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MONGOLIA

Saturday 19th May - Wednesday 6th June 2018

JANOS OLAH

Black-billed Capercaillie was the star of the show of our 2018 Mongolia tour, owing to the late spring they were still in full display (János Oláh)

Black-billed Capercaillie was the star of the show of our 2018 Mongolia tour, owing to the late spring they were still in full display (János Oláh)

Mongolia is a very special country with amazing landscape, long and fascinating history and very special wildlife. There are several sought-after birds in Mongolia though participants often come along just as much for experiencing the atmosphere of this last wilderness of the World. The enormous, landlocked country of Mongolia is the 19th largest and the most sparsely populated fully sovereign country in the world. Its size is just over 1.5 million square kilometres but this is larger than the combined areas of Germany, France and Spain. Wedged between Russia and China with a Population of three million, however, makes life very different in every aspect. It is one of our classic eastern Palearctic destinations where Birdquest has been pioneering a lot of sites as we have been running tours to this remote part of the World since 1989. Camping is the only way to discover the real Mongolia and it is a great experience so I can only recommend it to every birder! This year we have had a twist in our ‘standard’ tour itinerary and it was a very successful one! We decided to start our tour in the Khentii Mountains and try to look for the once mythical Black-billed or Spotted Capercaillie. It took some work but finally it was a magical and unforgettable experience seeing the lekking males in a remote larch forest on a very cold dawn in the taiga! On our 19 days long and mostly off-road odyssey we wandered through the wide and wild steppes, deserts, semi-deserts, mountains, marshes and taiga of Genghis Khan and recorded a total of 224 bird and an outstanding 30 mammal species!

Marbled Polecat with a Mongolian Gerbil. Simply stunning! (János Oláh)

Marbled Polecat with a Mongolian Gerbil. Simply stunning! (János Oláh)