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Atlapetes blancae, 8 years later, still not found. Wish or Species?

Posted Saturday 20th December 2014 at 08:00 by dolhijn
his newly described species is listed as Critically Endangered because there are no known populations and the last record is from 1971; consequently if it does remain extant it is assumed that any population must be tiny. The species was collected on the Llano de Ovejas, a small plateau at 2,400-2,800 m. This species has been discovered solely based on three speciemens in musea. It had been collected last in 1971, the two other speciemens are undated. In fact, in conservation terms there is not...
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The Sangihe Dwarf-Kingfisher

Posted Friday 19th December 2014 at 19:24 by dolhijn
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The Sangihe Dwarf-Kingfisher has not been recorded since 1997 and it is probably in continuing decline because of habitat loss or already extinct. The species is described in Hume’s “Extinct Birds” published in 2012. Ceyx fallax and C. sangirensis were before 2014 lumped as C. fallax.
No recent surveys (f.e Riley 1999, Faustino 2003, Burung 2014), reported the species. It seems to be extinct on Sangihe, some suggest it might survive in dense patches of forest near urban areas. Hardly any...
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Three purple swamphen in Mar de Ontígola. Aranjuez.

Posted Friday 19th December 2014 at 07:08 by Moncho
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I went to see the pond of Mar de Ontígola in Aranjuez. Where to my surprise I saw two purple swamphens. It is rare to see them on the sheet of water, more frecuently they are into the reeds. Its large size, like a chicken with long legs, Its dark blue-purple, almost black, color and his red beak and legs make these birds unmistakable.

Porphyrio Porphyrio is present in everywhere but in most of Europe is almos extant limited to the western Mediterranean...
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Pond of Soto de las Juntas. Second sighting hut.

Posted Friday 12th December 2014 at 06:43 by Moncho
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I kept seeing great crested grebes in the second sighting hut while it started to rain.
In the distance I saw an egret. In fact I had seen it overflying me from the first sighting hut, but from there it was impossible to see it.
Also appeared more black necked grebes, I saw two groups of two. Two thrushes flew beside me. Coots were also present. 200 meters across the pond and the rain I saw two little grebes. And thanks to a couple of colleagues who arrived...
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An early Steart

Posted Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 18:25 by efrs
As the nights draw in it has been decided that the EFRS need to wake up and get cracking just that little bit earlier. So it was 5:30 when my annoying alarm went off, blurting out its monotonous tune whilst vibrating madly on the bedside cabinet. I am well practiced in fumbling in the dark (oh er!) and soon I was dressed, fed and ready to go.

As I swung into Glastonbury to meet Andrew I noted all the lights were off at his place. Was he still in bed?

Nope, he was...
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