Common Cranes - Grus grus
On our previous visit, Lashihai had a number of places where tourists could access the lakeshore and go for boat rides of various kinds. This activities have now been supplemented by the creation of a "Lijiang Lashihai Wetland Park". We paid our 30RMB admission fee and drove around the perimeter of the area. There were a good number of wetland birds to be seen. We counted fifty-six Common Cranes but there were no Black-necked Cranes.
A newly-completed guesthouse (I think)
Bar-headed Geese - Anser indicus
Ruddy Shelduck - Tadorna ferruginea
There was a pleasing number of duck and coot bobbing on the lake surface in the cold wind. It was the place (confession) where we missed having a 'scope… but we still got Falcated Teal, Goldeneye, Gadwall and Red-crested Pochard, to name but four.
Back in town we spent one morning visiting Black Dragon Pool Park, but saw few birds of note there. Momentary excitement at the call of Hwamei was soon tempered by the sight of one in a cage.
The path to Black Dragon Pool Park
Lijiang is still dominated by the sight of Yulongxueshan:- "Jade Dragon Snow Mountain". Which is a substantial name for a substantial mountain.
View from our hotel room at sunrise
This just about brings our Yunnan birding travelogue to an end. I've skipped over quite a lot, but I hope that if you've managed to read this far you'll have a "feel" for the area we covered.
Don't thank me; it was
" NO BOTHER "