SICHUAN, CHINA   -   APRIL/MAY 2006

33 bird photos + 1 scenery shot.

This was a fascinating trip, and surprisingly good for photography. We visited a variety of habitats, from subtropical forest in the lower latitudes to the still snow-covered Tibetan plateau in the north. I also enjoyed the whole experience of visiting China - seeing the culture, enjoying the great food, though I was certainly alarmed by the insane rate of growth and development. I had borrowed the company's SLR for this trip, but at the time we only had a heavy, unstabilized 300 mm f/2.8 lens. It grabbed lots of light but was very hard to hold steady even with a tripod. However, one of my all-time favorite shots came with that lens, the Golden Parrotbill which was published in HBW12. Surprisingly, the White-browed Tit, which is a rather mediocre, grainy, digiscoped shot, also was published in HBW12. It is a rare, local, and endemic species, and it's possible that, at the time, it was the best image in existance of that species.


Gray-faced Buzzard - Butastur indicus
Gray-faced Buzzard
Butastur indicus
(D3)


Black-necked Crane - Grus nigricollis
Black-necked Crane
Grus nigricollis
(D3)


Black-necked Crane - Grus nigricollis
Black-necked Crane
Grus nigricollis
(D3)


Speckled Wood-Pigeon - Columba hodgsonii
Speckled Wood-Pigeon
Columba hodgsonii
(D3)


Large Hawk-Cuckoo - Hierococcyx sparverioides Long-tailed Shrike - Lanius schach
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
Hierococcyx sparverioides
(D3)
Long-tailed Shrike
Lanius schach
(D3)


Songar Tit - Poecile songara
Willow (Songar) Tit
Poecile montanus affinis
(S3)


White-browed Tit - Poecile superciliosus
White-browed Tit
Poecile superciliosus
(S3)


Green-backed Tit - Parus monticolus
Green-backed Tit
Parus monticolus
(D3)


Ground Tit - Pseudopodoces humilis
Ground Tit
Pseudopodoces humilis
(D3)


Ground Tit - Pseudopodoces humilis
Ground Tit
Pseudopodoces humilis
Fledglings. (D3)


Black-throated Tit - Aegithalos concinnus Black Bulbul - Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Black-throated Tit
Aegithalos concinnus
(S3)
Black Bulbul
Hypsipetes leucocephalus
(D3)


Aberrant Bush-Warbler - Horornis flavolivaceus
Aberrant Bush-Warbler
Horornis flavolivaceus
(D3)


White-browed Tit-Warbler - Leptopoecile sophiae
White-browed Tit-Warbler
Leptopoecile sophiae
(S3)


Rufous-faced Warbler - Abroscopus albogularis
Rufous-faced Warbler
Abroscopus albogularis
(S3)


Fujian Niltava - Niltava davidi
Fujian Niltava
Niltava davidi
(D3)


White-throated Redstart - Phoenicurus schisticeps
White-throated Redstart
Phoenicurus schisticeps
Male. The white throat is not visible from this angle. (D3)


White-capped Redstart - Phoenicurus leucocephalus
White-capped Redstart
Phoenicurus leucocephalus
Male. (D3)


Plumbeous Redstart - Phoenicurus fuliginosus
Plumbeous Redstart
Phoenicurus fuliginosus
Male. (D3)


Plumbeous Redstart - Phoenicurus fuliginosus
Plumbeous Redstart
Phoenicurus fuliginosus
Female. (D3)


Grandala - Grandala coelicolor
Grandala
Grandala coelicolor
(D3)


Giant Laughingthrush - Ianthocincla maxima
Giant Laughingthrush
Ianthocincla maxima
(D3)


White-collared Yuhina - Yuhina diademata
White-collared Yuhina
Yuhina diademata
(D3)


Brown Parrotbill - Cholornis unicolor
Brown Parrotbill
Cholornis unicolor
(D3)


Golden Parrotbill - Suthora verreauxi
Golden Parrotbill
Suthora verreauxi
(D3)


Robin Accentor - Prunella rubeculoides
Robin Accentor
Prunella rubeculoides
(D3)


Rufous-breasted Accentor - Prunella strophiata
Rufous-breasted Accentor
Prunella strophiata
(D3)


Godlewski's Bunting - Emberiza godlewskii
Godlewski's Bunting
Emberiza godlewskii
(D3)


Dark-breasted Rosefinch - Carpodacus nipalensis
Dark-breasted Rosefinch
Carpodacus nipalensis
(D3)


Gray-headed Bullfinch - Pyrrhula erythaca
Gray-headed Bullfinch
Pyrrhula erythaca
Male. (D3)


Gray-headed Bullfinch - Pyrrhula erythaca
Gray-headed Bullfinch
Pyrrhula erythaca
Female. (D3)


Yellow-billed Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
Yellow-billed Grosbeak
Eophona migratoria
(S3)


Balan Shan scenery
Balan Shan mountains after an April snowstorm
This photo was not taken in black-and-white! This is really how it looked - one of the most amazing mountain vistas I have ever seen.
(P2)
















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