Tibetan snowcock, vultures, eagles, prayer flags in China


Tibetan snowcock, 8 April 2018

After what we saw earlier that day, still 8 April 2018 in the mountains above Wolong in Sichuan, China. We saw a Tibetan snowcock. First flying, then it landed, as the photo shows.

Tibetan snowcock on snow, 8 April 2018

The snowcock walked towards a snowy patch.

Prayer flags, 8 April 2018

We saw some of many Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags of Balang mountain (Balangla in Tibetan).

A bit further, two golden eagles flying.

Bearded vulture, 8 April 2018

Then, a bearded vulture flying with a bone in its bill. It dropped the bone on a slope to crush it and to be able to eat the marrow. Probably it was a young vulture which still had to learn, as the bone fell on a patch where plants grew, not on hard rock which is better at breaking dropped bones.

Prayer flags and snow, 8 April 2018

We arrived at a mountain pass where we could again see many prayer flags and much snow.

Snow and valleys, 8 April 2018

There was a beautiful view of mountains and valleys.

Himalayan vulture, 8 April 2018

A Himalayan vulture flew overhead.

Himalayan vulture, on 8 April 2018

Prayer flags, on 8 April 2018

Time to say goodbye to the prayer flags and to the snow.

Prayer flags and snow, on 8 April 2018

8 April 2018 was our last day of seeing birds in China. In the late afternoon and evening we went back to Chengdu. On 9 April from Chengdu airport our plane took us out of China.

So, no more blog posts on the birds of this April 2018 in China. But there will be many more wildlife blog posts on this blog!

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Yaks, rosefinches, snow and blue sheep in China


After 7 April 2018 came 8 April 2018. We were in the Wolong Balangshan mountains in China. This is a BBC video about Temminck’s tragopan. A bird species which we might have seen there, but did not see.

This video is about another animal species which we might have seen, but didn’t.

The video says about itself:

6 November 2017

The Wolong National Nature Reserve in southwest China’s Sichuan Province spotted 26 snow leopards.

Yaks, 8 April 2018

We did see these yaks when we came above 3,000 meter.

Snow, 8 April 2018

The higher we went, the more snow we saw.

Snowy mountains, 8 April 2018

Not only on the mountain tops further away …

Snow, on 8 April 2018

… but also close to us.

Then, on a slope above us, a beautiful male Chinese monal.

A raven.

Dark-breasted rosefinch

A bit further, in the snow, this male dark-breasted rosefinch.

Yellow-billed choughs flying.

Plain mountain finch, 8 april 2018

We saw this plain mountain-finch.

Alpine accentor, 8 April 2018

A bit further, this Alpine accentor.

Blue sheep, 8 April 2018

And then, above us, this blue sheep. Snow leopards eat blue sheep. So, though we did not see snow leopards, we did see wildlife living in their biotope.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on the birds of the mountains above Wolong!

Redstarts, other birds in Wolong, China


This 2008 video says about itself:

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Watch as tiny panda cubs are born and follow their progress. Each birth is vital to the survival of the species and often hits the headlines around the globe. Thanks to the pioneering research of their scientists, the Wolong Centre has brought 16 cubs into the world over the past year.

But what will the future hold for these unique and lovable black and white bears?

Very soon after this video was recorded, there was the catastrophic May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake; which hit the Wolong Panda Reserve and its surroundings particularly hard.

This video says about itself:

Wolong Earthquake Video from Pandas International

A brief but touching documentary of the damage done to the Wolong Reserve in China after the devastating earthquake of May 2008.

The panda reserve had to move to Gengda, 23 kilometers away.

This January 2013 video is called Crew travels up the long, bumpy road from Chengdu to Wolong.

Though there has been reconstruction at Wolong village, there are still ruins from the 2008 earthquake.

This is a 2007 video about the bridge at Wolong village. The bridge and the river are still there.

After arriving in Wolong from our journey from Chengdu on 7 April 2018, we walked to the bridge at 17:25.

There were rosy pipits there.

This is a 2012 video about a rosy pipit (at one point disturbed by a yellow wagtail).

Then, we saw a blue-fronted redstart.

This is a 2016 blue-fronted redstart video from Thailand.

A rufous-breasted accentor in Wolong.

This is a 2014 rufous-breasted accentor video.

This video shows a Daurian redstart male.

We saw a Daurian redstart in Wolong too.

And its relative, a white-capped water redstart.

This is a 2015 white-capped water redstart video from Thailand.

More Wolong birds; a brown-breasted bulbul.

This is a 2013 brown-breasted bulbul video from Thailand.

We walked along the pond, which used to be part of the panda sanctuary before the 2008 earthquake. Now, there are many pondskaters.

Stay tuned, as there will be more: on the mountains above Wolong and their wildlife!

People and flowers in Sichuan, China


This 2015 video is called Exploring China: Bullet Train from Chengdu (成都) to Dujiangyan (都江堰) Cities 150MPH.

After 6 April 2018 in China came 7 April.

That day we went from Yangxian to Wolong. Wolong is in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province in China. Roughly 57% of people living in that region are Tibetan. 20% Han Chinese, and 20% Qiang, a nationality with mostly a polytheist religion.

First, by bullet train to Chengdu. Then, from Chengdu to Wolong by bus.

Flowers and people, 7 April 2018

We stopped in Dujiangyan city. There was a flower exhibit in front of a shopping centre there.

Flowers and ladies, 7 April 2018

Many people stopped to watch the flowers.

Flowers and photographer, 7 April 2018

We were not the only ones photographing the flowers and people.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on 7 April 2018 in China!

Many black-winged stilts in China


Black-winged stilts, 6 April 2018

Still 6 April 2018 in Shaanxi, China. After we had seen the ibisbills and mandarin ducks, we continued along the river. There, we saw this beautiful group of at least forty black-winged stilts. Both adults and juveniles; both males and females.

Black-winged stilts river, 6 April 2018

They were there probably to spend the night, as the evening dusk was approaching fast; as this photo shows.

Ibisbill and mandarin ducks in China


This 2010 video says about itself:

Ibisbill – Ibidorhyncha struthersii

Ibisbill, Bai He River, China. Digiscoping video using a Swarovski ATS65HD, DCA, 20×60 Zoom with a Nikon Coolpix P5100.

Still 6 April 2018 in Shaanxi province in China. After the birds we saw in the morning, in the afternoon we went in search of this rare species, the ibisbill.

We looked at a river bank, where the ibisbill may live. We did not see it, though we did see sixteen black-winged stilts.

Ibisbill, 6 April 2018

At 16:35, we did see two ibisbills at the opposite bank.

Ibisbill, on 6 April 2018

On this photo, a grey wagtail to the right of the ibisbill.

Ibisbill in water, 6 April 2018

They were feeding and cleaning their feathers.

Ibisbill and common sandpiper, 6 April 2018

A common sandpiper kept an ibisbill company.

Mandarin duck, 6 April 2018

We saw five mandarin ducks as well, both males and females. This male was on the opposite river bank.

Mandarin duck swims, 6 April 2018

A male mandarin duck swimming.

Stay tuned, there will be more on birds in China!

Daurian redstart, Darjeeling woodpecker in China


Daurian redstart, 6 April 2018

Like in my earlier blog post, still in the Han Shui river region in Shaanxi province in China. As we walked around a village, we saw this Daurian redstart.

Darjeeling woodpecker, 6 April 2018

A bit further, this Darjeeling woodpecker on a tree.

Black-throated tits

Still further, these two black-throated tits.

Wisteria, 6 April 2018

We continued, to a valley, where there was a common pheasant and these Wisteria flowers.

Crested ibis on taxi, 6 April 2018

We arrived back in Hanzhong city. On a taxi there, this crested ibis picture.

Stay tuned; there will be more on birds in China!