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Xinjiang - China June 2012

                  

 

 

Urumqi - June 11, 2012

 

Satellite square near our hotel.

 

 

Urumqi - June 12, 2012

Early morning exploration of a park not too far from the hotel.

 

 

The wished for life bird found quite easily: Azur Tit

 

 

Black Wagtails here are tame, common and quite smart looking

(M. a. personata subspecies, aka Masked Wagtail)

 

 

 

 

Urumqi - June 12, 2012

Xinjiang Museum

 

 

 

 

The famous Loulan Beauty (now 3800 years old)

 

 

 

DaBiSi

 

 

 

 

International Bazaar and Erdaoqiao market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urumqi - June 13, 2012

Birding at the Botanical Garden

(or birding at the eastern outpost of the Western Palearctic)

 

Birdlist: click here

 

 

The Hoopoe,

 

the (Eurasian) Cuckoo and ...

 

the (Rufous-tailed) Shrike.  This adult male is a typical Lanius isabellinus phoenicuroides, sometimes considered as separate species: Turkestan Shrike (Lanius phoenicuroides)

 

 

plus the Mistle Thrush (in your face)

 

Barred Warbler (photo Diane Larson), this Sylvia warbler was quite common.

 

European Goldfinch (photo Diane Larson) - this species is is not included in

MacKinnon and Phillipps' China bird guide.  This western species is however spreading into Xinjiang since 1995 (see the notes in the bird list).

 

 

June 13 & 14: The serious symposium days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dancing with the fan ladies

 

to be continued ...

 

 

Trip into the Junggar Basin - June 15, 2012

 

Ulmus stands in washes at the northern base of the Tienshan

 

 

 

Przewalski's Horse Station

 

44o12'19.30"N, 88o44'58.70"E, elev. 1906 ft (actual)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop in the stabilized dunes

 

 4438'25.36"N 8850'42.53"E, elev. 1680 (estimated)

 

 

 

 

 

Toad-head agama (Phrynocephalus spec.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intrepid desert navigators

 

 

'Gobi' Stop

 

4454'32.56"N 89 3'38.45"E, elev. 2122 ft (location estimated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just when we boarded  the bus again Kevin Badik found the bird of the day: a Ground Jay! Here are Kevin's pictures that  confirm the identification : Mongolian Ground-Jay  (Podoces hendersoni ) and not the more local  Xinjiang G. (P. biddulphi)  which has  a mostly white tail and a black chin and throat.

 

 

 

From the Handbook of Birds of the World:  there are only 4 Ground-Jay species in the world, that day we saw 25%!  70 Mongolian (Henderson's) Ground-Jay, 71 Xinjian (Biddulph's) Ground-Jay, 

72 Pander's Ground Jay, 73 Pleske's Ground-Jay

Source: dos Anjos, L., S. J. S. Debus, et al. (2009). Family Corvidae (Crows). Handbook of the bird of the World. J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott and D. A. Christie. Barcelona, Lynx Edicions. 14. Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrow: 494-640.

 

  

 

 

even Barry needs a rest

 

 

Erin takes Urumqi

 

 

Erin and band and their manager

 

Erin and band & the dancing Tajiks draw a crowd

 

All is clear with Captain Jake at the helm

 

 

Trip to the middle slopes of the Tien Shan (Nanshan Xiejiagou)

June 17, 2012

 

"The centre of the Asian continent"

 

Barney and the law (not "Barney's Law")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even Stan Smith bows to an invader at home:

Peganum harmala (known as African Rue in its invaded range - SW USA)

 

 

Solanum rostratum

 

 

 

Nanshan Xiejiagou

 

(click for birdlist)

 

 4329'28.43"N  87 2'37.15"E, elev.7029 (actual location)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire-fronted Serin

 

Common Rosefinch singing (but not being rosy)

 

Lousy records shot of target bird: the striking Roufous-backed Redstart

 

 

 

China Jeep Club outing

 

 

Nevada table

 

Central Asia/Siberia table

 

 

 

 

 

Kazakh jurts

 

handsome goat

 

 

Endophytically-turned toxic grass (anybody knows what species it is, Festuca?)

 

 

 

Peking Duck restaurant in Urumqi

 

 

Urumqi - June 18, 2012

 

Birding the Botanical Gardens with Ian (the Aussie)

 

East meets West:  Oriental Turtle Dove and Eurasian Cuckoo

 

Bromus japonicus at home

 

Scene from a Chinese movie ...

 

Bazaar in Urumqi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uyghur dance show at the Quan Jude Tian Shan Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

me happily leaving the stage

 

Dervish dance

 

 

 

 

The laymen cast celebrates themselves

 

 

 

Tian Chi trip - June 19. 2012

 

Bird list (click here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.. always trying to match my shirts to the landscape (photo taken by my new friend Arafat)

and keeping an eye on the sky (Himalaya Griffons, Booted Eagle and lots of Black-eared Kites). Lake is at 1900m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                Bogda Peak or Bogda Feng: 5445m, 17 864 feet

 

Willow Tit: this is likely Parus montanus songarus (Songar Tit) of Central Asia,

often considered a full species

 

Coal Tit: Parus ater aemodius,

the W China subspecies that sports a slight crest

 

 

 

 

 

Turpan (Tulufan) - June 20, 2012

 

The wine trellis-clad pedestrian mall in Turfan

 

 

Proper hydration is key at 43oC (110oF)

 

I can't get over the prettiness of the personata subspecies

of the Masked (White) Wagtail

 

The quaint interior of the Turpan Hotel

 

 

The Grand Turpan Tour with Abdul - day one

 

Karez site  (overly developed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jiaohe, ancient silk road town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River valley at the ancient silk road town of Jiaohe

 

On the road in the Turpan desert oasis: poplars are the key

 

 

Turpan Eremophytes Botanical Garden

 

 

 

How low can a garden get? "TEBG is the lowest elevation garden in the world"

 

 

Calligonum arborescens: beautiful fruit indeed

 

wind dispersal

 

 

 

Spanish Sparrow:  most sparrows here were Eurasian Tree Sparrows,

some House Sparrows and just a few were these.

Unfortunately I did not find any Saxaul Sparows (despite a lot of saxaul shrubs).

Would have been neat to see 4 Passer species ...

 

Emin Minaret (1777 A.D.)

 

 

Elli, the soccer elephant helps us to keep clean

 

 

Eurasian Collared Dove, native here (but not in the US)

 

mother teaches how to properly order "2 beer"

 

 

fine dining

 

 

 

South and West of Turpan - June 21, 2012

 

 

Ading Lake, lowest point in China, hotest point:

 
China 49.7 C (118 F) Ading Lake, Turpan, Xinjiang, China 2008-08-03]

 

(Death Valeey 56.7C (134F), Lybia 57.8 C (136 F)

 

un-ID-ed lizard near the lowest place of China

 

 

 

 

 

"Who are you exactly?"

 

Ahmet and his daughter

 

 

 

Self portrait at the very edge (shore?) of the Kumutag (Desert), a 50 km expense of shifting dunes reminiscent of the real Taklamakan.

 

Turpan - June 22, 2012

 

 

And here's my entry to the Pulitzer Prize:

"The Uighur baker's daughter guarding the cash box"

 

 

 

at the local 'The HomeDepot'

 

 

Fan club

 

 

Local wildlife

 

 

In the new Turpan Museum:

Paraceratherium lepdium (Oligocene, Turpan Basin),

the largest terrestrial mammal that ever roamed Earth

 

 

 

view of the Tien Shan on the bus ride back to Urumqi

 

 
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