The third day out with Vicky was to be spent close to her home town of Jiao Xi seen here from the surrounding hills. While there are 'no promises' in birding, she seemed fairly certain that she could find at least one 'endemic' to add to the list which was very soon in coming. Having borrowed her sisters car for the day we were able to cover much more ground, so heading directly for the fast flowing river there was no trouble in locating
where already some of the shrubs are in bloom and where we quickly found 2 members of the Apus family both being Sub-species (Ssp),
PACIFIC SWIFT Apus pacificus kanoi.
During my wanderings, I have never seen a female Chinese Lion with one paw on a 'pearl' this I thought was reserved for the male. Vicky tells me that it is sometimes the case, but far more usual to have her foot on a 'cub'.
adult BLACK DRONGO
with juvenile, an endemic Ssp.
Returning to a lower elevation, we decided on a search of the rice paddies which are now springing a new crop. There was no trouble finding adult and
juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, south-eastern Ssp,
while this tiny Wader (possible Red-necked Stint?) is still not identified.
PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER
The WHITE WAGTAILs are a treat to watch