Female Roborovski's Rosefinch - Kozlowia roborowskii - 藏雀
Confined to the mountains of central Qinghai Province in western China, this is one of the rarest rosefinches. Photographed at the Er La Pass early in our tour before we had fully acclimatized to the high altitude, obtaining this image was a challenge. Nearer to sea level I can bring the camera to bear within a few seconds. In the thin air it would take up to a minute, sometimes longer, to settle myself, catch my breath and start shooting. Often birds wouldn't wait that long so I resigned myself to watching a lot of things fly away unphotographed.