China Highlight Bird Photo Tour
In this tour we'll have the best chance to collect the most beautiful species and a lot of endemics of China, All the bird photos listed below are the birds you're very likely to photographed in this trip. We have hides for most of the pheasants mentioned below, so very good possibility in 5-20 meters (only the Chinese Monal don't have hide, we saw it frequently in the usual place but need some luck to have it closer. ).
Best seasons: from Nov to April (in best color).
Day 1, Your arrival in Chengdu airport, then drive to Wolong(3hrs)for overnight.
Day2-4, Full days birding in Balangshan and Wolong area.
The prime endemic birds you may see here are:
Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Chinese Monal. Grandalas, Wood Snipe, White Eared Pheasant, Firethroat, Chestnut-headed Tesias, Koklass Pheasants, Temminck's Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrushes, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Spectacled Parrotbill, Barred Laughingthrush, White-browed and Crested Tit Wabler, Slaty Bunting, Black-browed and White-browedTit,.
Other birds such as:
Alpine Accentors, Lammergeier, Red-breasted Rosefinches, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Plain and Brandt's Mountain Finches, Plumbeous Redstarts, River Chat (or White-capped Redstart), Spotted Bush Warbler,Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Rufous-bellied Niltava, the splendidly, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed and Alpine Choughs, Dark-breast, Pink-rumped, Vinaceous, White-browed, Chinese Beautiful, Spot-winged, Red fronted and Streaked Rosefinches, Common Buzzard, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, White-browed Fulvetta, the Yellow-browed and Fire-capped Tits, Grey-crested Tit, Common (or Ring-necked) Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, White-throated Needle-tail, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Asian House Martin, Olive-backed and Rosy Pipits, White-throated Dipper, White-tailed Rubythroat, Indian Blue Robin, White-browed Bush Robin, Blue-fronted, Daurian Redstart, little Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler.
Day5, After morning birding,Drive to Yangxian county (6hrs).
Day 6-7, Bird photographing in Yangxian Reserve.
Possible birds here:
Day8, After morning birding, drive back to Chengdu(8hrs) for overnight.
Day 9 Fly from Chengdu to Tengchong airport. Transfer to Yinjiang town (2 hrs)
Day 10-11, Tongbiguan reserve bird photography by using hide and in the wild as well, overnight in Yingjiang town
The possible bird here are:
Grey Peacock Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Jerdon's Baza, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Oriental Hobby, River, Red-wattled, and Grey-headed Lapwing, Green Bee-eater, Blue-throated and Blue-eared Barbet, White-browed Piculet, Greater and lesser Yellownape, Long-tailed and Silver-breasted Broadbill, Blyth's and Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Grey-eyed Bulbul, Grey-bellied Tesia, Golden Babbler, White-hooded Babbler, Greater and Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Chinese Blue Flycatcher, Sapphire Flycatcher, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Golden-fronted and Blue-winged Leafbird, Ibisbill, Red-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Streaked Wren Babbler, Spot-winged Starling, Collared Myna, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Black-backed Forktail, etc.
Day 12, After morning birding, driving to Baihualing (5hrs) for overnight,
Day 13-14, Whole days bird photographying in the hide in Gaoligongshan Reserve.
The Possible birds here are:
Rufous-throated Partridge , Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Red Headed Trogon, Brown Wood Owl, Scarlet Finch, Black Eagle, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Hodgson's Frogmouth, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Lesser Coucal, Long-tailed Broadbill, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Spotted, Grey-sided, Blue-winged, Black-throated, Striated, Scaly and Red-tailed Laughingthrushes, Red-faced Liocichla, Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Streak-breasted, Spot-breasted, Coral-billed and Slender-billed Scimitar Babblers, Grey-bellied Wren Babbler, Black-headed and White-browed Shrike Babbler, Golden-breasted, Rufous-Winged, White-browed, Rusty-capped, Grey-Cheeked and Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Long-tailed, Black-headed and Beautiful Sibia, Great Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Lineated Barbet, Green-eared Barbet, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Maroon Oriole, Yellow-bellied Fantail, White-throated Fantail, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Striated Bulbul, Flavescent Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Streak-throated Barwing, Spectacled Barwing, Streaked Barwing, Blue-winged Minla, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Red-tailed Minla, Whiskered and Stripe-throated Yuhina, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Hill Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Vivid Niltava, Large Niltava, Grey-headed Canary-flaycatcher, Plain Flowerpecker and Fire-breasted Flowpecker, Streaked Spiderhunter,
Day 15, After morning birding in Gaoligongshan, drive to Baoshan(3hrs) for your departure, tour ended.
OR join the extension in eastern China. Take the flight to Nanchang. then transfer to Wuyuan for overnight.
Day 1 arrive in Nanchang , drive to Wuyuan (3.5 hours drive), then go for silver pheasant in the afternoon.
Day 2 early in the morning, go for silver pheasant again, the same spot, wait there untill late afternoon, come back to stay in Wuyuan.
Day 3 Wuyuan, shooting Pied foconet and Bule-crowned laughingthrush(only in summer from late Apri-ealry July), scaly-sided merganser(only in winter-from Nov-early March).
Day 4, Wuyuan to Dongzhai in Henan province.( all day long transfering), either drive for 10 hours or take the high speed train transfer from Nanchang.
Day 5. All day long film for Reeve's pheasant.
Day 6. last morning for reev'e s pheasant, then drive to Wuhan airport(2.5 hours) for departure
Day 1, Fly from Chengdu to Kangding in the morning, then wait for the Lady Armehest's pheasant in the hide in the afternoon.
Day 2-3, 2 Whole days in the hide for the Lady Armehest's pheasant, but it can be flexible, usually the pheasants come to the hide a few times everyday between 9am-6pm, as close to 20 meters. If you got good enough photos in the first day, we can then use the second day to Pamuling for the Blood Pheasant and Buff-throated Partridge.
Day 4, Fly back to Chengdu. Overnight or departure
All meals, breakfasts, lunches and dinners;
Bottled drinking water throughout;
All accommodation on a sharing basis, 2 birder share 1 twin or double room; Please be noted that some of those place only have very basic hotels or guest houses, but we'll use the best available in each place.
All entrance fees required by the itinerary;
Ground transportation in a suitable vehicle. We will arrange 17 seats Van for 4-6 people's group,
An experienced English Speaking bird guide
Domestic flight mentioned
All tax and basic insurance required by the law
And any cost not mentioned above.