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Faculty of Education UCM

Posted Friday 14th March 2014 at 06:06 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 15:12 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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Rufous-chested Dotterel

Posted Monday 10th March 2014 at 12:50 by Rick and Elis
While we were still living in Brazil on the 27th June 2011, Elis and I, with a visiting birder from the USA, David Bates, went to do some birding at the small tidal marsh in front of the town of Parati in Rio de Janeiro. There wasn't much about and we were getting ready to leave when Elis saw what at first we thought was an American Golden Plover at a fair distance on the grassy area. When I looked at the bird thrugh my bins I was stunned to see that it was a Rufous-chested Dotterel...
http://www.waderquest.org/2014/03/ru...-dotterel.html
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Good looking gulls.

Posted Sunday 9th March 2014 at 14:45 by Rick and Elis
I don't know about you, but I'm not one of those that finds gulls fascinating, unlike with waders I can't sit and sift through a flock and study the minutiae of plumage details. Don't misunderstand me though, I find them really attractive and on our travels around the world we have seen some real corkers...
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African Wattled Lapwing

Posted Friday 7th March 2014 at 14:01 by Rick and Elis
What we refer to as African Wattled Lapwing is sometimes called Senegal Wattled Lapwing or by others simply Wattled Lapwing and it is subdivided into three races. The nominate race Vanellus senegallus senegallus occurs from Senegal and The Gambia on the Atlantic coast of west Africa, east to Sudan, Zaire and northern Uganda. The second, V. s. major occurs just in Ethiopia and Eritrea...
http://www.waderquest.org/2014/03/af...d-lapwing.html
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