You must have observed little birdies in your backyard but the real field experience is very different from that. Now people from all ages enjoy bird watching because it pulls them closer to nature. This is a popular hobby among the world through which you can better your physical and emotional condition. But how do you start the process of spotting the birds?
And, if you do not know the right time to visit the place, you may be in a difficult situation. Yes, you can go out for birding throughout the year but there are certain things to keep in mind. These basic aspects can guarantee a life-changing experience benefiting you to grow as a person and later giving back to community. So, take a look at the following tricks before getting ready for your China Birding Tour.
Find the Appropriate Time and Place
If you visit the habitats of endemic bird species originating in Sichuan, noticing birdies in Wolong Nature Reserve is assured. But, if you wish to visit Jiuzhaigou, Baxi Village, or Flower Lake, you can still see mallard, green-backed tit, or white-throated dipper. Of course, you have to visit the spots in late afternoon and morning.
Birds wake up early in the morning and get out looking for food and start singing. Your job is to hide behind the bamboo thickets or bushes. From there you can observe the bird’s size, shape, preference, and habitat.
Look for the Birds with Naked Eyes
Instead of using a powerful 8x magnifier or other equipment, you can spot the birdies with your eyes. You have tried to find a person in a crowded once in your life, right? Follow such instinct to find the bird and then take out your binoculars. Look at the tree branch to spot a Yunnan Fulvetta or scarlet-faced liocichla with your naked eyes, at first. You can play the same trick in your backyard to show off your master skill at the field.
Taking Help of Field Guide
When you are going to the local regions of Rilong or Baoxing, you will naturally be clueless. Needless to say, it is impossible to find out a Chinese White-browed rosefinches or Sichuan tit without an expert’s help. It is essential to carry an illustrated map and hire local guides for learning the bird habits, preferences, and habitats.
The professionals also have up-to-date knowledge of environment and weather of Sichuan lowlands or other areas. Thus, with the professional assistance, you can enjoy the beauty of slaty bunting or grey-hooded parrotbill.
After going through the above-mentioned points, you can easily spot a blue eared pheasant, Temminck’s tragopan, or sooty bushtit on your upcoming Sichuan Birdingntrip.
Amanda Goldsmith is a travel enthusiast and has published many blog posts on how to make your Sichuan birding tour memorable. Here, she gives out 3 simple tricks that will help you in your next exotic China birding tour