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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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Anniversary World Watch results

Posted Monday 8th December 2014 at 12:05 by Rick and Elis
The country with the highest list (and highest individual list) was from Peter Ericsson in Thailand with 33 species, and he still had some species that he could potentially have connected with if he had not been working that day. Additional species such as Greater Painted-Snipe, Malaysian Plover, White-faced Plover are all generally available as well as the potential for pratincoles and jacanas from that country all of which just goes to show what a great wader destination Thailand is.http://www.waderquest.org/2014/12/an...h-results.html
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Pond of Soto de las Juntas. End of October. First sighting hut.

Posted Friday 5th December 2014 at 08:43 by Moncho
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From the parking to the first sighting hut there is an almost a mile walk in which usually abound goldfinches.
Once in the sighting hut I saw before me a pair of great-crested grebes, perhaps the most common bird in the pond.
Already beginning to appear the first signs of spring plumage that will not be completed until February or March.
In the pond there is a good number of coots too.
A group of three black-necked grebes crossed the waters...
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