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Today at Blind 10 at Bǎihuālǐng, Elaine and I saw 18 species, among them our bird of the trip: a single Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler. Our other star today was 2 Moustached Laughingthrush. The Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler stayed only a minute, but that minute made our entire day. After another successful day in the blinds, I’m becoming more and more of a believer in the concept. The young man who guided us to Blind 10 today told us that about eight or nine young men like him serve as bird guides. These guys, all in their 20s and from the area, take photographers to and from the blinds. They probably make an adequate living doing this. Without the photographer-tourists, what would these young men be doing in the Bǎihuālǐng forest? In more than a week here at Bǎihuālǐng, I have yet to find bird netting, and I haven’t seen poachers. In other bird-rich but tourist-poor areas in Yunnan, I’ve found netting and seen poachers within hours of my arrival. The local people seem to take pride in their still-beautiful region. I see a glimmer of hope here at Bǎihuālǐng.

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    Details: Trochalopteron chrysopterum woodi

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