In the sweltering heat (it’s hit 39 degrees C this week), I visited Wild Duck Lake on Saturday. I was hoping for some bitterns (There has been a Cinnamon Bittern in the Olympic Forest Park for the last week or so and Schrenck’s Bitterns have been seen along the Wenyu River in Beijing) and maybe some locustella warblers. I saw very few of the former and none of the latter! But I did see an unexpected variety of raptors with Short-toed and Great Spotted Eagles, Saker, Amur Falcons and spectacular views of Eastern Marsh Harriers. A probable Blunt-winged Warbler was another highlight, singing frustratingly distantly from the boardwalk (dodgy photo below).
As I was watching the spectacular Eastern Marsh Harriers, this Indian Cuckoo flew over my head calling incessantly…
And this is the ‘acro’ that was singing in the shrubby part of the reedbed.. Blunt-winged? The supercilium ends very soon behind the eye… but can I be sure from this image? Unfortunately it was always distant.
Finally, just for fun, here is a phylloscopus warbler in an unusual pose.. anyone want to have a go at identifying it?
I also recorded a calling crake/rail that I think could be my first Ruddy-breasted Crake.. a little research needed on Xeno-Canto Asia!
Full species list to follow.