The flight from Beijing via Chengdu was great! The weather was perfect, and the eastern parts of the Himalayas gave spectacular views. Tsering Dorge met us at the airport (Gonkkar), and we drove slowly towards Lhasa while birding from the road. There were lots of birds to see, and Ruddy Shelducks, Bar-headed Geese and Goosanders were the most numerous species. Other good birds include a young White-tailed Eagle (!), five different Great Cormorants, two Ibisbills, a Great Grey Shrike (rarity?) and several Spot-billed Ducks.
When arriving in Lhasa in the afternoon we checked in at the Kyichu hotel, and went out to eat dinner. Moving slowly and taking it easy is important the first days in this altitude. I did have any problems with the height during the evening, but living in the fourth floor at the hotel made my breath go fast. The first night was pretty OK, I only woke up a few times to drink water.
Total species list from today: Bar-headed Goose (2600), Ruddy Shelduck (850), Mallard (55), Northern Pintail (4), Eurasian Teal (28), Goosander (250), Hill Pigeon (110), Ibisbill (2), Common Redshank (1), Wood Sandpiper (2), Great Black-headed Gull (12), Brown-headed Gull (10), White-tailed Eagle (1), Himalayan Griffon Vulture (1), Great Cormorant (5), Great Grey Shrike (1), Black-billed Magpie (25), Great Tit (5), Winter Wren (2), Tree Sparrow (250), White Wagtail ssp. alboides (15), Great/Streaked Rosefinch (35).