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Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) video

Posted Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 10:59 by Rick and Elis
Here is a series of photographs of the 1st non breeding Grey Phalarope we saw the other day, at the end is a link to the video I took when the memory card ran out as the bird approached! You'll see in the video that the bird seens to have some problems with it's face or bill as it spends much time scratching itself as it swims along.
http://www.waderquest.org/2012/11/gr...ulicarius.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NotO...w&feature=plcp
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Homesick

Posted Monday 26th November 2012 at 17:06 by Green Sandpiper
As you may have realised by now, I'm a farmboy, who thanks to various work and family commitments, tends to do his birding locally. I rarely have the chance to spread my wings and do any birding farther afield. And mostly, this is fine. I work my patches, I enjoy being out in the field for the sake of it, I feel at home, its as comfortable as a pair of slippers.

Sometimes, though, I get hit with a wanderlust, a desire to go birding elsewhere. Usually driven by reports from other...
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Birding in Barbados

Posted Sunday 25th November 2012 at 22:40 by jimmmer
Long Pond is a favorite with birds in Barbados you can see Shorebirds, Herons, Kingfishers and a number of Passerines birds it will play a major part in my quest for 2013 see Photos of Long Pond Barbados and the birds you can see and follow me @
http://100barbadosbirds.blogspot.com...long-pond.html
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The 1,000 Grey Phalarope.

Posted Sunday 25th November 2012 at 22:15 by Rick and Elis
Now that was an unusual day.

It started of rather samey with me and Elis trying hard to catch up with everything we needed to do leading up to our trip to the USA on Thursday. However, when Elis discovered that there was a Grey Phalarope near Clevedon in Avon things took on a new urgency. There were two very good reasons for us to try and see this bird, one, it would be a lifer for Elis and the other, it would save us about 1,000 by saving us a trip to Iceland for Wader Quest....
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Just to keep you on your toes

Posted Friday 23rd November 2012 at 22:06 by Rick and Elis
Most people who care about such things will probably be aware that the toes of a Long-toed Stint are slightly longer than the tarsus, whereas in the case of Least Sandpiper, which it greatly resembles otherwise, they are not, the tarsus and toes are about the same length. Most field observers will agree that this feature is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. The toes are rarely visible, these birds being denizens of wet muddy places by and large, and they will not often stop still long enough...
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