchos Mallard
c 10 斑嘴鸭 Anas zonorhyncha Spot-billed...
Thanks Thirudevaram for posting photos of a vile practice.
On the subject of Shanghai, there is a very active local volunteer group that does great work in destroying many nets and making it harder for the people in the shots posted above to make a living.
But the main task is indeed...
I'm just back to Beijng after a rather long and indulgent holiday in a well-known birding spot.
Despite the jet lag, I attended the Rang Houniao Fei conference in Beijing today.
It was a coming together of many of the key activists in the bird protection movement in China. Among the...
Wenyu River, Tongzhou, Beijing
Bewick's Swan and "Whistling" Swan.
The latter is, I am told, the first record for China.
"Whistling" Swan breeds in Chukotka (far eastern Siberia). All but a few winter in North America (has been recorded in Japan apparently).
I found it on the 25th November...
Two people have been arrested in connection with the poisoning to death of 22 Oriental White Storks in Beidagang, Tianjin.
The report is here: http://www.chinesecurrents.com/news.html
More good news is that there have been no more reports of poisoning there among the up to 350...
On Wednesday, shortly after the successful release of the 15 Oriental White Storks that had been nursed back to health, another two storks were found to be in difficulty, more than 100 miles along the coast (in "Happy Island" county).
Sadly, one later died. The translated report from...