Mongolia

Mongolia Monday- An Album Of Bird Photos From 2011

I’m going to start a short series for the holidays of “albums” with images I’ve shot of various types of animals and species that I’ve seen on my travels to Mongolia.

First up are the birds I saw on this latest trip in August 2011. If you see a mis-identified bird, please let me know. The field guide situation for Mongolian birds is still not what it needs to be.

Finally, we didn’t go hunting for any of these birds. They are what I saw as we drove around or walked in the reserves and parks. Mongolia is an extraordinary birding destination that deserves to be better known.

Daurian partridges, Hustai National Park

Crested lark, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve

Houbara bustard, just outside the northern boundary of Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve (this may have been a rare sighting)

Whooper swan, Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve

Demoiselle cranes, coming into Erdenet soum; part of a large flock

Eurasian (or Common) cranes, somewhere near Hayrhan, Arkhangai Aimag

White-napped cranes, Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve (endangered)

Grey wagtail, Tuul Gol, Jalman Meadows, Khan Khentii Mountains

Japanese quail chick (?), Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve

Common magpie, east of Horgo Terhiyn Tsagaan Nuur National Park

Daurian jackdaw, Amarbayasgalant Khiid

Cinereous vultures, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve

Steppe eagle, Jalman Meadows, Khan Khentii Mountains

Golden eagle, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve

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