Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Winter habitat of Black-necked Crane

In the beginning of December 2009 I was with Meggie and Sid on a birding trip to the North of Yunnan Province. Our aim was a high altitude wetland where a big part of the Black-necked Crane population is spending winter.

On the way off Chengdu we found this pair of Common Kingfishers, obviously having a quarrel...

Our first stop was at Mt. Laojun Shan near Yibin. This mountain still offers a cap of natural forest on its top and thus is one of the last places for the seriously endangered Sichuan Hill Partridge. Unfortunately we haven't had the luck to spot it :-(

Here is a picture of another nice bird: Grey-hooded Fulvetta

After one more day driving we arrived at the wetlands in Zhaotong District and were rewarded with some great flying performance of cranes:

Sunset over Zhaotong City