Dulongjiang, Pianma, Gaoligongshan, Yunnan Province 
云南省高藜貢山、獨龍江、 片馬
September, 2009 九月
 
Introduction
 
We travelled before the “autumn rains had given way” but saw enough of the scenery, wildlife and culture to make for a memorable trip.   We had tried to visit Dulongjiang in April 2009, but were foiled by a landslide.  This was more of a “trip with birding “ than a “birding trip”.
 
 
Sept 19
 
We flew from Shenzhen to Kunming and on to Tengchong. We birded Lai Feng Shan on the outskirts of Tengchong on a misty, wet evening. Because the road was too muddy to drive up we had to tackle the long flights of steps on foot at the end of a long day. There was little reward, in terms of birds – but Rusty-capped Fulvetta and Black-throated Tits were among the residents we renewed acquaintance with.
 
Sept 20
 
Driving out of Tengchong in a hired minivan we saw Great and Little Egrets in  heavily cultivated fields to the east of town before we reached the Gaoligong range.  We paused at the “Gibbon Research Centre” at the high point of the road where it was very misty. It was dripping wet, and visibility was about twenty metres, but the weather cleared as we descended towards the Salween river valley.  Once we had reached a roadside strip of restaurants beside the river we headed north. A Blue-tailed Bee-eater provided some excitement on a roadside wire. Later, we poked around near an old early communist-era bridge over the Nujiang (Salween) river where Green-billed Malkoha was a bonus bird with hundreds of House Swifts and Plain Martins nesting in tunnels in a sandbank on the east side of the river.
 
Arriving in Liuku we met “Mahuang” a driver/guide/personality and proprietor of the  “Delamu” guesthouse in Bingzhongluo (north of Gongshan), who was to be our host for the next 9 days.  Dinner was taken in a “ Dai Minority” restaurant overlooking the river.  It was tasty, inexpensive food in an unfamiliar style.