Some more images from our recent trip to north-central China. At the end of August we stayed at Heimahe, beside Qinghai Lake.
I'm happy to report that Heimahe now has a guesthouse where going to the toilet does not involve stumbling around in the dark outside.
Anyway, enough of the romantic travelogue, here are some photos to give an impression, I hope, of the area.
Himalayan Griffon Vulture - Gyps himalayensis
Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Rubber Mountain range
A BMX bike for the shepherd girl !
White-browed Tit Warbler - Leptopoecile sophaie
Robin Accentor - Prunella rubeculoides
Rufous-necked Snowfinches - Pyrgilauda ruficollis
Brown Accentor - Prunella fulvescens
Two shots of Urocynchramus pylzowi
The bird above used to be known as "Pink-tailed Bunting" and now revels under the appellation of Przewalski's Finch. Forgive me if I've spelled the great Russian's name wrongly, there seem to be five or six ways to do it. He discovered this bird - also near Qinghai Lake - on his 1870 expedition.
Stressemann's (Pink-rumped) Rosefinch - Carpodacus eos
White-browed Tit - Periparus superciliosus
Tibetan Snowfinch - Montifringilla adamsi
It was hard work lugging the gear around at an elevation of 4000 metres, but the characteristic birds of this part of the Tibetan Plateau made it all worthwhile.