One of the World's Rarest Birds - Courtois' Laughing Thrush


Frogfish

Link Posted 15/07/2012 - 18:53
My trip to WuYuan was primarily in search of this bird, Courtois' Laughing Thrush, (and the Pied Falconets - though they are not endangered) armed with information on the exact locations in WuYuan where these very rare birds can be found (this information is not widely available and is just being passed on from birder to birder).

This is a little information on how endangered these birds are :

Even though the available data on courtoisi are still quite limited, enough is known to draw some tentative conclusions as to its status - given the fact that the known birds are now totally in one local population, with 150-160 individuals and in one small area only. In accordance with the latest version of the IUCN Red List Criteria 2000, (17) the subspecies courtoisi certainly qualifies as Endangered (EN), and quite possibly even Critically Endangered (CR), given its presumed population size and the range it actually seems to occupy. For example, of the four breeding sites of this taxon which have been located, none is larger than 10 ha in total size, which shows how phenomenally circumscribed the breeding territory of this relict subspecies has become.

The results of our exhaustive field searches reveal that the first, and for a long time also the only, record of Courtois's Laughingthrush, though nearly a century old, is by no means an incidental one. There has evidently long been a very small, remnant population of the bird tenaciously surviving in Wuyuan - and only Wuyuan.

In the last 10 years, the local authorities and government in Wuyuan County have been making constant efforts in conservation, including the delimiting of so-called Mini-Protected Areas (MPAs), with ranges varying from a few hectares to hundreds of hectares or even more. When field studies on courtoisi were initiated, more than 180 MPAs had already been established, which cover a remarkable portion of the territory of Wuyuan and should bode well for the future of the birds.


I hope you enjoy these shots at least part as much as I did taking them !

Two for Joy



And Baby Makes Three



Fluff



Fatty Bum Bum



Rainbow (sorry not great IQ but it amused me so I hope you enjoy it too) !



The Eyes Have It



Don't Bug Me !


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Stuey

Link Posted 15/07/2012 - 19:04
I really like these

Fatty Bum Bum is my favourite
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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matwhittington

Link Posted 15/07/2012 - 19:26
More beautiful shots of beautiful birds - nicely done indeed. Fatty bum bum for me too, although I do like and baby makes three as well very much.

Cheers
Mat W

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snappychappy

Link Posted 15/07/2012 - 21:45
Beautiful birds and a beautiful set of images.
My piccies.

Smeggypants

Link Posted 15/07/2012 - 22:18
#5 is by far my favourite. great shot
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Blythman

Link Posted 16/07/2012 - 08:26
This is a super set Kevin. #5 is a fabulous moment
Alan


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Frogfish

Link Posted 17/07/2012 - 14:24
Many thanks for the comments gentlemen ; Stuey, Mat, Snappy, Smeggy and Alan. Much appreciated.
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Nikon. D800. D600. Sigma 500/4.5, Nikon 300/2.8 VRII, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 35/2.0, Sigma 50/1.4, Nikkor 85/1.8, Nikon TC20EIII, Nikon TC14EII, Kenko x1.4, Sigma 2.0
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