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Manzanares entering Jarama IV

Posted Friday 20th March 2015 at 06:58 by Moncho
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Once I reached the mouth of the Manzanares in the Jarama, I went back up to the car by the right bank of Jarama river for a couple of kilometres. A teal was just before Manzanares river entering.
There are more ducks at Jarama than in the Manzanares in their union. Perhaps because of the larger size of Jarama, or perhaps because the other side is El Porcal, a private property land and it is not permitted trespassing.
I saw a moorhen who hid among the...
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Life vs Birding- the battle continues

Posted Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 19:37 by Green Sandpiper
I'm a bad man. Not BAD bad, I mean, I'm not expecting to spend time in the jail or anything, but I'm guilty of making false promises.

2015, I vowed, was to be the year where I put my foot down and insisted on birding time, be assertive, assert my rights. It was also, incidentlly, the year where I'd post to this blog more regularly...ahem.

Anyway, now that the year is 3 months old, and I find myself on 102 species, having enjoyed a couple of Big Days Out with some...
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New ID feature for White-rumped and Baird's Sandpiper?

Posted Monday 16th March 2015 at 15:34 by Rick and Elis
Spending many hours looking at photographs, both our own and on the internet, and more recently at skins at the Natural History Museum in Tring, Elis and I noticed that there was a tendency for the feathering at the base of the bill of these two species to be distinctive and thought that perhaps this could be used as an additional feature to help ID a lone bird in a strange place...http://www.waderquest.org/2015/03/ne...umped-and.html
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Cranes in Pueblonuevo del Bullaque. Cabañeros.

Posted Friday 13th March 2015 at 07:15 by Moncho
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Pueblonuevo del Bullaque, next to the Cabañeros National Park is the best place I've found to approaching and photographing cranes. Looking to the east, to the harvested corn fields from the houses near the abandoned gas station is easy to see cranes close in the winter. The photos are taken from the coordinates 39º 18' N 4th 15.46'' 20.99'' 15' W.
This year I've posted pictures of cranes from that site. But only once I was lucky they were located nearby. It was...
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Tinicum’s Most Famous Bird, 35 years Later (Homage to Johnny Miller, 1939-2009) - Gue

Posted Monday 9th March 2015 at 13:32 by Rick and Elis
When Johnny Miller left his house near Philadelphia in the morning on October 19, 1979 to conduct his weekly shorebird census at “Tinicum,” a birdy patch of freshwater tidal marsh just a stone’s throw from his door, which he knew better than anyone had before (and, likely, since), he had no inkling that he was about to discover a feathered traveler from across the world. He drove over to the main entrance of the roughly 700-acre preserve that in 1972 had been designated the Tinicum National Environmental...
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