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The fragility of a Birding Mojo

Posted Monday 17th March 2014 at 23:15 by Green Sandpiper
I've mentioned before my hope that this would be a 'good year' not necessarily a 'big year' as too much else in life impacts on my birding, but a year of quality birding, new places, new species, immersing myself in birds and nature. Its funny though how the birding gods conspire to keep your feet on the ground- for every ying of a great day out, there's the yang of a blown weekend. Take a couple of recent weekends.

The first of my big days out (where I had been promised the car...
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Birdwatching trip in Bulgaria and Greece, March 8-15, summary trip report

Posted Sunday 16th March 2014 at 10:18 by dancho_hristov
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In the period March 8-15 a friend and i did a tailored birdwatching trip in Bulgaria and Greece. Here I shall try to recap all the information with some figures.

My friend came over with the aim to see 8 target species: Dalmatian Pelican, Saker Falcon, Capercaillie, Three-toed Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Pygmy Owl, Rock Partridge and Black Vulture. From all these 8 species we managed to see half of them: Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Owl, Rock Partridge and Black Vulture.
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Plight of the New Zealand Dotterel.

Posted Friday 14th March 2014 at 10:24 by Rick and Elis
Without doubt the New Zealand Dotterel is one of the most beautiful, if understated, of waders. It is endemic to New Zealand and is considered to be Endangered. It is the largest of the Charadrius plovers and is divided into two subspecies. The nominate Charadrius o. obscurus is very rare and breeds just on Stewart Island off South Island. Its population has risen from a low of 62 birds to 250 after feral cats were controlled on the island. Charadrius o. aquilonius lives at the north end of the...
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Faculty of Education UCM

Posted Friday 14th March 2014 at 05:06 by Moncho
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On a cold and dry winter mornig in Madrid I took a walk around the Faculty of Education at Moncloa Complutense University Campus. I was flown over by this Kestrel while It was impossible not to see the wood pigeons .
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Single species wader families.

Posted Wednesday 12th March 2014 at 14:12 by Rick and Elis
The suborder Charadrii i.e. waders or shorebirds are dominated by two very large families. The largest is the Scolopacidae with around 90 species and the Charadriidae with getting on for 70 species. However there are three families that have but 1 species within them; Dromadidae (Crab Plover); Ibidorhynchidae (Ibisbill); Pedionomidae (Plains Wanderer). In addition there are two species that on the Wader Quest list are in a family of their own Pluvionidae (Egyptian Plover); Pluvianellidae (Magellanic...
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