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Spot-breasted Parrotbill

I didn’t make it out birding this weekend because I couldn’t muster the energy.  It’s such a pain to have to carry around a 10-pound lens at this stage.  I’ve started getting those Braxton Hicks contractions, and damn those things hurt.  I had all these aspirations for a natural birth that are quickly going away. […]

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White-collared Yuhinas

I wrote about the Black-chinned Yuhina last May.  They’re lovely birds and the pictures don’t do them justice because it was so grey outside.  These White-collared Yuhinas look much peppier because of the brighter background.  The white stripe on their crest might help.     I always admire the acrobatics of birds that are after […]

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Chinese Bulbul

The bulbul are one of those groups of birds that have a lot of sub-species in China.  I already mentioned the Red-whiskered Bulbul.  Today I’m talking about the Chinese Bulbul, also known as the Light-vented Bulbul.  These guys are ubiquitous.   They’re all over Asia.  I saw them both in Shenghen and Chengdu.  They even […]

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Green Finches in China

These little finches were everywhere in China.  I think they’re very charming, although I found them a bit frustrating when I’d be trying to get a shot of a rare bird and a finch would be in the way.  They look kind of bland when you see them on overcast days, which every day in […]

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Winter Wren in China

China has wrens!  They have the same eye stripe and spotty plumage as our American wrens.  I think he looks like he’s wearing pajamas because the plumage comes down over his legs.     We apparently have the same species in the United States as you can see from this range map.  I think the […]

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Common Kingfisher

We saw a lot of sections of China that were filled with trash.  It was especially sad to see trash piling up on these little land masses in the river.  There’s an egret in the middle of this mess consuming plastic-infested water. People might drink from this river!     I wish I could have […]

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Guard Geese in China

Tonight Jon and I went to a 12 course vegan dinner for the Ching Rescue Sanctuary.  It was amazing.  During the dinner one of the other attendees was talking about how when he was young he tried to walk in someone’s yard and three geese chased after him so fast he jumped over the fence.  […]

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Vinous-throated Parrotbill

A couple months ago I wrote about the Ashy-throated Parrotbill and mentioned that it was one of three parrotbills that I saw in China.  Here’s the Vinous-throated Parrotbill.  They’re very common in many parts of Asia.   They are so insanely weird looking.  Perhaps it’s in part because you can’t see their nostrils.  Checkout this […]

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Pandas

We saw the cutest pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base.   Pandas primarily eat bamboo.  It’s hard to find them in the wild because of all the development in China.     These are teenage pandas.   The Huffington Post has an interesting video of a baby panda meeting its mother.  The mother moves the […]

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White-cheeked Starling

I have another starling from China for you to see.  The first was was the Black-collared Starling.  This is the White-cheeked Starling.     I didn’t find much information on them, but I did find a nice picture of one on a less dreary (smoggy) day.     They have the same shape as our […]

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