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Villafáfila Ponds I. Bustards.

Posted Friday 17th April 2015 at 07:22 by Moncho
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The goal of going to Villafáfila Ponds was bustards. Walking towards Laguna de las Paneras I saw a good group of distant bustards flying far northwest, toward Revellinos. I could see them even closer later.

There were more than 50 bustards. This is the best place in Europe to see bustards in the mating season of march-april. There are sites with more amount but none with such concentration, within a radius of 4 KM north or east I have always seen...
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Great Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit tagging - news from Chris Hassell and the Global Fly

Posted Sunday 12th April 2015 at 16:12 by Rick and Elis
It has now been joined by six more all winging their way north; six are on the Chinese coast and one, the latest one to leave, is 370km north of Roebuck Bay over the Timor Sea.
Three Great Knots flew directly to Zhejiang Province and are in bays 200km apart. This is a flight of 5,200km. They took about 4 days so were averaging about 54kmph. One of these birds went 200km inland when it reached the Chinese coast but then swung round and landed on the coast. This track certainly surprised us!.....
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Spring in Corrubedo surroundings

Posted Friday 10th April 2015 at 06:52 by Moncho
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After seeing that migratory waders had not yet gone to their northern breeding places I went to the car and inevitably saw other birds around the beach. Half a dozen black starlings foraging for food among the lawn of a chalet.

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Long-billed Curlew tracking project.

Posted Thursday 9th April 2015 at 12:52 by Rick and Elis
The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) has been studying Long-billed Curlews in Idaho, USA, since 2009. When the project began, our goal was simply to help the Idaho Department of Fish and Game monitor a population of curlews that were nesting in southwestern Idaho near the towns of Emmett and Middleton. On our first day of surveys in 2009, the crew came across a dead curlew in the middle of the road. It had been shot...
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Back in the saddle; the car booting season begins!

Posted Tuesday 7th April 2015 at 13:25 by Rick and Elis
We have missed doing the car boot sales over the winter months, at least, we had been missing them up until around 05:00 hrs on Saturday morning when the idea of setting forth, overcoming the temptation to stay in our warm and comfy bed, was not so appealing once the moment had finally arrived. It was only after having flung the alarm clock out of the bedroom and down the stairs that I started to think about those intrepid birds that were either on the move or preparing to set off in the face of...
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