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Birding Tours to Poyang Lake in Winter - A Spectacle of Cranes
   

Starts: Beijing;                                                                            Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Nanchang / Jiujiang / Jingdezhen / Beijing;     Duration:  2 Days 


Poyang Lake is the largest fresh water lake in China, the lake covers up to 5,500 square kilometers during the summer rainy season, but water levels can fall by as much as 15 meters by the end of the winter dry season. This seasonal change creates a mosaic of shallow residual lakes ideal for water birds, which congregates in the tens or even hundreds of thousands.

Highlights

  • Mt. Lushan
  • Poyang Lake National Wetland Park 

Starts: Beijing;                                                                            Ends: Beijing

Itinerary: Beijing / Nanchang / Jiujiang / Jingdezhen / Beijing;     Duration:  2 Days 

Day 01: Beijing – Nanchang – Jiujiang (L)  

  • Flight: MU2091; 07:40 / 09:55 (China Eastern Airlines)
  • Your own transfer for the flight to Nanchang.
  • Upon arrival, you'll be warmly greeted by your private guide, and then transfer to have lunch.  
  • In the afternoon, the guide will take you up to the top of Mt. Lushan area, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery on the mountain area, the spots are the Flower Pathway, the Meilu Villa (literally meaning Beautiful Villa), Ruqin Lake and Kuling Street.
  • After sightseeing, transfer to Jiujiang for rest.
  • Overnight in Jiujiang

Day 02: Jiujiang - Jingdezhen - Beijing (B, L)

  • Flight: CA1888; 20:00 / 22:15 (Air China) 
  • Morning transfer to Poyang Lake National Wetland Park, you will take a boat there see the migratory birds around the outside lake, you will see thousands of wild geese, swans and cranes.
  • In the late afternoon, transfer for the flight back to Beijing.
  • *It's around 3hrs driving from Jiujiang to Poyang Lake National Wetland Park.*
  • *It's around 2hrs driving from Poyang Lake National Wetland Park to Jingdezhen.*
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Price:

*Based on Twin Sharing Basis*

Age Classification

Price Based on Per Person in Cash

Adult ( 12 years old)

RMB 5,800 / Adult

Child (< 12 years old)

RMB 4,350 / Child with an extra-bed


Accommodations:

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Jiujiang

Jiujiang S&N International Hotel (5 Star)

Standard Room



Included Services:

  • All domestic flight mentioned in the program in economy class including airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All private transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • Private English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast; L: lunch).

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Remarks:

  • Quotation based on min. 6 adults traveling together.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability.

Bird watching equipment

1. Dress: Please don't wear bright clothes. Try to wear natural colors such as grey, grass green, brown. Please wear trousers and a coat to protect yourself from insect bites. Sneakers will be helpful as well.

2. Binoculars: Birds have high vigilance; hence it is hard to observe them at close quarters. The basic equipment for birdwatchers is a pair of binoculars-  15-60-fold binoculars with tripod is recommended, a 7-10-fold will work as well.

3. Notebook and pencil with eraser: Take note of the bird's markings, movements, song, feeding habits and size. This will assist in later identifying the species.

Bird watching rules

1. Respect the birds.

2. Respect the law.

3. Do not get too close to the birds.

4. Don't catch any birds.

5. When you are taking photos of the birds, please turn off the flash.

6. Some species of birds are shy. If they hide, do not try and force them to come out by improper means.

Bird watching ethics 

Everyone who partakes in bird watching must always respect wildlife, wildlife habitats, and the rights of other wildlife viewers.  In any conflict of interest between birds and birdwatchers, the welfare of the birds and their environment must come first. There are some simple birding ethics- rules birders should keep in mind while out looking for feathered friends. Here are some basic rules of birding ethics.

Promote the welfare of birds and their environment 

Avoid disturbing or stressing birds, especially breeding birds, which can be very susceptible to stress. They may abandon a nest of eggs or chicks if they are unduly disturbed. Similarly, don't harass them with excessive use of bird calls, and don't disturb a nest or handle eggs or chicks that you come across.

Hands off

Birders should never physically touch a bird without extreme cause. While it may be necessary to move an injured bird to a safe location or to help relocate fledglings that fall from a nest, it is always best to avoid touching birds. If it is necessary, they should be handled as little as possible. Wear gloves to avoid any bacterial contamination and quickly put the bird in a safe, calm area where they can recuperate naturally.

Respect the law and the rights of others

Follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing use of roads and public areas. Take care not to offend other people while you are bird watching: respect private property and the privacy of others. Don't disrupt the enjoyment that other people are getting from their own activities.

Safety first

Conscientious birders practice safe behavior not only for the birds, but also for themselves. Safety tips include:

·Remain on marked, safe trails at all times

·Wear sun protection gear such as sunscreen and sunglasses

·Stay hydrated on long birding hikes

·Inform others of your plans in case you fail to return

·Do not handle injured birds or other wildlife

·Wash hands thoroughly after cleaning or refilling feeders and bird baths

·Teach children to respect birds and observe them safely  

Birding is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, and an ethical birder is a polite one. Bird watching as a recreational activity can go a long way, and by abiding with the code of ethics then everyone can benefit from this great sport

Bird watching tips for beginners

Birds are active and fast moving animals and you need to spot as many details as possible in a short period of time. There are some tips that experienced bird watchers do to maximize the short and precious time for viewing

Hint 1. A Field Guide

You need a field guide for your area. A field guide is a book with pictures of the birds and tips for identifying them. Always observe first and then refer to your identification book because the bird may not remain where it can be readily observed for a long period of time.

Hint 2. Keep Your Eyes on the Bird
 

Once a bird is immediately spotted, maximize every moment of seeing and observing the bird. Keep your eye fixed on the bird and study it—absorb details of its markings, movements, song, feeding habits, and size. You may want to jot down notes or quickly sketch things that catch your eye, but don't focus too much on your jottings. You don't know how long it will be before the bird dashes off, out of sight. 

Hint 3. Listen for Sounds

Did you hear the bird make any sounds? Will you recognize them when you hear them again? When identifying a certain song to a bird, notice the movement of the bill. This would make sure that the song is indeed coming from that specific bird.

Hint 4. Estimate General Size and Shape

The approximate size and shape of the bird will often give you many clues when placing it into the correct family of birds

Hint 5.Take Note of Bill Characteristics and Facial Markings

Note the details of the head. Look for distinctive strips and patches of color including crown stripes, eye lines, nape color, eye arcs or rings. At the same time, make a note of the color and shape and the location of the bird's bill.

Hint 6. Observe Wing Bars and Tail Shape

Keep an eye out for wing bars, color patches and markings on the body. Pay attention to the color of its back and belly, the length and shape of the tail.

Hint 7. Observe the Leg

Is the leg of the bird long or short? If possible, determine if its feet are webbed or it has talons.

Hint 8. Study Movement and Flight Patterns

Study how the bird walks and holds its tail. Observe the flight pattern, does it swoop up and down in gentle arcs with each wing beat or does it glide gently and steadily?

Hint 9. Determine Feeding Habits

If you have a chance, try to identify the bird’s food. Does it cling to a tree trunk and dig at the bark looking for insects? Or does it searching for insects scurrying amongst blades of grass?

Hint 10. Record the Bird Watching

After the tour, write down anything you noticed including location and date. This can help you find out the birds’ species when you come back home.

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