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Rhododendrongimpel (Propyrrhula subhimachala) des Himalaya im Winterquartier

RhododendrongimpelEin Besuch Chinas fällt nicht auf Anhieb in die Rubrik „seltene Arten der Paläarktis besichtigen“. Was vielleicht nicht bekannt ist: auch Irrgäste der Paläarktis haben ihr reguläres Winterquartier; und das befindet sich durchaus auch in China. Ein guter Ort, um bei uns seltene Arten näher und häufiger zu beobachten, ist die Provinz Yunnan. Die Xishan-Berge bei Kunming sind ein gut erreichbares und immer wieder sehr produktives Gebiet. Nachdem ich schon seit dem Morgengrauen noch vor den ersten Touristenströmen auf dem teils bewaldeten, teils felsigen Plateau unterwegs war und schon einen Blauschwanz (Tarsiger cyanurus) und einige Goldhähnchen-Laubsänger (Phylloscopus proregulus) gesehen hatte, wollte ich über den sogenannten „kleinen steinernen Wald“ laufen, um zu einem der an den Berg gestellten Tempel zu gelangen. Ein kleiner Trupp – wie ich meinte – Stieglitze fand mein Interesse. Wie sich herausstellte, waren die Vögel, ich hier am 11. Januar 2008 beobachten und fotografieren konnte, 3 weibchenfarbene Rhododendrongimpel. Alle waren damit beschäftigt sich an zu efeuähnlichen Früchten zu laben. Mit der orange-gelben Stirn und Brust sind sie eigentlich unverkennbar. Ich muß aber zugeben, dass ich diese kräftigen Finken so nicht auf der „Rechnung“ hatte.

Als ich jetzt im Winter Hakengimpel (Pinicola enucleator) an einem Vogelhäuschen mitten in Lapland erlebte, kam mir die o.a. Beobachtung dieser Art, die ich nur einmal bei dem Winteraufenthalt in der Nähe von Kunming gesehen hatte, in den Sinn. Wie der Hakengimpel ist der Rhododendrongimpel eher scheu und Continue reading Rhododendrongimpel (Propyrrhula subhimachala) des Himalaya im Winterquartier

Siberian specialities on Bird-Lens

On the eastern edge of the western palearctic are living bird families closely related to the species you find on a regular basis in the western palearctic too. Sometimes these birds cross or touch the borders of the western palearctic only. Sometimes they occur during an influx as vagrants touching down often to islands of the western palearctic. Like the Nearctic species these birds are put on the wall especially in fall. Thus for the keen birdwatcher of western palearctic birds these species are highly though-after mega birds. To see birds like Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Tarsiger cyanurus, Siberian Stonechat, Saxicola maurus, Grey-backed Thrush, Turdus hortulorum, Naumann’s Thrush, Turdus naumanni naumanni, Dusky Thrush, Turdus naumanni eunomus, Black-throated Thrush, Turdus ruficollis atrogularis, Red-throated Thrush, Turdus ruficollis ruficollis and Scaly Thrush, Zoothera dauma, it is advisable to go for locations on the eastern flyways like e.g. Happy Island on China´s yellow sea coast.
To cope with the growing demand for top shots of the rarer birds of the western palearctic from science & public customers Bird-Lens is proud to present a wide range of pictures shot mainly in China. Are you interested?

A first impression you will find in the gallery here. An update of the image stock in the “Pictures Shop” is already uploaded. There you will find more than 220 pictures of various bird species often in different plumages. Just give me a message, if Bird-lens could serve you with additional requests.
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Cranes on Happy Island, Chinas´s Helgoland, Part I

China’s Helgoland? Is there such a thing? Well, it depends on what you consider to be the specific characteristic of the “Shijiu Tuo Island” or “Bodhi Island” (in English simply “Happy Island”) mentioned island.

Shijiu Tuo Island or simple Happy Island, about 3 hours drive from the seaside resort of Beidaihe located on the Yellow Sea to the east, is at first appearance rather like one of the Northern Sea islands as Texel, Norderney or even Wangerooge. This applies both to the topography as well as the distance from the mainland. Happy Island is not an off-shore island. Therefore it only takes a small boat to bring passengers to the island – in about the same time what it takes to ship from Harlinger Siel to Wangerooge.

Beidaihe is located east of Beijing – about 300 km from the international airport.

The resort has been in the international media at the beginning of August 2012, as this year the Chinese leadership resided in this seaside town to a multi-week retreat to prepare for the upcoming change in power. Previously, the communist party retreats were held regularly in the summer in the nice place. Large parts of the state bureaucracy were carted in the hot months to Beidaihe with its convenient seaside climate. Security is of course very strict at that time but in October / November – the best time for bird migration observation – the resort is very quiet and not crowded. Perfect conditions to go for the beach or in the park adjacent to the Lotus Hills – the Lian Feng Mountain Park – to look after local and migrating birds. So far so good. But now more to Happy Island.

Happy Island at the widest point is only 1.5 kilometers wide and 3.5 kilometers long. Albeit this island offers an impressive diversity of habitats – as does Helgoland. There are grasslands, sandy beaches, small ponds, dense coastal scrub, sand dunes, shrimp ponds and – in the middle a collection of trees that could be almost called a small wood. The wood is picturesquely located right around a Buddhist temple.

The surrounding sea impresses the observer with wide mud flats at low tide. This is an excellent food area for migratory and native birds – such as our North Sea islands. Here waders as Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus), Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Mongolian Plover (Charadrius mongolus), Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii), Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis), Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) and Dunlin (Calidris alpina) can be seen. Rarities are Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) and finally Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis). One of the highlights is Nordmann’s Greenshank (Tringa guttifer), who is the almost annually observed. Unfortunately I draw a blank on that bird as I missed the Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), who is also a scarce passing migrant. A special feature is the observation opportunities for the otherwise very rare Saunders’s Gull (Larus saundersi) and Relict Gull (Larus relictus). Both could be photographed beautifully. So far, the impressive number of 408 species has been proven for the island, of which only 29 are valid as breeding species and 379 as migratory.

The Fall – from September to mid-November – is a very favorable season for bird watching Continue reading Cranes on Happy Island, Chinas´s Helgoland, Part I