Birding China – Emeifeng Nature Reserve

Day 2-4. 29,30 & 31 May 2016

Emeifeng Nature Reserve.

View of the valley
The mountains and valleys of Emeifeng are sights to behold

The Emiefeng Nature Reserve at Tianing County is the site for pheasants like the Elliot’s, Koklass, Silver and the Cabot’s Tragopan. It covers a section of the Wuyi mountains along the border of Fujian and Jiangxi. Tall bamboo forests dominate the lower slopes with denser deciduous types at the higher altitudes raising up to 1,700 meters.

Cabot's Tragopan roosting with two chicks
Female Cabot’s Tragopan roosting with two chicks spotted by Bee Lan on our way down in the evening.

We planned two and a half days of birding here to give us a chance to see all the pheasants, which the group did. We decided to stay in a small town at the base of the reserve after warnings of landslides.

Lamdslide after the heavy rain
We have to walk up after half of the cliff slide down and block the road after an all night rain. Rock boulders were sewn all over the side of the road warning signs that we have to be extra careful.

The best way to see the pheasants was to drive up to the summit in the early morning when the pheasants come out to the roadside to forage and in the evenings when they roost among the trees.

Town elder at Taning County
Town elder at Taning County. So many stories to tell from the expressions of his face.
Crested Myna at Taining town.
Crested Myna braving the rain at Taining town.
Silver Pheasant Male trying to get away from us.
Male Silver Pheasant is always wary of any threats.

 

Female Sliver Pheasant looking for food for the chicks
A female Silver Pheasant out looking for food for its chicks behind the Forest Rest House at the summit.
Rice terraces with the town at the background
Rice terraces with the town at the background.
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Warbler chipping away
Village at the base of the Reserve
Farming village at the base of the Reserve

 

Collared Owlet was calling all day.
Collared Owlet was calling all day. We got to see them all three days. Thanks to Menxiu for the use of his Canon for this shot.
Bamboo forest ala Crouching Tiger
Bamboo forest ala Crouching Tiger
Wild bamboo is a cash crop.
Harvesting bamboos for sale.
Indochinese Yuhina nest building
Indochinese Yuhina (torqueola) with broad chestnut collar gathering nesting material.
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Female
Female Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush on a limb.
Huts for processing bamboo shoots.
Huts for cooking and pressing bamboo shoots dotted the roadside. This makes them easier to transport down.
Sultan Tit
Sultan Tit a colorful distraction for a dull day.
Briding near the summit with Bee Lan, Alfred and Pah Liang
Briding near the summit with Bee Lan, Alfred and Pah Liang
Some rodarandans in bloom
Rhododendrons in bloom
Birding by the roadside
Birding by the roadside Ju Lin looking smart in rain gear.
A monestry at the summit of Emeifeng
A monestry and temple at the summit of Emeifeng

Next: Dongzhai NNR

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