Hangzhou moments and a few birds

Hangzhou moments and a few birds

When: June 2017                      Weather: Warm 20C

Nikon P900, Leica M240

 

We were in Hangzhou for the 30th APACRS meeting in June so we had the opportunity to stay one night at the Shangri-La hotel on West Lake and then spend some time birding at Xixi wetlands with the gang.

The ShangriLa on Westlake is beautifully located right on the lake and this alone would justify staying there.  Many reports on TA gripe about it being old and in need of upgrading but really the location makes you forget all the blemishes of the property.  This is what we saw at dawn…

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Daybreak from the Shangri La Hotel overlooking Xihu or the Westlake…

 

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As the day lightened, people started arriving…

 

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The grounds of the ShangriLa itself are a nice garden and here a magpie robin shows

 

If you walk behind the hotel , there is a steep hill with some interesting birds…

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the ubiquitous green backed tit is everywhere in China

 

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as is the light vented bulbul!

 

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here, singing to its heart’s content

 

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And in a fruiting tree behind the eastern end of the hotel, this grey headed parrotbill was feeding

 

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An ashy drongo also showed

 

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Ashy drongo

 

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and the last bird in this amazing fruiting tree was this chestnut bulbul

 

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Chestnut bulbul..back view

 

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Chestnut bulbul

 

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From the lounge on top of the hotel, we get a view of Westlake and the Sudi Causeway

 

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interesting vignettes in Westlake

 

We then took a walk along the Sudi causeway…

 

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juvenile magpie robin

 

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moorhen

 

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Pretty scenes on westlake

 

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westlake bridge

 

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blackbird

 

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Black bulbul..white headed morph

 

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And if you have time to catch the Zhang YiMou extravaganza at night on the lake, you should.

 

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Our last day in Hangzhou, we visited the Xixi Wetlands about 30min west of Westlake..but we got there a bit late and the birdlife was scarce…

 

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Black crowned night heron

 

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Black crowned night heron

 

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Little Grebe in action

 

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Little Grebe nesting with duckling

 

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juvenile black headed munia

 

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ducklings a-swimming

 

The Xixi wetlands was slightly disappointing…we actually got more birds at the ShangriLa hotel grounds and in westlake itself…..

 

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