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Poyanghu and Wuyuan Birdwatching Tour

Poyanghu and Wuyuan Birdwatching Tour

Duration:6 days
Destination:Nanchang--Wuyuan--Wucheng--Poyanghu Lake--Nanchang
Birds possible
Best season:November-March
 

 6 Days Poyanghu and Wuyuan Birdwatching Tour

Day 1:  Nanchang,Wuyuan

 Arrive in Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi province, meet with your bird watching guide and driver ,then drive towards Wuyuan(3.5 hours), a picturesque small town in the northeast of the province,with a forest coverage of 80% of the total area and without many polluted industries , Wuyuan is the optimal inhabitants of many kinds of birds, there are approximately 370 bird species, this small remote county is known as one of the best birding destination in southeastern China. Night in Wuyuan.

 Day 2: Wuyuan Bird watching

 Full day long bird watching around Wuyuan. you will have an early get-up at 5:30 while it is still dark, then drive 40 minutes (day time already at 6:20)to the first birding spot,which named Zhong Ping Village, is used to be a forestry farm with abundant seeds trees. You will spend the whole morning near this area. the target birds here including Grey-chinned Minivet, Black and Chestnut Bulbuls, Chinese Bulbuls, Collared Finchbill, Hwamei, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler, Black-throated Tit, Japanese White-eye, Fork-tailed Sunbird and Tristram's Bunting. then Cabot's Tragopan and Elliot's Pheasant occasionally( not a reliable area for pheasant though) Then drive to Taibai town for lunch. In the afternoon, drive back and towards another village named Kengkou for Scaly-sided Mergansers. the habitat for mergansers is only 3 kilometers far away from the village along the Le' An river, this spot is proved a very reliable one for mergansers,we constantly see them in recent years since 2008,though the total number is not many( 22, in 2008; 20,in 2009; 19, in 2010; 20, in 2011; 17, in 2012).then drive 10 minutes to the 3rd. spot for more forest birts:Chinese Bamboo Partridge,Grey-capped Woodpecker, Common Kingfisher,Oriental Turtle Dove Long-tailed Shrike,Black-collared Starling,etc. Then drive back to hotel for dinner before 5:30( It is dark already at 5:30 PM.in winter Wuyuan),Night in Wuyuan.

 Day 3: Wuyuan Bird watching

 Continuing your Bird watching trip in Wuyuan. Today's target birds are Cabot's Tragopan, Elliot's Pheasant, mandarin duck, Little Egret, White-throated Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher,  Crested Kingfisher, Red-billed Blue Magpie,Yellow-rumped Flycatcher,White Wagtail,Pied Falconet,etc. The first destination is Zhongyun town(40 minutes from hotel), you will spend the whole morning for pheasants here, then driving to Xiaoqi village for Pied Falconet,after, drive to  Wuyuan Yellow-throated Laughingthrush Small Nature Reserve, this reserve is a 8 square kilometers small island in the middle of the Wu river, the island shaped like a moon, the local people vividly named it "Moon Bay ". the reserve was built up to protect the habitat of the very endangered yellow-throated Laughingthrushes, the world total number were found only 200 more existed in Wuyuan.(This mysterious birds appears in late March and disappears in late May in Wuyuan every year, March,April and May are the breeding season for them).You may miss the chance to see this bird in winter time, but still be lucky here for Kingfishers, woodpeckers, mandarin ducks, Little Egrets....    

 Day 4: Wuyuan, Wucheng,Poyang Hu(Lake)

 Today you will move to Wucheng town, which is a small remote island town in the west side of Poyang lake, where also the Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve locates, It takes 4.5 hours to reach there. In the afternoon, you will reach to Da Hu Chi reserve, Siberian Crane is undoubtedly the reserve's star attraction, over 95% of the world population (only 3000 more) of these splendid creatures winter here, as do even larger numbers of the equally majestic White-naped Crane and Hooded Crane,Oriental Storks. Besides, Large flocks of geese included Bean, Greater White-fronted and small numbers of Swan Geese. Large flocks of Eurasian Spoonbills and Bewick's Swans, Common Cranes and numbers of Spotted Redshanks. Night in the Reserve Guest House in Wucheng town(the local best).

 Day 5: Poyang Hu,Da Hu Chi, Bang hu, Sha hu, Da Cha Hu

(Hu means lake,there are 9 satellite lakes around the reserve) 

 Today you will change your ride to boat, take a small fishing boat and exploring to Dahu Chi Lake(west side),Banghu Lake, Shahu Lake, Dacha Hu lake for Siberian Cranes and Oriental Storks,Tundra and Whooper Swans,Black-faced and Eurasian Spoonbills, Hooded and White-naped Cranes, Swan,Tundra, Taiga, Greater and Lesser White-fronted Geese, the rare Baer's Pochard,Asian Yellow Rail, Pied Avocet, Spotted Redshank, Japanese Quail,Vinous-throated Parrotbill,etc. Our guide will take the picnic luch for you, and you will spand all day long around the National Nature Reserve, Night at Wucheng Guesthouse(the local best).

 Day 6: Departure from Nanchang Airport

 After a final morning in Poyang lake(Flexible itinerary for this morning depends on your flight/train), you'll return toNanchang and go back warm home.