East China Birding Tour
Mr. Lamb comes from United State. He and his friend started to plan his East China Winter Birding Tour from the early of May. However, it's quite pity that Mr. Lamb's friend cannot do the trip with him as they planned. Right now just Mr. Lamb will do this tour. And he would like to invite whom are interested in the same itinerary to join him. He is a easygoing gentleman and welcome you join him. And he prefers the group size is 2-6 people.
What dose Mr. Lamb say:
China in Winter is the best time to find some of the most difficult and rarest birds in the world. Among these, the ones we would be looking for are: several Cranes, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, several scarce water birds, Pheasants, Cabot's Tragopan, Partridges, Baer's Pochard, Relict Gull and a host of others. If you want to read a good trip report on this see Rockjumper's Winter China Tour of last year. They are not doing one this year but I believe we can do very well with the experienced English speaking bird guide offered to us on this trip.
If you are interested in this schedule and would like to join him, or if you have any question, please feel free to contact us through [email protected]. We will reply you as soon as possible.
And before you confirm the booking, you could talk to Mr. Lamb through email. The schedule is as below. Mr. Lamb and China Birding Tour sincerely welcome you join in.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day 01__06.01.2015 Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai, your guide will meet you at the airport and transferred you to the hotel. If time permit, we will do some easy birding.
Day 02__07.01.2015 Shanghai to Yangcheng B, L, D
This morning we will drive to Yancheng. It's a large protected area comprising areas of farmland, reed-beds, lagoons and treelined embankments. The area is a winter home to significant numbers of Red-crowned Cranes. Besides Red-crowned Cranes, we could see large numbers of Commone Cranes, along with smaller numbers of Hooded Cranes and perhaps a Sandhill Crane.
Day 03__08.01.2015 Yancheng B, L, D
We will speng another day at Yancheng. There are large numbers of Bean Geese and ducks including Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal and Common Pochard. And we will search carefully for the critically endangered Baer's Pochard and may encounter Smew or Ferruginous Duck. In the reed-beds we have a good chance of seeing the impressive Reed Parrotbill, Chinese Penduline Tit and Eurasian Bittern. We should find good numbers of buntings in the Yancheng area with Pallas's Reed, Common Reed, Japanese Reed, Chestnut-eared, Elegant, Black-faced, Rustic and Little all possible. We expect to find flocks of Dusky and Naumann's Thrushes. If luck enough to encounter Pale Thrush.
Day 04__09.01.2015 Yancheng to Shanghai to Huangshan to Wuyuan B, L, D
This morning we will drive back to Shanghai for your flight to Huangshan. Upon arrival, we will head to Wuyuan directly
Day 05-06__10-11.01.2015 Wuyuan B, L, D
We will have two full days at Wuyuan. In these two days we may see interesting birds 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, Cabot's Tragopan and Elliot's Pheasant, Scaly-sided Mergansers, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Grey-capped Woodpecker, Grey-sided Scimitar-babbler, Oriental Turtle Dove, Long-tailed Shrike, Black-collared Starling, Mandarin duck, Pied Falconet, Yellow-throated Laughingthrushe, White-throated Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, White Wagtail and Pied Falconet etc.
Day 07__12.01.2015 Wuyun to Wucheng to Poyanghu B, L, D
Today we 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, Hooded Crane and Oriental Storks. Besides large flocks of geese including Bean, Greater White-fronted and small numbers of Swan Geese, there are large flocks of Eurasian Spoonbills and Bewick's Swans, Common Cranes and numbers of Spotted Redshanks.
Day 08-09__13-14.01.2015 Poyanghu B, L, D
We will spend 2 whold days to explore Poyanghu. 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, Baikal Teal, Asian Yellow Rail, Pied Avocet, Spotted Redshank, Japanese Swamp, Japanese Quail and Vinous-throated Parrotbill etc.
Day 10__15.01.2015 Poyanghu to Emei Feng B, L, D
Morning birding in Poyanghu, and then we will drive to Emei Feng where we will spend 3-nights.
Day 11__16.01.2015 Emei Feng B, L, D
Emei Feng moutain is home to a varitey of game birds. Cabot's Tragopan is the most notable one, we will have a good chance to find. We may see other pheasants including Silver and Koklass and if we are very luck we may see Chinese Bmboo Partridge, Elliott's Pheasant, White-necklaced Partridge and Rufous-faced Warbler.
Day 12__17.01.2015 Emei Feng to Fuzhou B, L, D
Morning birding at Emei Feng area. And then we will drive to Fuzhou where we will spend 3 nights.
Day 13__18.01.2015 Fuzhou B, L, D
Today we will visit Minjiang Estuary where our target species is the criticlly endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. A variety of other shorebirds occur Red-necked Stint, Terek Sandpiper and Greater Sandplover among the most interesting possiblities. Great numbers of gulls are present with Black-tailed, Mongolian and the rare Saunders' and Relict Gulls.
Day 14__19.01.2015 Fuzhou to Shanghai B, L, D
This morning we will explore Fuzhou Forest Reserve where the degraded forest provides opportunities to look for Silver Pheasant, Large Woodshrike, Scarlet Minivet, Fork-tailed Sunbird and Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker. We may lucky encounter Spotted Wren-babbler. And then you will take a flight back to Shanghai.
Day 15__20.01.2015 Departure B
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to your warm home.
1. 3* hotels in the cities or towns. While in the nature reserves, we will stay in guest house with basic hotel facilities. Two people share 1 twin room. Single supplement is USD320 per person.
2. English-speaking birding guide. An English-speaking birding guide is on a first-come, first-service basis. English-speaking birding guides may be not available while they are appointed to confirmed groups. While you confirm to book a tour, we will let you know whether an English-speaking birding guide is available.
3. Meals as listed in the itinerary.
4. Group transfer as described. All participants need arrive and depart at the same time.
5. Tour sites entrance fee.
6. Boat fee in Poyanghu.
7. Economy class flight tickets of from Shanghai to Huangshan and from Fuzhou to Shanghai. Taxes are included.
1. China visa.
2. Any other services we do not included.
Note: Any extra fees because of force majeure, clients need pay by themselves.