What really surprised me was the amount of wildlife that I saw. I didn't expect that many animals. The most obvious of the animals are the buzzards. They are everywhere! There were quite a number of different birds. Some of them are migrants on their way between summer nesting grounds and wintering sites.
Nature pictures of Mongolia and other bird pages are linked:
?? Unknown Passerine bird (Passeriformes fam., german: Sperlingsvögel). (575k) Gulls (Laridae gen., german: Möwenverwandte, french: Laridés). (784k) Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina, german: Isabellsteinschmätzer, french: Traquet isabelle). (822k) Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris, german: Alpenbraunelle, french: Accenteur alpin). (967k) Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria, german: Mauerläufer, french: Tichodrome échelette). This bird was well camouflaged when it sat, but when opened, its wings were a bright red. (1079k) Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops, german: Wiedehopf, french: Huppe fasciée). I have seen this species of bird in many countries. (696k) Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, german: Alpenkrähe, french: Crave à bec rouge). (928k) Common Ravens (Corvus corax, german: Kolkrabe, french: Grand Corbeau). (852k) Common Gull (Larus canus, german: Sturmmöwe, french: Goéland cendré). (652k) A Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea, german: Rostgans, french: Tadorne casarca) on one of the lakes. (765k) Bar-headed Geese (Anser indicus, german: Streifengans, french: Oie à tête barrée). (991k) A Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus, german: Singschwan, french: Cygne chanteur) on the White Lake. (685k) A Black Stork (Ciconia nigra, german: Schwarzstorch, french: Cigogne noire). I didn't get close enough to get a good picture of it. (737k) A group of Demoiselle Cranes (Grus virgo, german: Jungfernkranich, french: Grue demoiselle). There were a lot of these cranes in the north-central parts of Mongolia. They are one of the migratory species that breed in Mongolia. (821k) A Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo, german: Jungfernkranich, french: Grue demoiselle). (927k) A bunch of Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus, german: Mönchsgeier, french: Vautour moine), the darker, larger birds, and Himalayan Griffon Vultures (Gyps himalayensis, german: Schneegeier, french: Vautour de l'Himalaya), the smaller, paler birds, having dinner. (964k) Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis, german: Schneegeier, french: Vautour de l'Himalaya). (854k) Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis, german: Schneegeier, french: Vautour de l'Himalaya) in flight. (661k) A Black Kite (Milvus migrans, german: Schwarzmilan, french: Milan noir) in flight. (764k) A Black Kite (Milvus migrans, german: Schwarzmilan, french: Milan noir) in flight. (705k) Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis, german: Steppenadler, french: Aigle des steppes). (935k) Steppe Eagle in flight. (727k) ?? Unknown raptor in flight. (415k)