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Recent content by Muppit17

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    Africa - year list record

    I believe your view may be over-simplistic see African grey parrots in traditional medicine - Africa Geographic I would agree that caged song birds kept for their song is much more common in Asia, although still valued in some parts of Africa. Hunting for the pot should not be ignored
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    Africa - year list record

    It appears that you may have been fortunate. Certainly parrot trade is a major issue, as much in Africa as elsewhere, and is cited as a major contributor to the imminent extinction in the wild of African Grey Parrot for one. Of course there is also the bush-meat issue. Please see Tackling...
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    Africa - year list record

    I suggest the question on the Lovebird is the wrong way round. When was it ever confirmed outside of Zambia? IUCN says it is resident in Zambia and doubtfully recorded elsewhere. A record in Caprivi is suggested as an escape and unconfirmed sightings in Botswana & Zimbabwe listed. With recent...
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    Africa - year list record

    Apologies to Melissa - calling her Melinda in the last post - oops! Now in Namibia heading down the Caprivi strip. Not sure why they shot through Zambia so quickly. Of the Zambian endemics (3 of them listed) - they got Black-cheeked Lovebird, but seem to have missed Chaplin's Barbet. I must...
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    Gull sp. ID, Al Ain, UAE, 24.07.2021.

    The default species in the UAE is now known to be Steppe, and although the head/bill appears to be closer to Caspian, the extensive black in the wing tip suggests this is indeed Steppe. If you look at Gull Research Organisation, you can find similar birds in July Steppe section. The only...
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    Five Birds from Namibia- Avis Dam (Windhoek)

    Agreed - still looks like a Nicholson's Long-billed to me
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    Africa - year list record

    A further update - Ross and Melinda are now in Zambia. It is clear that they had to abandon ideas of Rwanda and Burundi and tracked south through Tanzania. They appear to be focusing on the far NW of the country at the moment and picking up species that just cross the border from DRC. Latest...
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    Five Birds from Namibia- Avis Dam (Windhoek)

    Andy This isn't the place to discuss eBird, or other reporting platforms. Just to say, that there a literally thousands of reviewer's within the eBird family who check the information that is provided and, supported by filters and flags, monitor the species entered. If you were a extensive...
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    Five Birds from Namibia- Avis Dam (Windhoek)

    It is worth scanning through the hotspot list to show what has been seen here https://ebird.org/hotspot/L980716?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec&hs_sortBy=taxon_order&hs_o=asc For me it is good to see that water is there - when I was at Avis Dam in Oct 2019, the whole area was suffering from drought and...
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    Africa - year list record

    Exactly. They had to give up in April 2020 due to Covid. However they returned in April 2021 to where they left off. It shows what could have been possible if they could have continued.
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    Africa - year list record

    It is clear that the plans are continuing to impacted by ongoing Covid restrictions but it is still going on. They appear to have bypassed Rwanda and Burundi and have continued to picked up ultra-rarely seen species in Tanzania. One of the recent posts makes compelling reading A New Species of...
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    Short UK trip end Sept - advice sought

    I would agree that New Forest and west Solent is a great place, although I know that many find it difficult to find the species they are looking for. Purbeck and Portland is perhaps a more varied environment and if you include Poole harbour, the new 'super' reserve around Arne and Brownsea...
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    Africa - year list record

    The latest reports are a mix of good news - picking up most of the Albertine Rift endemics in Western Uganda, and bad - couldn't get to Ethiopia. The chase for the African year list appears to be off the agenda, and with daily changes in lock downs across the region it is difficult to second...
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    Africa - year list record

    I thought I would post a quick update when a milestone was reached, but now I am not sure what is happening. Ross & Melissa had been clearing up in Kenya after a month in Tanzania. They headed to Uganda ( I think the intent was to go to Ethiopia but after a list from South Sudan! they stuck to...
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    Africa - year list record

    Going to Africa is not an issue... returning afterwards to blighty is v tricky.
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