Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 4, 2019

Xi Shan Birding

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Western Hills Park

It was a funny morning today. I got up about 6:30am and grabbed a taxi to the subway and got to the Western Hills Park before 8am. I had no idea where to go so I followed the other people down the hill to a bus station. I guessed that you had to catch a bus to the park. I finally sorted out the green bus with the help of a nice lady. I was surprised when it just kept going right up to the top of the mountain almost. I wandered around the area for a little while until I spied my one and only species for the day – the Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia). Then it started raining so I sat under some shelter and had a few meat dumplings (baozi) for breakfast.

Rusty-capped fulvetta

Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia)

The rain was not going to stop so I jumped back on the bus and headed downhill. On the way back I went shopping for some shoes at Walmart, but it was crap, so I found some shoes that fitted me in a store nearby. Some tasty noodles from a little shop and back to bed for a rest before editing photos this afternoon in the rain.

Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia)

Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Alcippe dubia)

“The rusty-capped fulvetta is a species of bird in the Pellorneidae family. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.” (wikipedia)



November 3, 2019

Kunming Birding

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Green Lake Park

I got the bus from Dali to Kunming. More than five hours on a slow coach. Arghh! I arrived late into Kunming and found my hostel. Early in the morning I got up headed off to the Green Lake Park, which is quite close to my hostel. There were a few waterbirds and I was lucky to find a few new bush birds. I gave up when the dancing aunties started blaring out their music and wiggling their hips.

brown-breasted bulbul

Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)

This is a new bulbul. I saw the yellow vent and thought it might have been a yellow-vented but no, it ain’t.

black-throated bushtit

Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus)

This is also known as the Black-throated Bushtit. First time for this one too. That is two ticks for the morning. Not bad for the beginning of winter.

chinese pond heron

Chinese Pond-Heron ( Ardeola bacchus )

“Identification: Indistinguishable from other pond-heron species when in non-breeding and juvenile plumage. Adult in breeding plumage has distinctive chestnut-maroon head, head-plumes, neck and upperbreast, white underparts and blacklish-slate mantle and scapulars.” (

grey heron

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

little egret

Little Egret ( Egretta garzetta )

common moorhen

Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

This is also known as the Common Moorhen, which I think is the correct name.

white-breasted Waterhen

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

The White-breasted Waterhen was not on the ebird list for the Green Lake. It is well within range.

eurasian tree sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus )



Kunming bird list

Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous)
Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus) aka Black-throated Bushtit
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) aka Common Moorhen
White-breasted Waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus )
Chinese Pond-Heron ( Ardeola bacchus )
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus )
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Little Egret ( Egretta garzetta )
White Wagtail
Yellow-browed Warbler



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