Another looker..

Now I know many people in the UK have had their fill of Red-flanked Bluetails in the last few months, with the unprecedented influx last autumn. But I bet none of them looked like this…!

Red-flanked Bluetail - smart, eh?

RFBs are beginning to arrive in the Beijing area now and the adult males are absolute stunners. Forgive me for posting a few more images….

STOP PRESS: Jesper Hornskov just sent me a SMS to say he has just seen a GREAT BUSTARD flying over the Summer Palace.. A great record. Spring is here.. let the big migration commence…

A newly arrived RFB

Note the white brow (which the Himalayan form lacks)

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About Terry Townshend

I am a British birder living and birding in Beijing from August 2010 until 2015. Through this blog I hope I can convey a sense of what it is like to live in this thriving, confident and contrasting city and the birdlife that can be found in its environs. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it! Terry Townshend, Beijing September 2010
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5 Responses to Another looker..

  1. Stunner indeed, I’ll never get my fill of these, now one of those in Spring would make for a lively morning.

  2. Northumberland is as good a place as any… so check out the tops of those pines..!

  3. philip benstead says:

    hi T
    dorset had one this week but yours is indeed much better!
    you bustard

  4. Wow – spring records of RFB in the UK must be very rare indeed. I assume it was a female?

    Planning to follow up a report of 150-200 Waxwings in a nearby park tomorrow. Hopefully some more Japs among them.


  5. John Holmes says:

    Red-flanked Bluetail…… good winter for them down here in HK too !

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