Mongolia 2011

Mongolia Monday: Flora And Fauna- Hustai National Park

The next ten or so posts will cover all the places I visited on this past trip, some familiar and well-loved and some new.

The two-week trip with Pokey emphasized the best wildlife viewing places that I’ve found. We headed west out of Ulaanbaatar on a sunny August morning….

and spent two productive days at Hustai, seeing lots of takhi and other wildlife. The wildflowers were still in bloom, too, which was lovely.

These horses were part of a group approaching a water hole right by the road; you'll have to wait for the painting to see the rest...

At first this harem was a long way off

But as we watched from behind a line of rocks, they drifted closer and closer

Finally, they grazed their way right past us in the fading light; it was quite wonderful to have them come so close

Marmots generally run straight for their holes when spooked, but for some reason we will never fathom, this one ran for a long way right down the middle of the road

These darian partridges were a new species for me

Black kite in a birch tree; "Hustai" means "birch" in Mongolian

Cinereous vulture, the largest Eurasian vulture which can weigh up to 30 lbs.

This grasshopper suddenly appeared on our windshield

Saw more spiders on the trip this year than ever before, including this one on a member of the phlomis family

Deep purple globe thistles

Edelweis

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