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Still here birding and mammal watching and waiting for a break in Covid - as of December 2022, China has abruptly abandoned zero Covid policy, which brings closer the prospect of the country once again opening for birding. However, presently only those with work or family related visas can enter - but light at the end of the tunnel is slowly coming into view. Recent news is that travel restrictions for Hong Kong residents may be dropped at beginning of 2023.

 

scanning with shadow 2Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai specialist, the wildlife hotspots of China - with Sid Francis

Birding SE Sichuan

With access by slow truck crowded roads, South East Sichuan used to be an out of the way location for visiting birders. Those who went inevitably made for Laojunshan reserve and the hope of finding the extreme range restricted Sichuan Partridge. Even when you got to site there was then the hassle and expense of permits, entry fee and sometimes an obligatory, often useless, local guide. Luckily, that seems to have changed for good. Infrastructure has been improved and now hours have been shaved off the travel time with new expressway road networks. And when you get into the area, new sites have opened up – there are now feeding sites and hides available for viewing the Partridge. This is good news, since the bird is an arch skulker – belonging to that group of species that are fairly easy to hear but so very difficult to locate.

      

 

The area also gives chances for other prime ticks. The breeding endemic Silver Oriole is now seen regularly at one site in the SE and another bird in the same area is Chinese Green Magpie.

For more information on birding SE Sichuan please contact us

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