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ULTIMATE TIBET & XINJIANG

Sunday 12th June - Sunday 3rd July 2016

Hannu Jännes

Tibetan Bunting (Hannu Jännes).

Tibetan Bunting (Hannu Jännes).

The Ultimate Tibet & Xinjiang tour to Qinghai, Xizang, and the much less visited Xinjiang Provinces, proved extremely successful, producing a fantastic range of Tibetan Plateau specialities, including every plateau endemic apart from Sillem’s Mountain Finch, which is currently more or less inaccessible. They included the much sought after Lord Derby's Parakeet as well as Tibetan Eared Pheasant, Szechenyi’s Monal Partridge (or Buff-throated Partridge), Giant and Tibetan (or Kozlov’s) Babaxes, Brown-cheeked (or Prince Henri’s) Laughingthrush, Ground Tit (or Groundpecker), Tibetan (or Kozlov’s) Bunting, Tibetan (or Roborovski’s) Rosefinch and the strange Przevalski’s (or Pink-tailed) Finch, the sole member of its family. In addition, our brief visit to the deserts of Xinjiang yielded four important dry country birds with Biddulph’s Ground Jay, White-winged Woodpecker, Tarim Babbler and Saxaul Sparrow. Add to these a number of highly sought after, but more widespread, species, like Blue and White Eared Pheasants, Tibetan Snowcock, Przevalski's, Daurian and Tibetan Partridges, Ibisbill, Tibetan and Pallas's Sandgrouse, the handsome Mongolian and gigantic Tibetan (Long-billed) Lark, Siberian and White-tailed Rubythroats, the very range restricted Przevalski's (or Ala Shan) Redstart and seven other Phoenicurus redstarts, Wallcreeper, Chinese and Przevalski's Nuthatches, Henderson's Ground Jay, six species of snowfinch and ten species of rosefinch and you are a long way to understanding why tours to 'the Roof of the World' are so popular!

White-winged Grosbeak (Hannu Jännes).

White-winged Grosbeak (Hannu Jännes).