This was the day we got arrested! Our driver took us to a mountain park in Burqin county, approx. an hour’s drive from Altay Region. Unfortunately, this park is very close to the border of Kazakhstan! No one bothered us in the beginning but words spread fast in China! Very soon the China Border Police came up the hill to pick us and took us to the police station and have us “interrogated” (they asked the same questions over and over again), our documents and cameras checked, and photo taken (a police officer told me not to smile at the camera.. )
Luckily for us, we only had food and bird photos to show them! Anyway, we did some birding before our arrest! Birds seen at the mountain park included the Mistle thrush, Willow tit, Coal tit, Black-throated Bunting, and Booted eagle, etc.
After an hour’s stay at the police station (I wished them well before leaving), we continued our birding along what the Chinese called it the Xinjiang Clain River( 克兰河) ! Its probably more spectacular than the Clain River in Western France-I have never seen landscape as amazing as this, have you? 😛
Along this route, we saw the following-
Montagu’s Harrier (乌灰鹞)
Greylag Goose (灰雁)
Black-tailed Godwit (黑尾塍鹬)
White-headed Duck (白头硬尾鸭)
Red-crested Pochard (赤嘴潜鸭)
We drove all day, well our driver did-he was very determined to show us the likely areas for the Daurian Partridge (斑翅山鹑), but we couldn’t find it!
By 3pm we found ourselves in yet another magical forest! The stars here included the
White-Backed Woodpecker (白背啄木鸟)
White-Winged Woodpecker (白翅啄木鸟)
Black Woodpecker (黑啄木鸟)
Common Chaffinch (苍头燕雀) and more!
It was a day with lots of happenings but no lunch! Back at the hotel, I wished the Pallid Scops Owl would call again outside my window. 🙂
PS. We had dog-fish for dinner