Calling All Birders – China Beckons!

EcoquestEcoQuest Travel is proud to offer a fantastic February bird watching journey to the extraordinary country of China. From the sheer magnitude of the Great Wall and the ancient splendor of the Forbidden City to the shimmering marshes of Poyang Lake and the bamboo forests of Emeifeng, China offers a plethora of cultural and natural wonders.

China is most often visited for its cultural riches, but the wildlife, especially the birdlife, is diverse and unique. We have chosen to travel in February to take advantage of the abundance and diversity of cranes, waterfowl and pheasants in particular. After a brief stint in Beijing we will begin our explorations in southeast China searching for some of the rarest and most enigmatic birds in the world.

This area is home to the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper wintering along the coast and a host of fantastic pheasants including Cabot’s Tragopan and Silver, Koklass and Elliott’s Pheasants. From the southeast will travel to east-central China and the massive complex of lakes and marshes around Poyang Hu. Poyang Hu is an incredibly important wintering ground for thousands of birds
including most of the world’s Siberian Cranes. Surrounding the great white Siberian Cranes are
Hooded, Eurasian and White-naped cranes making Poyang Lake one of the world’s largest
gatherings of these breathtakingly beautiful birds.

No less spectacular is the huge gatherings of Swan, Bean and Lesser White-fronted Geese. From Poyang we journey west to the shadow of Tibet in the foothills of the Himalayas and extensive wetlands of Cao Hai Reserve. The marshes of Cao Hai are famous for supporting one of the world’s largest flocks of wintering Black-necked Cranes. Bar-headed Geese, Ruddy Shelducks, Baer’s Pochard and Falcated Ducks also grace the waterways of Cao Hai.


Your trip leaders will be:

David Davenport: Zoologist and President – EcoQuest Travel, Inc.

Walter Sturgeon: Crane Expert and Operation Migration Director & Team Member

Please contact Walter Sturgeon for more details. sturgeon2(AT)

*A portion of each reservation will support Operation Migration.

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