Mar 9, 2010

Some pictures from a recent trip tp Ruo Er Gai - Sichuan birds

During a chilly trip made to this area a week back we saw many interesting birds on the grasslands and marshes.
The first picture is Chinese Grey Shrike - these were quite common birds - several were seen perched up on telegraph wires.

Hume's Groundpecker - this bird was photographed in one of the quarries - excavating for food in a sandy cliff-face.

The weather might not have been exactly heralding spring - but Black Storks on passage indicated that migrants were on the move back north. Four of the these great birds were seen.

Tibetan Lark - one of the special birds of Ruo Er Gai - this bird was photographed close to the Flower lake site.

Eagle Owl - looking very magisterial, this epic predator was found holed up in a small quarry.