The craigbrelsford.com™ Cooperative Research Photographic Based Birding (PBB)® Sichuan-Yunnan 2014 Discovery Tour--quite a mouthful there--is complete! Which is to say, I'm back in Shanghai. The 23-day trip with Jon Gallagher (Maryland, USA) and Huang Xiao An (Beijing) covered three main areas: the Old Erlang Road and Mount Emei in Sichuan and the Dulong Valley in Yunnan. At Longcanggou, a power surge in our hotel and destroyed oil pan on our rented Chevy Captiva set us back, and everywhere, rain was our constant companion; but our team had mettle and never quit. The highlight of the trip is still under wraps;I'm waiting for Per Alstrom to emerge from the wilderness and green-light the publication of the news. The next-best highlight came on the Old Erlang Road, where I became one of the few persons on Earth toget sharp, clear, full-body, useful, photo-field-guide-ready (another mouthful there) images of a female firethroat (金胸歌鸲, jīnxiōng gēqú,Calliope pectardens). Much material from the tour is already up on craigbrelsford.com™; in the coming days and weeks, please keep checking my Latest Pictures (http://craigbrelsford.com/latest.html
),as new photos will be added daily and a report is forthcoming. Givingme particular pleasure on this trip was getting crisp, accurate IDs of many species of leaf warbler, including marginal species such as Davison's and Blyth's in Dulong. On my site you'll see a suite of photos of Phylloscopids, with more to come. The Dulong Valley is the Last Green Valley in China©, it being "last" in space (extreme NW Yunnan, hard by Burma) and last in the sense that while so many valleys in China have been chewed up and spit back out by man, this one remains pristine.