This special trip was led by Iain Robertson and accompanied by Dr J. T. R, Sharrock. In the 12 days in the field (4th-15th February), a total of 285 species was identified by the party. The highlights included a good selection of Palearctic species, together with many Oriental specialities (some of the best of which are also listed here): Night Nycticorax nyclicorax and Green Herons Butorides strialus, Cattle Bubulcus ibis, Little Egretta garzetta, Yellow-billed E. intermedia and Great White Egrets E. alba, Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus, Eastern Marsh Harrier Circus (aeruginosus) spilonotus, Mountain Hawk Spizaetus nipalensis and Black Eagles Ictinaetus malayensis, Red-thighed Falconet Microhierax caerulescens, Rufous-throated Tree Partridge Arborophila rufogularis, Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla, Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus, Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum, Lesser Sand Charadrius mongolus, Greater Sand C. leschenaultii and Lesser Golden Plovers Pluvialis dominica, Red-necked Calidris ruficollis, Temrninck's C. temminckii and Long-toed Stints C. subminuta, Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus, Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura, Marsh Sandpiper Tringa slagnatilis, Gull-billed Gelochelidon nilotica and Whiskered Terns Chlidonias hybridus, Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis, Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus, Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus, Fork-tailed Apus pacificus, Little A. affinis and Dark-rumped Swifts A. acuticaudus, White-breasted Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis, Little Green Merops orientalis and Blue-bearded Bee-eaters Nyctyornis athertoni, Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae, Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica, Richard's Anthus novaeseelandiae and Olive-backed Pipits A. hodgsoni, White-headed Bulbul Hypsipetes thomsoni, Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope, Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus, Blue-fronted Phoenicurus frontalis and Daurian Redstarts P. auroreus, Pied Stonechat Saxicola caprata, Grey Bushchat S. ferrea, Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius.

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