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SICHUAN (INCLUDING NORTHERN YUNNAN)

Saturday 9th May - Sunday 31st May 2015

Pete Morris

This superb Tawny Fish Owl ended up as our bird of the trip (Pete Morris)

This superb Tawny Fish Owl ended up as our bird of the trip (Pete Morris)

Our long run of tours to Sichuan continued with another highly successful visit to what is ‘the heart of China’. As with the previous visit, we tagged on a visit to Yunnan which added a number of additional localized species, and amongst the 350+ species recorded were a vast majority of the specialities on offer. Sichuan is famous for certain groups such as pheasants, parrotbills, Phylloscopus warblers and rosefinches and we scored heavily on these much desired families. Other special mentions should go to rarities such as Père David’s Owl, Streaked Barwing and Golden-fronted Fulvetta, all of which showed well, and we were also delighted to find the spectacular Przevalski’s Finch and even an unexpected Ibisbill! Old favourites such as Black-necked Crane, Chinese Grouse and Firethroat all performed well, and we were also fortunate to spend some quality time with a stunning pair of Tawny Fish Owls, our eventual bird of the trip. We also gazed at the wondrous scenery around Lijiang, Balangshan and the incredible Jiuzhaigou, enjoyed the wide-open space of the Tibetan Plateau and saw a number of interesting mammals including the impressive Tarkin, Chinese Serow, cheeky Yellow-throated Martens and even a Leopard Cat. All in all, it was a pretty amazing adventure!

The stunning Przevalski's Finch was another highlight (Pete Morris)

The stunning Przevalski's Finch was another highlight (Pete Morris)