Trip Reports from Asia

Two independent five week trips (August 1990 & August 1993) to Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah between them covering Danum Valley, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Poring Hot Springs, Mount Kinabalu, Niah Caves, Bako National Park and other sites. A total of 268 species were recorded and 36 mammals also. B Wetton

A fifteen-day trip in April 1998 , including a ten-day "£990 package" with Naturetrek. In the first five days we visited Phulchowki, Nagajung and Sivapuri whilst on the "package" we were joined by one other person for trips to Chitwan and Koshi in the lowland terai. A total of 331 species were recorded.
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A list of birds recorded in Thailand between 17th and 27th February 2001.
A total of 314 species recorded
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North East China:
A Sunbirder trip to Beidaihe in May 2001. A total of 226 species recorded
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A 14 day birdwatching trip to Thailand in February 2002 led by Kamol Komolphalin.
A personal total of 305 species recorded
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Sri Lanka:
A three week guided birdwatching holiday in Sri Lanka in November 2002.
A personal total of 255 species recorded
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A three week birdwatching holiday in Goa in November 2002.
A personal total of 302 species recorded
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North India:
In January and February 2004 Brian and Pat Wetton combined a visit to meet their son Ian with a birding holiday in Northern India. Using Asian Adventures to book their accommodation and transport and to provide a bird guide for the Himalayan part of the itinerary.
A total of 377 species recorded
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In March - April 2012 Brian and Pat Wetton went to Bhutan. Organised by Birdfinders, the tour was led by Chubzang Tangbi of Langur Ecotravel. He was a very good leader and birder and he and his team of driver (Depak), cook (Ilu) and camp crew (Rinzin, Sonam and Garitamgmy) provided excellent logistical support. The nine nights in hotels were of a good comfortable standard and the seven nights camping provided comfortable tents, campbeds, sleeping bags, camp fires and hot water bottles when necessary, and a very ample kitchen offering tasty food in camp and in the field during birding. The accompanying birders were Bob and Sue Ennis from British Colombia, Jim Hays from Arizona, and Brits Tim Key and Trevor Weston. It was a nice size group and the camaraderie was excellent.
A total of 268 species recorded (including 11 heard only)
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Cambodia & Vietnam:
Brian and Pat Wetton joined the Birdwatching Breaks group to Cambodia and Vietnam in February- March 2013. The group was very ably led by Chris Bradshaw with four other participants. The Sam Veasna Centre also provided a good bird guide, Mony, for the Cambodian section.
A total of 324 species of birds were recorded by Brian & Pat (of which 310 were seen)
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Brian and Pat Wetton joined the Zoothera tour to Armenia in 2018. It was led by Lee Collins with assistance from a local guide and translator and two other drivers. Some excellent hotels were provided for the tour.
A total of 198 species of birds were recorded by Brian & Pat (of which 11 were new)
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Brian and Pat Wetton decided to do back-to-back trips with Birdfinders to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in 2019. In Uzbekistan they had the opportunity to combine birdwatching with visits to the Silk Road Cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent to admire the restored and beautiful buildings and learn something of the history of this country. Uzbekistan was a welcoming country and they enjoyed the luxury of a small group with just themselves, Steve Cooper and their leaders Vaughan Ashby and Zazhid. They travelled from the Tien Shan Mountains in the east to the Kyzyl-Kum Desert in the west and stayed in nice hotels throughout.
A total of 112 species of birds were recorded by Brian & Pat (of which 8 were new)
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Following their Uzbekistan trip, Brian and Pat Wetton transferred to Kazakhstan for twelve days further birding with Birdfinders. Vaughan Ashby and local guide Artem lead the first 8 days with a group of 13 birders. On one day in the Tien Shan they were joined by Vaughan’s wife Svetlana. They stayed in hotels at Kazachka (south of Almaty) and Kapchagay, a small guesthouse at Shonzhy and a yurt camp at Konchengil in the Taukum Desert.

The last four days in the steppes west of Nur-Sultan, there were only four in the group, two Danes and Brian and Pat. They stayed in a family guesthouse in the village of Korgalzhyn where the wife of the family, Kenzhi, cooked for them. Our guide there was Ruslan who was responsible for the conservation of steppe birds including Sociable Lapwings, in partnership with Bird Life International and the RSPB.
A total of 225 species of birds were recorded by Brian & Pat (of which 16 were new)
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