Beijing and Beidaihe August 25 - September 18, 2011
Urban Wildland - Beijing - September 18, 2011
Rare in Beijing: a clear day. Looking north one can see actually the mountains that border the Beijing Basin;
with binoculars it was even possible to see parts of the Great Wall.
The 'Urban Widlands' near the hotel. Poplars, willows and Ailanthus
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni).
Together with Taiga Flycatcher and Yellow-browed Warbler these birds appear to be the most common migrants in the parks of Beijing in September.
Black-eared Kites (Milvus lineatus) above North Beijing.
They Look like Black Kites with strong wing patches; but a split is a split (and life bird for me).
I mentioned above hat this day was clear!
Olympic Forest Park & 789 Art District - Beijing - September 17, 2011
East German drill directly from 'Volkseigenenbetrieb Bohrmaschinenfabrik Englesdorf', of all places. Interesting!
Be careful what you wish for. Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope) was one of my wish birds.
This one was in tiny cage on the back of a bicycle in the arts district.
Old Summer Palace - Beijing - September 15, 2011
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bachus)
Beidaihe, September 11-13, 2011
We spent a few days in this famous sea resort town at the Yellow Sea (Bohai). This place is famous for the Siberian migrants that pass through in season. Spring and Fall sees the feathered kinds and mostly in summer the human kind (in the form of Russians). This town is bilingual but none of the languages really helped us (Chinese and Russian).
Early fishermen near Lighthouse Point
Russian morning buffet at the Jinshan Hotel
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris) , 3rd winter/adult
adult winter juvenile/1st winter (with Black-headed Gulls)
Besides taking photos of gulls, Beidaihe is also an excellent place to learn the ropes of weeding photography (we did learn a lot)
Photographer and objects at the sand flats/river mouth
Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis).
Why are these not Eurasian Curlews? (1) note warm brown-orange tone and (2) note the far eastern sign!
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus) and Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis): guess who is the latter?
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) and Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Kentish Plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Rare find: Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana)
Immature Relict Gull (Ichthyaetus relictus)
Beach life I: Vega Gull and Black-headed Gull (both adult)
Beach life II: Harbins the oldest beer in China! photo Hadas
Grey-streaked Flycatcher? (Muscicapa griseisticta)
Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) Amur White Wagtail (Motacilla alba leucopsis)
good movie title:
Depth of Danger!
.. with Brad Pitt as Hans Hass (inside reference for my German friends - sorry my dear non-German friends,
you can still google it ...! )
Red -billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha)
Beijing, Yong He Gong & Confucian Temple - August 30, 2011
"Wild" Pekinese dog (? note the long, wild-type snoute) in a park nearby
Badaling, Great Wall - August 29, 2011
Nixon was there and apparently millions of real men (and women) as well
("you are not a real man until you have been to the Great Wall").
Yuping (our host and guide for the day. Thanks Yuping!) and Hadas
at a much less crowded section of THE WALL
Forbidden City et al. - August 28, 2011
Subway advertising: so true
view from Coal Hill (Jingshan Park)
Big Sophora tree: with scale
The last empress and emperor pose on Coal Hill
Claus Holzapfel with Bonsai Holzapfel (photo Hadas), at the butterfly tent in Jingshan Park
Yeyahu (Wild Duck Lake)- August 26, 2011
Terry Townshend, a local British birder* took us today to his favorite birding patch the Yehayu (Wild Duck Lake) reserve near the town of Yangqing (about 1.5 h north of Beijing by car and across the the Great Wall).
Thanks so much, Terry!
* see his acclaimed and much followed website
On the boardwalk
Ruddy Shelduck (part of feral flock of many species Immature Yellow Bittern
Swan Geese, Grey-leg Goode type, Whooper Swan etc.)
"Harrier mash" 3 life birds in 3 minutes: Pied Harrier, Chinese Grey Shrike, Eastern Marsh Harrier.
Pied Harrier (immature) Eastern Marsh Harrier (female)
Leonurus cf. sibiricus
Record shot of an interesting mammal: Siberian Weasel (Mustela sibiriaca)
the other mammal seen was a Siberian? Hare
Tired birder ?
nope, here's the reason: massive concentrations of bluets "ponding"
pretty and useful (wild?) plants
Temperate grasslands near the reservoir (mix of cold and warm-season grasses)
Electro fishing (and I was told cormorants are used)
White-eyed Grebe (Tachypatus leucophthalmus Townshend) Common Kingfisher
Beijing - August 25, 2011
First full day in China/Beijing
Walk along the Olympic "Mile" to The Chinese Academy, Lunch with Yupin at Dayali. Hike through southern part of Olympic Forest Park. Back to the hotel by Subway.
The delta in the Olympic Forest Park
Asclepias? Botanizing in the park
Siberian Chipmunk on the "mountain" Brown Shirke