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INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pictures on the following pages record a wildlife photography trip to Myanmar during January and February 2020. The visit started in the commercial capital of Myanmar, Yangon with an overnight stay. The following morning we visited Hlawga Park on the outskirts of the city before driving to the Irrawaddy Delta for a stay in the small town of Wakhema. The road journey was quite slow as a result of extensive road works and the need to cross several rivers by ferry, although bridges were under construction. Despite the area being quite remote the hotel accommodation was completely adequate and the provision of lunch in a small village was excellent. A return to Yangon and a further overnight was followed by a drive to Moe Yin Gyi Wetland Resort, a rather strange place used extensively as a recreational area by the local people. Despite the level of human activity there were plenty of photographic opportunities. From Moe Yin Gyi we transferred directly to Yangon airport for a flight to Bagan in the central dry zone of the country. Four nights in Bagan allowed extensive trekking around the thousands of Buddhist temples and pagodas scattered in the scrubland around the town. Unfortunately in this area the birds were very nervous and close photographic opportunities were difficult to come by.

A boat trip on the Irrawaddy River to a large island provided interesting views of some local agriculture and laborious and illegal gold prospecting. After Bagan we drove west to Natmataung National Park (Mount Victoria) in the Chin Hills. This proved to be a productive area for birds although close shots were again absent. The altitude on Mount Victoria made the weather conditions very variable with the mornings quite cold and later in the day hot and sunny. The absence of any heating in the Sky Palace Villa where we were staying at 1400 m led to some uncomfortable nights. After four nights on Mount Victoria we drove back to Bagan and the following day flew to Heho the gateway to Shan State. A stay in Pindaya on the shores of the lake preceded a stay in Kalaw which was a hill station during the British colonial period. The final destination in the trip was on Inle Lake where two days were spent on the lake observing a number of water birds and wetland species. A final flight from Heho airport returned us to Yangon for the return journey home.

 

 

 

 

 

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