Trip Reports

BirdQuest Vietnam 2016

( Sunday 6th March - Sunday 27th March 2016, led by Craig Robson)

2016 saw another epic tour of this bird-rich South-East Asian hotspot, and the 15th by this leader alone. Things have changed dramatically since our first pioneering tour here in 1991 and one thing is for sure, we see a hell of a lot more specialities these days. Amongst the highlights in the south were Siamese Fireback, Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Red-vented and Indochinese (or Annam) Barbets, Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pittas, Dalat (or Annam) Shrike-babbler, the soon to be split local form of White-spectacled Warbler, Grey-crowned Bushtit (spit from Black-throated), Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Orange-breasted, Collared, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughingthrushes, Vietnamese Cutia, Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-crowned Fulvetta, Black-headed (or -crowned) Parrotbill, Vietnamese Greenfinch, and Vietnamese Crossbill. We were very fortunate to track down several singing Dalat Bush Warblers, another recent split that was a new species for the Birdquest world list. Relatively little known and unexplored Central Vietnam brought us Ratchet-tailed Treepie, the black-crested form of Sultan Tit, Limestone Leaf Warblers, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Sooty Babbler, Short-tailed Scimitar (or Indochinese Wren-) Babbler, Rufous-cheeked and Chestnut-eared Laughingthrushes, and Black-crowned Barwing. In the north, despite some poor weather, we found Malayan Night Heron, Pied Falconet, White-winged Magpie, Black-browed and Rufous-throated Fulvettas, Limestone Wren-Babbler, Grey Laughingthrush, and Fork-tailed Sunbird.

Special mammals that we saw well included Buff-cheeked Gibbon, both Black-shanked and Red-shanked Douc Langurs, and an incredible herd of rare Gaur.

Full tour report on BirdQuest Website


BirdQuest Vietnam 2015

(Craig Robson)

During the latest Vietnam tour, we explored an ever-expanding range of key sites throughout the country. This long, narrow country harbours so many endemics and near-endemics now, that three weeks hardly seems long enough. Our exploits in the south were rewarded by Siamese Fireback, Germain’s Peacock- Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Slaty-legged Crake, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Red-vented and Indochinese (or Annam) Barbets, Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pittas, Dalat (or Annam) Shrike-babbler, the soon to be split local form of White-spectacled Warbler, Grey-crowned Bushtit (spit from Black-throated Tit), Grey-faced Tit- Babbler, Orange-breasted, Collared, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughingthrushes, Vietnamese Cutia, Grey-crowned Crocias, the tiny neat Black-crowned Fulvetta, Black-crowned Parrotbill, Green Cochoa, Vietnamese Greenfinch, and Vietnamese Crossbill. Relatively little-known and unexplored Central Vietnam brought us Ratchet-tailed Treepie, the black-crested form of Sultan Tit, Rufous-faced and Limestone Leaf Warblers, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Sooty Babbler, Indochinese Wren-Babbler (formerly Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler), rare Rufous-cheeked and Chestnut-eared Laughingthrushes, Black-crowned Barwing, and White- tailed Flycatcher. In the north, despite some poor weather, we found the endangered White-eared Night Heron, Pied Falconet, White-winged Magpie, more Green Cochoas, Black-browed and Rufous-throated Fulvettas, Limestone Wren-Babbler, Grey Laughingthrush, Short-tailed Parrotbill and Fork-tailed Sunbird.

Special mammals that we saw well included Buff-cheeked Gibbon, both Black-shanked and Red-shanked Douc Langurs, and the restricted-range Hatinh Leaf Monkey.


Spoon-billed Sandpiper survey in Mekong Delta 2015

(Nguyen Hoai Bao (1) , Le Hong Phuc (1), Nguyen Hao Quang (2) , Nguyen Van Thang (2) (1) - University of Science, Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh city (2) - Wildtour Co., LTD)

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) is one of the rarest migrant birds in the world. It is declining at an alarming rate and will become extinct within the next decade without our help. Recently surveys have found that Mekong delta coastal area holds an important population in winter migration (5-8 individulas, more than 1% global population), Nguyen Hoai Bao et al., 2013; Vladimir V. Morozov et al., 2012

As part of this programme Vietnam Wildlife Tours & Research in collabration with University of Science, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh city have volunteered to conduct a survey in the Mekong from 16 to 22 January 2015. All travelling expense was funded by Viet Nature and an additional survey at Tan Thanh beach on January 31 was supported by Wildtour Co., LTD

Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the Mekong delta coastal zone - Bao Nguyen

 

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