Birds and people of Zhenghlou

Allmänt / 2015-04-02 / 10:21:35
Home Sweet Home! I've been back in Sweden for three days now and thought I'd give you a last glimpse of China, both the birds and the people. Zhang Peng has kindly let me use his photos. Enjoy!
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), the most common shrike in the area, and the most beautiful of all in my opinion.
Silver-throated Tit (Aegithalos glaucogularis) with nesting material in the beak.
An incubating female Silver-throated Tit.
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius), subspecies bispecularis, often referred to as Himalayan Jay. It lacks the streaking on the head of our European one, giving it a much kinder expression.
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha), these ducks started appearing in our ponds in the end of February.
Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus), here you can clearly see the colourbands that we used to identify the birds.
Black-throated Tit gathering nesting material.
Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides), I've never heard of an owl so conspicuous and easy to find during daytime as this one, I saw it almost daily.
Siberian Weasel (Mustela sibirica), not a bird but still a favourite!
No banding lab here!
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris)
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus), female.
Red-billed Starling (Sturnus sericeus), this birds also arrived in late February and joined the large flocks of White-cheeked Starlings (Sturnus cineraceus).
Yu Jin, me, Amasa, Nadia, Liu Yang, Gala and Zhang Peng, the post-Spring Festival Team.
Ed, Huqian, Me, Yu Jin and the two daugthers of the household (I'm not even gonna try to spell their names).
I will remember my time in China with very mixed feelings. It's been an amazing but tough experience and in the end, despite everything, I'm really happy that I went.


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