Laotieshan latest

Paul Holt continues to enjoy his birding at Laotieshan.  Yesterday (Tuesday) he saw two Golden Eagles (in addition to seven Greater Spotted Eagles) plus both Siberian and Alpine Accentors.  A Marsh Grassbird (Japanese Swamp Warbler) was also something of a surprise.

As an aside, check out this beast photographed at Wild Duck Lake on Sunday…  any ideas as to identification?

Beetle sp, Wild Duck Lake, 9 October


I love my macro lens..!

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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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6 Responses to Laotieshan latest

  1. Spike says:

    It’s a Tiger Beetle, Cicindelidae, not sure which one. They are highly predatory, take dogs and small children

  2. Spike says:

    you could send the photo to Dave Pearson at

  3. phil says:

    hi terry
    it is a tiger beetle, better photo here

    Tiger Beetle

    hee hee
    I will try and track it down properly

  4. phil says:

    hi terry
    it is Cicindela (Sophiodela) chinensis
    cheers p

  5. Spike says:

    Hi Phil and Terry
    I think is is Cicindela nitida, rather than chinensis. A google search gives some nice images

  6. Hi Spike, Phil and Ted,
    Thanks for the comments… It’s definitely a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela) and I think Spike is right to say it’s a Cicindela nitida. A beautiful insect! Those jaws look incredibly powerful for such a small creature… I wouldn’t want to be prey!
    Cheers, T

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