Crested ibis, egrets, wagtails in China


Little egrets, 6 April 2018

After 5 April 2018 came 6 April. Still in Yangxian county, Shaanxi province, China. After our day at the golden pheasant hide, now river birds. Like the little egrets on this photo.

These egrets were at the Hanshui river close to Hanzhong city. Before arriving there, we saw crested ibis sculptures on city lamp posts.

Crested ibis, 6 April 2018

At the river, this living crested ibis arrived.

Crested ibis and frog, 6 April 2018

This ringed crested ibis caught a frog.

Crested ibis and frog, on 6 April 2018

It took the bird some time to eat the frog.

There were also smaller birds, like a snipe. And a plumbeous water redstart. A greenshank. A common sandpiper. A common kingfisher. A tree sparrow.

Yellow wagtail, 6 April 2018

And like this yellow wagtail.

Citrine wagtail, 6 April 2018

And this citrine wigtail. There was a white wagtail as well.

A male goshawk flying.

A bit further, a little ringed plover. And a wood sandpiper.

There will be more on birds in river areas in China. Stay tuned!

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Young black-tailed godwits video


This 18 May 2018 shows two young black-tailed godwits along a road near Nijkerk in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands. A third young bird, also present, is not on the video.

Kevin van den Hoven made this video.

White-crested laughingthrush video


This July 9th 2017 video is by Paul Dinning in Cornwall in Britain. It shows a white-crested laughingthrush. Probably in a zoo.

I saw a relative of this species, the white-browed laughingthrush, in China.

More beautiful birds in Yangxian county, China


Russet sparrows, 5 April 2018

As this blog said before, on 5 April 2018, we were at a hide in Yangxian county, Shaanxi province, China; to see golden pheasants. We did not just see golden pheasants, but other beautiful birds as well. Like russet sparrows, with which my earlier blog post ended. Here on the photo some more russet sparrows, both male and female.

Songbird, 5 April 2018

The songbird on this photo may look a bit like a blackcap, but isn’t. Blackcaps don’t live in China.

Oriental turtle dove, 5 April 2018

One of many oriental turtle doves near the golden pheasant hide.

Red-billed blue magpies, 5 April 2018

And a red-billed blue magpie came again. One? No, two of these beautiful birds.

Red-billed blue magpies, on 5 April 2018

Oriental turtle dove and pheasant, 5 April 2018

And yet another oriental turtle dove. With a male golden pheasant behind it.

Oriental turtle dove and pheasants, 5 April 2018

With two male golden pheasants.

Oriental turtle dove, on 5 April 2018

Maybe thin branches are easier if you are an oriental turtle dove. You don’t have to share them with pheasants.

White-browed laughingthrush, 5 April 2018

Finally, this white-browed laughingthrush.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on this blog about beautiful birds in Shaanxi, China!

Young starlings ringed in England


This video from England says about itself:

18 May 2018

Annual monitoring of starling nestboxes at RSPB Hope Farm shows territories have increased from 3 in 2000 to 16 in 2017. But how about this year? Our short video shows how our scientists monitor the chicks.

Wallasea Island Wild Coast in England


This video from England says about itself:

Starting in 2008, aided by an innovative partnership with Crossrail to reuse soil excavated from beneath London, the RSPB has been working to restore nearly 670 hectares of arable farmland to the wildlife-rich coastal wetland it once was. Now ten years on in 2018 the remaining 269 hectares is being restored thanks to support from three grant-making trusts: Viridor Credits, Enovert Community Trust, and Banister Charitable Trust. Upon completion this year, the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project will have transformed an area twice the size of the City of London into a coastal wetland nature reserve – making it the largest habitat restoration project of its kind in Northern Europe, and ensuring a new generation gets to experience our coastal heritage.