The Ibisbill has eluded me for 3 years after spending much fruitless time searching for this highly sought after wader. An elegant bird with a reddish down-curved bill and black face that resides in stony, shingle bed rivers and streams is hard to find! Whenever we passed through these habitats, we always stopped to scan, hoping to find an ibisbill after all its a new bird for me and I have yet to see it!
My luck came when Brian had high-altitude sickness and we retreated to a lower altitude area in Yushu, Qinghai. We arrived in Yushu town which was around 3200m and checked in to a hotel called YuShu Sun Lake Holiday Inn, 玉树太阳湖假日酒店.
After a much needed shower, we walked out of the hotel in search for food, and almost immediately, Terry heard and saw Ibisbill in the canal right in front of the hotel! Not one but two as we moved close to see them and they weren’t skittish at all!
Along with the ibisbills also resided a white-throated dipper!
The canal itself is extremely birdy with also robin accentors just roosting around in trees nearby! Hopefully, when i return in search of snow leopards, the ibisbills will still be there…in the canal. 🙂