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Up to now I have kept my records in the form of journals but hope to record on here details of my varied birding sessions, from the mundane patch stuff to the far flung trips I am sometimes lucky enough to get to make.

I will add pics and maps and all sorts once I work out how so please excuse early fumblings. As I mentioned in my hello message I am an Irishman who lived and birded in the UK. A recent contract took me to Saudi Arabia where birding is practiced by a dedicated few but the diversity is breathtaking. Blogs will be mainly from KSA for the moment but try to bird everywhere I go :)
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Dr. Rob Tovey

Posted Monday 22nd October 2018 at 16:42 by brackenb
It is with great sadness I have recently heard of the passing of Rob Tovey recently of Mauritania, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Rob was an avid birder of all of these countries and contributed much to the birding records of each of these much under reported lands. He was a good friend and mentor and will be greatly missed.
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Very sad to hear this. I never met him, but I regularly read his excellent blog birdingforalark, and we were often in contact by e-mail. I was first in contact with him while he was in Libya, where he did so much to explore the country and spread his knowledge to other birders. He will be missed by many.
Posted Monday 12th November 2018 at 06:42 by tjbirder999 tjbirder999 is offline
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I have only just seen this on the ID Q and A

I followed Rob’s blog avidly as he reported from underwatched locales. I liased with him on ID a few times and i am saddened that he has passed away

Rob had relatives locally in Kidderminster and we had arranged to go out birding locally when he could manage it whilst visiting at some stage - a real pity as i love putting faces to names of my ‘Internet’ friends...

RIP mate

Laurie -
Posted Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 10:33 by rollingthunder rollingthunder is offline
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