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Pectoral Sandpiper in a forest setting.

Posted Friday 22nd March 2013 at 21:05 by Rick and Elis
Our friend David Lindo, The Urban Birder is oft heard to say that "just about anything can turn up anywhere at any time". Well how about a Pectoral Sandpiper on a sandy track in the Atlantic rainforest of south-east Brazil? Sound unlikely? Well it happened to us.

Back in 2010 before we returned to England we had been involved in a number of projects to promote bird conservation and protection of the forest. One of the projects we got involved with was called Brincando com...
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New release from Canon: 700D and 100D

Posted Thursday 21st March 2013 at 10:23 by dancho_hristov
Two new DSLRs announced from Canon: 700D and 100D. 700D follows the previous 650 D and the new 100D is in the lowest class of Canon. With its 400 gr it is the lightest and smallest DSLR currently on the market.

The 100D has 18 MP resolution, DIGIC 5 processor, 3 inces touchscreen and 1080p30 video. Price: 800 GBP with a kit lense EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.

See the review of the 100D here.

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Birdwatching in Bulgaria: migration series

Posted Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 20:39 by dancho_hristov
Migration season is one of the most favourite of many people. Having some time on Saturday I decided to go back to some of the sites where I went last weekend. My idea was to make some comparison and note the advancing migration. The results were evident. Last week there were Stonechats all over the place and this week they were really scarce. Only a few individuals were hiding in the bushes here and there.

The first breeding waterfowl were already in the area. About 7 Garganeys were...
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Jack Snipe and Green Sandpiper

Posted Saturday 16th March 2013 at 18:23 by Rick and Elis
Yesterday Elis and I visited Lemsford Springs nature reserve, which is run by the Herts and Middx Trust for Nature Conservation. This site is a small area which was farmed for water cress in the past and is now managed for wildlife. We went there as we had heard that a Jack Snipe had been seen there the previous day. The morning dawned bright and sunny and we were very hopeful of seeing this bird as it was also very cold a frosty but, even with warden Barry Trevis who accompanied us to the hides...
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Colour ringed Piping Plovers in Florida.

Posted Wednesday 13th March 2013 at 23:17 by Rick and Elis
When Elis and I were in Florida at the end of last year we saw and photographed a number of colour-ringed Piping Plovers. We knew that we would be able to find out a bit about these birds from our friend Robin Diaz who we met at Crandon Beach on the Atlantic coast. She in turn put us in touch with Mary Bomberger Brown who was able to shed some light on the bird we found on the Gulf coast at Bunche Beach near Fort Myers.

Piping Plovers Charadrius melodus are considered Near Threatened...
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