Good Asian or European Wildlife site for late April/early May?
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2012 9:10 PM Last Post By: Api
Apr 24, 2012 2:17 PM
Apr 24, 2012 3:30 PM
16Laszlo - yeah I've learnt that from experience (esp trying to get BOP displays in Papua!), but thought at least if I aim out of the worst of the rains I shouldn't go far wrong.
Trekker502 - yeah China is on the list too - I saw the series and plan to go to photograph/film giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, takin, red panda, etc, etc.
Too much to do and too little time. As of things at the moment chances are looking a bit worse now, as will need to buy a car this week which will drain my funds and may have some work lined up. Guess I can always plan for later in the year/next season. Thanks both for the advice.
Apr 24, 2012 10:19 PM
17Good luck with Java - the easiest island to see wildlife in Indonesia.
Good luck with Yunnan, too!
A visitor without contacts and budget of the sort BBC has is likely to need it badly. ;-)
But I guess your China plans are for further North - and as I understand, even there you need to take $$$ tours to be able to see the "panda-zone" wildlife you've listed.
Apr 25, 2012 3:36 AM
Apr 25, 2012 5:30 AM
Apr 25, 2012 5:54 AM
20Checked now - there are indeed more trip reports, but all the ones involving Pandas seem to be of organized tours, seemingly even with the same company.
This comment in one of the reports might explain why:
... the only company in China allowed to offer ecotours to the Qinlings to search for these bears...
However at least one of the Yunnan reports, while also of an organized tour, seems to give some data that could help independent visits, too.
I'll look through these more thoroughly once I return to SW China - but this summer it's going to be Central Asia for me!
Apr 25, 2012 5:56 AM
21I will be going with a group of locals and Americans for the entire month. I also plan to extend my trip to tour the Tibetan Everest Basecamp.
Another place is Ecuador, known to have the largest diversity of bird species in the world. I have visited the Galapagos Islands plus the Amazon rainforest in Peru, and I had to purchase 4 bird ID books to begin to identify all of the species of birds that I saw.
Edited by: trekker502
Apr 25, 2012 8:17 AM
22I definitely heard the monkeys could be seen without being on an organised tour. Have fun in central Asia - bactrian camels and prewalski's horses?? I guess its wrong time of year to try for the snow leopard.
Been to Peru and the southern portion of Amazon there, but not the vardea forest in the north and never been to Ecuador/Galapagos. If only I had as much time and money as Laszlo ;)
Apr 25, 2012 11:24 PM
Apr 26, 2012 3:54 AM
24Api - I know May June are the best times for mammals, especially tigers in north/central india, but does the same apply to the south as well? I always thought it was more tropical and so wet to some extent year round? Rains are supposed to start earlier there aren't they? Like June in stead of July?? I guess if they're early parks will shut in May?
Apr 28, 2012 1:42 AM
25My Central Asia trip is not meant to focus on wildlife, though of course I'd like to see some, kind of as I combined cultural interests with wildlife when in the Caucasus.
I'm not horribly interested in reintroduced ex-captive populations so those wild horses and camels are not of great interest to me, I'd prefer to see saigas and kulans, actually. But even interested in seeing some of the rodents and herps of the region.
May 26, 2012 4:14 AM
26Done with Kazakhstan, and seen both saigas and kulans (the latter from ridiculously far) but also some other things of which 4 Tien Shan Brown Bears were the highlights.
Ah, and seen one of those "wild" Przewalski's horses, too - in a pen for medical treatment.
Having come from Munich Zoo, they are all so tame they come to eat from your hands even when out "in the wild", the rangers told me! ;-)
Jun 23, 2012 3:52 AM
27Great stuff Laszlo - it seems like some people have all the luck! Im preparing for Norway in August. Trying to find out about Flatanger in the north which is supposed to be good for raptors. Ever been?
Jun 26, 2012 2:18 AM
28'Ever' is quite a correct term - I was 10 when I visited Norway! :-)
If only it was not SOOO expensive... it's still one of the most stunning countries I've been to.
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