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'STOP Shorebirds from dying'. BirdLife Australia appeal and Farewell Shorebirds proje

Posted Tuesday 24th March 2015 at 16:12 by Rick and Elis
Imagine how tired you would feel if you had to make the incredible non-stop flight from Alaska to Australia like Bar-tailed Godwits do. It would be the equivalent of you running a marathon, non-stop for 9 days at 53kph the whole way with no food, water or rest. Some feat!

Bar-tailed Godwits obviously arrive in Australia after such a journey exhausted and very hungry, they will have lost 50% of their body weight along the way...http://www.waderquest.org/2015/03/st...-birdlife.html
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The last thing a Blue Tit wants to see - but often does!

Posted Monday 23rd March 2015 at 19:37 by Rick and Elis
A sparrowhawk locking-on to it!
This beauty spent some time sitting on our bird bath beneath the feeders today...
before moving off to the fence and then away empty taloned.

Fantastic prolonged views of this handsome fellow that as a youngster I could only dream of. Mind you having these birds around may be good for us, but not so much fun for the other birds in the garden...http://www.rick-simpson.com/
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Goldeneye in eclipse!!! And it's only March!

Posted Friday 20th March 2015 at 21:31 by Rick and Elis
Not eclipse plumage then obviously. Today we were lucky enough to witness a partial exclipse of the sun here in Newport Pagnell where the sun forever shines. Here is a photo Elis took of the event.
As if this wasn't exciting enough upon deciding to check out the lake as there seemed to be a fair amount of duck activity, I espied our first Goldeneyes, a pair. This brings our Cottage total up to just one short of the magic 80. (Not sure why it is magic actually but it is a sort of landmark)......
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Manzanares entering Jarama IV

Posted Friday 20th March 2015 at 07:58 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 20:37 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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