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White Wagtail ssp baicalensis, Wenyu, Chaoyang, Beijing, 9th April 2015

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White Wagtail ssp baicalensis, Wenyu, Chaoyang, Beijing, 9th April 2015

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White Wagtail ssp baicalensis, Wenyu, Chaoyang, Beijing, 9th April 2015

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White Wagtail ssp baicalensis, Wenyu, Chaoyang, Beijing, 9th April 2015

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11th February 2015, Wenyu, Beijing. First time I've seen Daurian Redstart in Beijing in Feb.

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Snow was falling. 

It had taken me the entire morning to climb up from Hongchun Monastery, where I had spent the night. 

I was tired and cold (at least the earlier noodles at Xianfeng Monastery had got me this far). 

I stopped in my tracks. 

A sound, coming from deep inside the thicket of bamboo that abuts the steps on this part of the long climb up Emei Mountain, 

made me get my camera ready for action.

Then I saw something - pehaps a bird, perhaps an animal - move.  

The shape reminded me of something I had seen before - two years ago on the adjacent Sichuan mountain of Wawu Shan. 

Could it really be a tragopan - this close?

I was alone on the mountain (or so I had thought), and was prepared to wait as long as I needed to, to find out. 

These things can't be rushed.

Then, perhaps 100 yards in front of me, I saw two men carrying supplies for the monastery on their backs, descending the steps. 

In perhaps a minute they would be down to where I was and would undoubtedly scare whatever it was away.

Just as I was cursing my luck (after all, they were the first people I'd seen coming down the mountain that morning),

the subject of my interest emerged from the bamboo.

And what an amazing sight it was. 

The most glorious bird in all of China - as far as I am concerend - was there not more than 10 yards in front of me. 

A resplendant male Temminck's Tragopan no less.  One of the world's most beautiful pheasants.

This amazing creature walked quickly across the snow-covered steps as I fired off 8 shots (at 4 frames a second).   

Then it was gone, disappearing into the bamboo thicket on the other side of the steps.

My favourite photos of some of the other 905 species I've seen in China appear below

 

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23 to 26 January (74 species; 103 in 2013)
Yancheng 23 and 24 & Nanjing (Purple Mountain) Jiangsu 25 and 26

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A few photos from the Lhasa area, Tibet

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Balang Shan, Sichuan, 2nd and 3rd June 2013

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Wenyu River, Chaoyang, Beijing, May 2013

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Wenyu River, Chaoyang, Beijing, 21st April

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Hanshiqiao, Shunyi, Beijing, 20th April

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"Wenyu River", Chaoyang, Beijing, 17th April

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Qilihai and Beidaihe, Hebei, 5th April 2013

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"Wenyu River", Chaoyang, Beijing, 21st March

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Beijing, 18th March 2013

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Wenyu River, Beijing, 16th March 2013

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Miyun Reservoir, Beijing, 13th March 2013

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Güldenstädt's Redstart,
Phoenicurus erythrogastrus grandis
3rd March 2013; Lingshan, Beijing

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Tundra Swan
27th February 2013; Beijing

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The sub-species is probably bewickii (other side of bill shows significantly more yellow)

Western Yunnan
5th to the 15th February 2013

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Hoopoe
Near Wenyu River, Chaoyang, Beijing; 13th January 2013

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Oriental Greenfinch
My garden, Chaoyang, Beijing; 13th December 2012

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Bewick's (left) and "Whistling" Swans
Wenyu River, Tongzhou, Beijing; 9th December 2012

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Bohemian Waxwing
Chaoyang, Beijing; 7th December 2012

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Bewick's (left) and "Whistling" Swans
Wenyu River, Tongzhou, Beijing; 3rd December 2012

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Japanese Waxwing
Botanical Gardens, Beijing; 19th November 2012

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Japanese Waxwing
Botanical Gardens, Beijing; 19th November 2012

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Grey-tailed Tattler
Wenyu River, Chaoyang, Beijing; 12th September 2012

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A rare bird in Beijing, perhaps even the first record here...?

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Temminck's Tragopan 
Emei Shan, Sichuan; 31st December 2009

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