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Birds in China

CHANGING CURRENTS
20 YEARS of REFLECTIONS
CYCLING to XANADU
THE CHINESE DREAM
CHINESE NEW YEAR ADS
The MEDIUM, the MESSAGE and the SAUSAGE DOG
ANYONE FOR TENNIS?
VIEWS FROM ABOARD THE CHINA EXPRESS:
1 Zola and Retail Marketing
2 Playing the Waiting Game
3 Beware the Ides of March
4 The county not on a map
5 Chinese Chess in Beijing
6 Build it and They'll Come
7 Riding the Water Dragon
8 The Best of Both Worlds
9 Storming the Great Wall
10 Welcome to the Wangba
11 The Catcher in the Rice
12 The Marriage Business
13 The Crouching Dragon
14 Counting the Numbers
15 A Century of Migration
16 Shooting for the Stars
17 Rise of Yorkshire Puds
18 Harry Potter in Beijing
19 Standing Out in China
20 Self-pandactualisation
21 Strolling on the Moon
22 Tea with the Brothers
23 Animated Guangzhou
24 Trouble on the Farms
25 Christmas in Haerbin
26 Dave pops into Tesco
27 A Breath of Fresh Air
28 The Boys from Brazil
29 Rolls-Royce on a roll
30 The Great Exhibition
31 Spreading the Word
32 On Top of the World
33 Moonlight Madness
34 Beijing's Wild West
35 Avatar vs Confucius
36 Brand Ambassadors
37 Inspiring Adventure
38 China's Sweet Spot
39 Spinning the Wheel
40 Winter Wonderland
41 The End of the Sky
42 Ticket to Ride High
43 Turning the Corner
44 Trouble in Toytown
45 Watch with Mother
46 Red-crowned Alert
47 In a Barbie World
48 Domestic Arrivals
49 Tale of Two Taxis
50 Land of Extremes
51 Of 'Mice' and Men
52 Tour of the South
53 Brooding Clouds?
54 The Nabang Test
55 Guanxi Building
56 Apple Blossoms
57 New Romantics
58 The Rose Seller
59 Rural Shanghai
60 Forbidden Fruit
61 Exotic Flavours
62 Picking up Pace
63 New Year, 2008
64 Shedding Tiers
65 Olympic Prince
66 London Calling
67 A Soulful Song
68 Paradise Lost?
69 Brandopolises
70 Red, red wine
71 Finding Nemo
72 Rogue Dealer
73 Juicy Carrots
74 Bad Air Days
75 Golden Week
76 Master Class
77 Noodle Wars
78 Yes We Can!
79 Mr Blue Sky
80 Keep Riding
81 Wise Words
82 Hair Today
83 Easy Rider
84 Aftershock
85 Bread vans
86 Pick a card
87 The 60th
88 Ox Tales
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BIRDS IN CHINA - PHOTOS
BIRDING in CHINA
PORTS of CALL
FROM BEYOND THE WALL
ABOUT & CONTACT

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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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