Our short extension to the southern most country of Henan Province is dedicated to finding a handful of incredibly range restricted and endangered species. Departing Shanghai, we fly to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China before taking a bullet train north to Xinyang and transferring to our guesthouse near Dongzhai Nature Reserve. Our time here will be spent at specially constructed blinds, the core forest zone, Ling Shan mountain and the marshes surrounding Xinyang searching for Reeves’s Pheasant, Crested Ibis and Fairy Pitta. A fine supporting cast that includes Narcissus and Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Masked Laughingthrush, Tristram’s Bunting, Rufous-faced Warbler, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler and a host of migrant warblers shall keep us royally entertained during our search for the priority targets.
Reeves’s Pheasant, Crested Ibis, Fairy Pitta, Collared Crow, Koklass Pheasant, Narcissus & Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Masked Laughingthrush, Tristram’s Bunting, Rufous-faced Warbler, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Black-capped and Crested Kingfisher, Crested Goshawk, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Ashy & Hair-crested Drongos, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Asian Barred Owlet, Black-throated Bushtit, Swinhoe’s & Ashy Minivet, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Chinese Hwamei, Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler.
humid subtropical broadleaved forest, bamboo forest, rice paddies, wetlands, lakes
humid and warm, but cool at higher elevations and early/late in the day
relaxed with some longer hikes