Excellent read Dev and although I recognize and share the tourist site spoil (I'm not a crowd-birder anyway, like to go alone), I must admit that you got quite a bit of interesting birds and nice shots. When it also includes a couple of lifers I think you should not complain. You got them in spite of many people around. I would be happy with such a result. Cheers!
Thanks Joe. I was happy for the bird list. However, my complain is about the tourism culture, over exploitation of natural resources that prevails here. I thought couple of times whether to go on this trip or not due to the cost. But that doesn't stop the daytrippers. China went through lot of revoultions, it desperately needs a "Tourism Revolution"
Come on - Ganesha bless you that your boss didn't know when you drafted this post. LOL
Boss was part of my trip ;-) mate.
Hanson, you should try sometime on the wild bird photography.
Thanks Mr. Shen!
These picture looks like way more beautiful than the logo within the framework!!!
Good One - Cheers, Birdman.
Wow, young birdman, I think you danced and flew with cranes.
Keep it GOING!!! - Young Birdman!!!
the red crowned crane - 3 in line - is like an action sequence.. supercool pic dev!!
"Braces" on the Pechor'as back...well-known field mark no doubt about to be "discovered" ;0)
Indeed MM, i had no doubts about that. Those braces were spot on.
Beautiful pictures and a really satisfying day!
Absolutely awesome Dev. More power to your elbow!
Thanks Kevin, one of the incredible fall season so far
Thanks Dev for a great day of birding - from dawn til dusk. I even managed to see the Reed Parrotbill the next day at the place you recommended.
Thank you Carsten. Glad you enjoyed it and got the Reed Parrotbill as well. It's a very sad story that another key endemic species pushed to the verge of extinction because of habitat destruction.
A nice report Dev. I had no idea Sandhill Cranes were now regular.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for stopping by, Mike. There is a single record in Shanghai also, hoping to see one in my patch. You had a hell of an year at the roundabout, Good luck for 2016.
So cool to go back to 'older' photos and realise you were right.
Here in Dubai we of course have the opposite problem, with Taiga being the vagrant.
Thank you Tommy. There were good no of 1st year birds have been sighted all along the east coast. Hoping to see the Red-breasted more common in the future.
Hi. Im Chandramauli from bangalore. I came across this blog when i was searching for birding spots in yercaud. The write up was elaborate and other logistics info made this as a complete handbook for preparing future birding travel. Im also intereated to join in ypur expedition in western ghats and explore birding. My best wishes to you and god bless.
Thanks for stopping by and glad to hear that you found the info helpful. Happy Birding in Yercaud!
Excellent Dev! How about a shout for Chestnut Tiger. That was way back on 7 Nov 2015 on XiaoYangshan island. As I recall, we saw four (?) of this large butterfly, two on either side of the pedestrian tunnel that leads to the temple. A little research revealed that they had most probably just arrived from Japan and after refueling would be heading off further south. That was certainly a seminal moment for me. I like your idea of inviting contributions of photos from other folk; the more the merrier.
Hi Kevin, Good call. I have got the permission from Dr. Cordes to use his photos and included it in the gallery. Few more will be included in the Hesperiidae section.
Wonderful! I don’t have words to express my feelings. How cute are the birds and butterflies! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks a lot for stopping by. In JK Rowlings words, they are fantastic beasts!
Hi Dev, I am at Trichirappalli and have not seen these exotic birds . I can image the thrill of seeing them through a lens. fantastic photos. Would like to know the lens and camera used by you.
Hello Latha, Thank you. Appreciate your interest in the optics. I use Canon 6d with 400f2.8 ISII.
Looks to be a cracking trip.
I found your checklist on eBird and I wondered if you would support World Shorebirds Day with your shorebird counting results from between 5-11 September 2018? Global Shorebird Counting is under way and our target is to get as may eBirders involved as possible. Please consider sharing your cheklist with the eBird account WorldShorebirdsDay.
Please find more information about the initiative here: https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/globalshorebirdcounting/
Thanks for your consideration. Best wishes, Gyorgy Szimuly
Thanks Gyorgy. Unfortunately, i'm tied up with work now. Would you be interested in the records from 1-2 September?
Sounds like it was a great trip
May I enquire how you found driving in the snow during this time of year and did you need chains to be able to access places off main highways. assuming main highways were kept free of snow and ice
Thank you. All the rental cars in Hokkaido during winter comes with Snow tires but no chains. We were not so adventurous to try off road but during the snow storm we did very well manage and it was my first time to drive in the snow covered roads.
Two pictures of Cetti's Warbler (the first and the 3rd) are in fact Common Nightingale
Thanks Marc. Infact, those were very confusing and i have kept going back and forth regarding the ID. The first one was very much skulking in the undergrowth and the third one was circling right above me. The problem was there were both Cetti's and Nightingale calling from the same bush and i didn't see the bird while singing. Although, i have labelled the 3rd one Nightingale, i captioned it wrong. Thanks for the confirmation, really appreciate it.
Hi Dev T,
Wonderful report. Great to see the spoonies in particular.
Can you get back to me over mail. I need a certain image from you.
Thanks for stopping by. I have dropped a note to your email. Cheers!
Hi, I have been experimenting with baijiu for the last three months or so. Its a bit too strong and pungent for my palate. I have found it really is great as a cocktail mixer some brands more so than others. Baijiublog.com has a good in-depth selection on cocktail recipes here https://www.baijiublog.com/baijiu-cocktails/#Baijiu-Cocktails-1
In my opinion it mixes better with citrus flavors but everyone has their own preferred taste. Enjoy!
Hi Mike, that's bit off topic but yeah i love the suggestions, after all at the end of a long day in the field, a hardcore baijiu or a casual baijiu cocktail will smooth it off.
Dev, just a note to thank you for the best detailed info I have obtained on Hokkaido! I was short on some information and your details have helped me enormously fill in some gaps I had. Good birding and shooting in future,
Dave Barnes Shropshire UK.
Glad that the information is useful for you. Have fun in Hokkaido.
I'm the redactor of the website www.ornithomedia.com, and we'd like to publish a French version of your trip report "Spice it up in ChongQing with Temminck’s Tragopan"? Would it be possible ? Naturally, we would credit the photos and add a link to your original report. And if possible, we would also like to present French versions of other pages of your beautiful blog.
Yes, you can publish the trip report.
Thanks for your ural owl sighting info. We followed it closely and managed to see one individual in the tree hole. The sighting really made our day.
Very glad to hear the owl is still there. It was indeed a biggest highlight of my trip as well. Cheers!
Came across this while browsing for birding in Yercaud. The pics and detailing are simply superb. Visual delight. thanks for sharing it in a blog with accurate details.
Thank you, Harish.Hope you enjoyed it.The whole purpose of the blog is to help independent birders to get to places and see the birds they want to see.
Great trip report - where is Hanasaki harbour? I don't see it on Google Maps - perhaps it has another name? Cheers Pash
Hi Pash, Apologies for the late reply. Not quite frequent on the birding front these days. You can find Hanasakiminato in the google maps or with this co-ordinates 43.2824602,145.566476
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