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The Moggs Creek miracle; A Hooded Plover story.

Posted Yesterday at 20:43 by Rick and Elis
A pair of Hooded Plovers at Moggs Creek were tending their eggs and were very close to their hatching date. Tragically one of them, bearing the leg flag HE, went missing. Its decapitated body was found the day after hatching and the volunteers that were monitoring the beach suspect that it was killed by a fox....http://www.waderquest.org/2015/02/th...ed-plover.html
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Manzanares river entering Jarama river I

Posted Friday 20th February 2015 at 09:07 by Moncho
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After leaving the sun of the day December 30, 2014 I started on the left bank of the Manzanares from Km 19 of the AIII Highway to Casa Eulogio. Some morning starlings were in the branches. At that time also storks waked up. A heron had already taken positions in the river to begin its fishing in a small river ford. It was next to fifteen teals and 7 mallards.
On the poplars 70 doves had not yet left their roosts.
Continuing along the river a couple teals,...
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Great northern loons and albino oystercatcher in Corrubedo

Posted Sunday 15th February 2015 at 09:05 by Moncho
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Upon reaching the beach I saw a group of oystercatchers accompanied by some curlew and one turnstone flying towards the rocks
I started to do a count on the rocks left to right.
Bringing the final count was 39 oystercatchers, 33 seagulls 7 whimbrels, perhaps a curlew, eight bar-tailed godwits, 6godwits, 3 turnstone, and one plover.
I came back two days later at December 27, and thanks to a fellow who had good binoculars I spotted two great northern...
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Fulfilling weekend in Cheshire and Wirral.

Posted Tuesday 10th February 2015 at 15:36 by Rick and Elis
Friday afternoon saw Elis and I heading up a heavily congested motorway network taking four hours to complete a three hour journey but we still arrived with plenty of time for our talk to the Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society (CAWOS). We were greeted by a packed hall of around 50 people which is always encouraging. Once again we were humbled by the reception Wader Quest and its aims were given. As for the talk, our usual yardstick of no-one drifting off or leaving was met but one poor gentleman...
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San Antonio Beach

Posted Friday 6th February 2015 at 10:02 by Moncho
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I found this heron just after parking, beside the rocks behind the church of Maño. Then it got scared and he went to the rocks of the Point of the Castriños.
Two yellow-legged gulls fished in front of me.
The beach was full of shellfish workers, making it difficult to observe other birds that were not adventurous seagulls.
A cormorant swam a little further and there were two in a musselfarming plattform.
A crow and a gul made a great fuss....
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