17 August 2012

On to REAL China...SICHUAN (May 2012)

After bidding farewell, rather impressively, to Taiwan with a Taiwan Blue Magpie as the very last bird of my short trip there. So after goodbyes to Keith Barnes, who like me was headed to mainland China for a tour, I landed in Chengdu. I wasted no time to get out in the field though, as after a midnight arrival, we were on the road the next morning to check out new sites in Sichuan, following the closure of one of the usual tour sites, Wawu Shan. After days in Longcanggou, picking up Buffy Laughingthrush, Golden Parrotbill, Sichuan Treecreeper, Emei Leaf-Warbler, and Emei Liocichla among a host of others, we headed to our next new site: Labahe. A crazy morning on the road there involved stopping the park jeep for first, "red chickens" AKA Temminck's Tragopan, feeding on the roadside, and then for "white chickens" AKA Lady Amherst's Pheasant, also using the road for a conspicuous feeding place. Days, and birds, rarely get better than this.

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