Friday, 19 May 2017

Mongolia - 19th May (Day 12) - Sangiin Dalai Lake to Hustai National Park (Part 1)

I awoke at Sangiin Dalai Lake at 05:00 to the sound of calling Demoiselle Crane and Common Crane and was up before the rest of the team. After a quick coffee we birding the lake environs once more, Barry, Jon and I heading to the main lake. One of the smaller lakes on the way held a stunning summer plumage Terek Sandpiper as well as Long-toed Stint, Temmink’s Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt and a breeding pair of Whooper Swan. We wandered through the longer rushes tryiong to find a few warblers but it seemed fairly quiet on the migrant front with just two Dusky Warbler and none of the hoped for Locustella warblers. The main lake was vast and many of the birds were very distant but we recorded 12 Snejneger's Scoter and many Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Pochard and various dabbling duck. The three shallower pools were more productive with a Baillon’s Crake showing well but a little distantly plus six White-winged Black Tern, Mongolian Gull, Black Stork, Ruff, Long-toed Stint, Marsh Sandpiper and after breakfast our best views yet of Asian Dowitcher.

Raven raiding a Lapwing nest - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Whooper Swan - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Whooper Swan - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Demoiselle Crane - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Mongolian Lark - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Spotted Redshank - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Terek Sandpiper - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Spoonbill - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Spoonbill - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Rock Sparrow - Sangiin Dalai Lake 

Rock Sparrow - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Rock Sparrow - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Rock Sparrow - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Blyth's Pipit - Sangiin Dalai Lake

White-winged Black tern - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Citrine Wagtail - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Citrine Wagtail - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Citrine Wagtail - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Citrine Wagtail - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Asian Dowitcher - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Asian Dowitcher - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Asian Dowitcher - Sangiin Dalai Lake

Asian Dowitcher - Sangiin Dalai Lake

After packing our bags we continued north-wards through gradually greener vegetation as we left the grip of the Gobi Desert. Our next stop was a relatively small, reed dominated lake known as Bayan Nuur (click on link below for Part 2 of this post).

Links to Other Days of the Trip (Click to View)
Day 1 and 2 – International flight then Ulaanbaatar to Mungum Sum
Day 3 -  Mungunmorit and Gachuurt area
Day 4 - Drive to Dalanzadgad
Day 5  – Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Day 6 - Gurvan Saikhan National Park
Day 7 - Gobi Desert and Khongor Sand Dunes
Day 8 – Gobi Desert to Bogd
Day 9 - Baga Bogd Mountain and Kholboolj Lake
Day 10 - Kholboolj Lake and Barig Mountain
Day 11 - Barig Mountain and Sangiin Lake
Day 12 (Part 2) - Sangiin Lake and Bayan Lake
Day 13 - Hustai National Park and Terelj National Park
Day 14 - Terelj National Park and Gachuurt Area
Day 15 and 16 - Gachuurt Area, Tuul River and International flight