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Back in Brazil

Posted Sunday 26th May 2013 at 11:48 by Rick and Elis
We predicted that the first wader we would see in Brazil would be Southern Lapwing and probably at the airport before we even left the plane. However we had forgotten that it would be dark at 5:30 in S.E. Brazil at this time of year. Although we did look for them in the airport lights we were unlucky, but soon caught up with them along the approach road to the airport.
We then drove down to our favourite swamp at the side of the road on Mogi das Cruzes and there we saw some more Southern...
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'Western' and 'Eastern' Willet? What's that all about?

Posted Monday 13th May 2013 at 09:50 by Rick and Elis
Willet Tringa semipalmata. Formerly in a genus of it's own Catoptrophorus and originally described as Scolopax semipalmata by Gmelin in 1789.
Willet has traditionally been considered a single species and indeed still is officially and by most people. The fact that the two subspecies were possibly contenders for splitting came to my notice when Elis and I found the first documented record of the species in the state of São Paulo. During research for the article that we wrote about the event...
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Texas and Louisiana summary.

Posted Friday 10th May 2013 at 08:43 by Rick and Elis
A short one week trip to Texas and Louisiana was designed to catch up with some of the arctic breeding waders that pass through the USA on their way north form the Neotropics. There are two flyways involved here, the Mississippi Americas and Atlantic Americas.
We gave a presentation on the Saturday evening to a packed hall of some 70 members of the LOS. The presentation started by talking about the importance of the inter-tidal zones of the world stressing how they are greatly threatened...
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Dotterel at last.

Posted Wednesday 8th May 2013 at 09:26 by Rick and Elis
Dotterels are among the most attractive of Charadrius plover. They are hard to catch up with and live in soe of the remotest places on the planet along with many otgher waders. For these reasons Dotterel hold a special place in most birders' hearts.
They breed in uplands and arctic tundra where the vegetation is sparse and short, in the UK they breed at the top of Cairngorm in the Scottish Highlands in their westernmost outpost. They breed across Scandinavia and Russia as far as the Chukotskiy...
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Galveston, Texas.

Posted Sunday 5th May 2013 at 00:18 by Rick and Elis
First thing we went to the East Jetty to check out a report that an American Oystercatcher had been seen loafing in among the many Black Skimmers that spend much time sitting on the beach and sandbank. Unfortunately the covered look-out point didn't afford us much cover as there was a strong wind coming in off the sea so the rain was coming in almost horizontally. Try as we might we couldn't locate this bird and as the weather was so atrocious we decided to head for a back-up site, the one we missed...
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