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Recent content by dandsblair

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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Thanks Some birds were bluer on the head, see near bird but interesting how a bit of rice would cause that change. We did not see birds at Soplillar only Grey-fronted for us here.
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Well spotted. I had this one correctly labelled
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Thanks everyone. Our time with Ernesto had pretty much gone perfectly except for the Zapata Wren we had seen all of our targets, so we decided not to hire a car and do the area ourselves. We did wonder if we hadn’t been able to make the trip with Ernesto work how many birds we would have...
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    In normal times I would agree. We really enjoyed Playa Larga and Sarah would love to stay in the resort with cenotes and have this view over the bay of pigs but we were just glad to get away from the UK. We heard Sora and had a glimpse of Spotted Rail but we knew Zapata Rail was most unlikely...
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Second Day – heading east from Playa Larga Breakfast was arranged for 6.15 but it is really tough for Cubans at the moment with the guy of the house having to queue at the bakers and the shop from 5.00am to get provisions for us, basic goods are also very expensive e.g. Cuban Coffee per Kg...
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    South Texas March 2020

    Nice report. We found mid march a little too early for most migrants two years ago but definitely plan to return to Texas,
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Thanks Rob. Even in these weird Covid times it is worth going on a package as long as you can get out and about for 2 or 3 days. Always assuming travel corridor gets put back after 15th Feb of course
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Over a lovely home cooked Cuban lunch we confirmed the other main attraction of the garden a rare owl was seen most evenings, so something to look forward to for later. Afternoon was going to be around the area where Ernesto had built a new house with garden and pool to attract wildlife. We...
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Thanks John. Sarah was really attracted by the tail and it was great to see it displaying as it called.
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Sarah's main target
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    My main target the Bee Hummingbird
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Zapata Swamp Organising the trip was tricky due to Covid but also the fact that Cuba was changing currency with the Cuban Convertible Pesos being phased out from 1st Jan through to 30th June but even in January people were refusing it. We had three plans; 1) I would hire a car and drive down...
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Havana It was not possible for foreigners to stay in hotels in Havana while we were here and in fact they stopped all tours to Havana from 10th January as they had a spike in cases following the reported high number of cases brought into Cuba from expats returning to Cuba for their Christmas...
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    There is now a sustainable population of Cuban Grassquit and Cuban Crow introduced to an area near Playa Giron but it was almost impossible to book anything out with the main tourist spots, even if they were officially open as locals were reluctant to have visitors in their Casa.
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    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Cuba 28th December 2020 – 12th January 2021 2020 was our worst year birding since 1987, I had only 10 lifers in Jordan in January and Sarah added just one additional bird to her list after that a Black-bellied Sandgrouse in Fuerteventura in November. So a trip to Cuba with 30+ lifers on offer...
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