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Sacrificing my principles

Posted Thursday 25th April 2013 at 23:01 by Green Sandpiper
Anyone who has read my posts before will know I'm a good old fashioned birdeer, who loves nothing more than being out in the field, immersing himself in nature, learning fieldcraft, doing all the fun things with limited technology.

Recently, I've discovered the wonders of a digital camera, and discovered how addictive bird photography actually is. Not that I'm any good at it, mind, but its damned good fun.

Anyway, last week I heard of a flock of 20 arctic terns found...
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Vrana lake-Croatia

Posted Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 19:07 by rodjo
Updated Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 19:47 by rodjo
From April 5 to April 11, 2103, I stayed in the Vrana Lake in the ornithological camp for bird ringing. In a beautiful surrounding nature park and ornithological reserve can be many things to see and experience, especially If you are a bird watcher and intact nature lover.

The boundaries of the Vrana Lake Nature Park stretch from the chapel of Sv. Nedjelja in Marini by the road between Pakoštane and Vrana, across the South-East of the existing Ornithological reserve over the Hill...
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Spoon-billed sandpipers, good news and bad news.

Posted Monday 22nd April 2013 at 23:37 by Rick and Elis
Bangladesh is one of the most important wintering areas for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Sonadia Island is foremost among the national wintering sites for this species there.
The good news is that there has been an on-going project at Sonadia since 2009 aimed at stopping the subsistence hunting which was considered a major threat to the Spoon-billed Sandpipers. It has been largely successful with most if not all hunters being equipped and trained to earn a living in a more sustainable way....
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In search of a Kingfisher

Posted Saturday 20th April 2013 at 21:23 by snakybat
Updated Sunday 21st April 2013 at 14:23 by snakybat
Went to Leighton Moss today in search of a Kingfisher for my youngest daughter.
Saw a gorgeous pair of Bullfinchs at the feeding station and then on to the public hide. On the way there we saw a really brave Coal Tit collecting wool caught in a fence about a metre from where we stood on the path. We also saw a lovely Wren in a tree.
From the Public hide we saw Great Crested Grebe and a pair of Marsh Harriers. We then walked back and drove to the other site where we saw Avocet, Shoveler,...
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Northern Lapwings in decline.

Posted Saturday 20th April 2013 at 11:20 by Rick and Elis
On the first day of Wader Quest we had expected that the first bird we would see would be Northern Lapwing. After all we were about to drive for a couple of hours through the early winter British countryside passing through the fens on the way to Norfolk.
I was amazed and disappointed that we didn't see one, not least because it was a picture of a lapwing that got me into birding in the first place (Horrible plug now), for full story see Chapter 1 Confessions of a Bird Guide my new book.)...
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