CHINA – POYANG LAKE 2013
Birdfinders have been in southeastern China preparing an exciting new winter tour. Flying into Beijing, we will spend a couple of nights in the capital whilst we explore nearby mountains for Siberian Accentors and Pallas’s Rosefinches. Neither of these species can reliably be seen on any other bird tour. We will then take an internal flight down to Yancheng where we will visit a nearby nature reserve where the highlights will include the rare Red-crowned Crane and the highly-localised Reed Parrotbill. Our next destination will be the world-famous Poyang Lake, not actually a single lake but a huge mosaic of marshes and smaller lakes where virtually the entire world population of Siberian Cranes and Oriental Storks spend the winter together with vast numbers of other wildfowl including Baikal Teal. Next we will head south to a wintering site for Scaly-sided Merganser (Long-billed Plovers winter on the same river) whilst nearby Pied Falconets can be watched at point-blank range from the top of a small hotel and the highly localised Yellow-throated Laughingthrush, Short-tailed Parrotbill and the endemic Grey-sided Scimitar-babbler can be found. Next, we will transfer to the beautiful Emei Feng Mountain where Elliott’s, Koklas and Silver Pheasants can be found together with a chance of the rare Cabot’s Tragopan. Finally, we will move to the coast to look for the critically-endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper which still winter here in small numbers together with Black-faced Spoonbills. Nearby, the beautiful Fuzhou Forest Park gives us a chance for a number of other species including White-necklaced Partridge and wintering Japanese Robins. Watch out for this tour to appear on our website!