Overview

Our southeast China in Spring tour targets some Asia’s rarest species, drawing the attention of even those with already impressive Asia and world lists. Seldom visited by western birders, we shall embark on an action packed adventure beginning at north of Shanghai searching for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, which fattens up on the mud flats near Rudong before making its final flight to breed in Russia. We then fly south to Minjiang Estuary, Fuzhou for the very skulky White-necklaced Partridge in Fuzhou itself. We move north east to Emei Feng, to find one of the world’s rarest pheasants, Cabot’s Tragopan and the scarce Spotted Elachura, now placed in its own family. We also target Elliott’s Pheasant and Blyth’s Kingfisher before moving onwards to Wuyuan for the recently discovered Blue-crowned (Courtois’s) Laughingthrush, of which perhaps 200 individuals still exist. Aside from the big draw card species, we shall collect a host of migrant passerines and other sought after species including Nordmann’s Greenshank, Saunders’s Gull, Fujian Fulvetta, Hartert’s Warbler, Siberian Blue Robin, Red-flanked Bluetail, Siberian Thrush, Pallas's Reed Bunting and a bevy of Phylloscopus warblers. We complete our tour in the country of Henan Province, traversing Dongzhai Nature Reserve, Ling Shan mountain and the marshes surrounding Xinyang searching for Reeves's Pheasant and Crested Ibis – both Critically Endangered species.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Cabot’s Tragopan, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Reeves's Pheasant, Crested Ibis, Blue-crowned (Courtois’s) Laughingthrush, Spotted Elachura, Elliot’s & Koklass Pheasant, Collared Crow, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Saunders’s Gull, Fujian Fulvetta, Siberian Blue Robin, Red-flanked Bluetail, Pallas's Reed Bunting, Chestnut & Brown-breasted Bulbul, Fork-tailed Sunbird, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, White-necklaced Partridge, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler, Collared Finchbill, Indochinese Yuhina, Yellow-bellied Tit, Chinese Hwamei, Buffy, Moustached & Masked Laughingthrush, Buff-throated, Hartert's Leaf, Kloss's Leaf, Sulphur-breasted, Bianchi's, Rufous-faced and Alstrom's Warbler, Mandarin Duck, Pied Falconet, Swinhoe's Minivet, Japanese Grosbeak, Brown Crake, Long-billed Plover, Short-tailed & Grey-headed Parrotbill, Marsh Grassbird, Reed Parrotbill, Chestnut Bunting, Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian & Pale Thrush, Rufous-tailed Robin, Amur Falcon, Pechora Pipit, Swinhoe's Plover, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Long-toed Stint, Far Eastern Curlew, Grey-tailed Tattler, Narcissus & Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Black-capped & Crested Kingfisher, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler.
Habitats Covered
open mudflats, broad-leaved forest, bamboo, secondary forest, wetlands (open water & reedbeds), scrub, open fields, humid subtropical broadleaved forest, ice paddies
Expected Climate
humid and warm, but cool at higher elevations and early/late in the day
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate
Accommodation
good to comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

David Hoddinott was an excellent bird guide, finding and identifying birds at amazing speed and ease. He had researched the field well, and knew where to find the birds. He also had researched the literature and was versed in all the newest taxonomic changes. He was very patient in assuring that all the participants got on the bird.

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

Rich Lindie did an outstanding job. He is an excellent birder/guide and did a fantastic job managing all our expectations... Overall a wonderful trip.

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

As usual, Glen Valentine was fantastic. I have travelled with him before and it never ceases to amaze me how he can hear and spot birds so effectively. And his enthusiasm is contagious. You know that he has seen any given bird on previous trips but it's as though he is seeing it for the first time with you! Daniel Danckwerts was also on the tour "learning the ropes". Very knowledgeable and a good asset to have on the tour. A superb spotter! All in all, this was a fantastic trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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