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Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 30th March 2020, 03:42
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
The journey continues with Part VII: New Zealand...

The journey continues with Part VII: New Zealand (https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3977250)
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 30th March 2020, 03:39
Replies: 0
Views: 80
Posted By nartreb
A Very Casual World List, part VII: New Zealand

(Continued from: part VI: India (https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=386330))

Before leaving India we had to fix a problem with our visa. The in-person meeting at the FFRO provided an...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 12th March 2020, 07:07
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
Edit: never mind, I think you're right. The...

Edit: never mind, I think you're right. The white feathers at the vent had me fooled.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 5th March 2020, 11:24
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By nartreb
In many species of birds, the belly feathers are...

In many species of birds, the belly feathers are very dark at the base, with the normal color only occupying the tips of the feathers. So any unusual wear, or simply messiness, of the feathers, will...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 5th March 2020, 06:29
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 10: Tamil Nadu

After a stop in Madurai (visited the same temple my grandfather had photographed 90 years ago), we went on to Chennai, and from there drove to the "hill station" of Kodaikanal.

The lake in...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 5th March 2020, 06:21
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 9: Bangalore and environs

Bangalore the city didn't yield much at first. It's crowded, dusty, etc - though not quite as hot or quite as polluted as other Indian cities. But a day trip to see the waterfalls on the Cauvery...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 5th March 2020, 06:14
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 8: Kochi

From Jaipur we headed south. First to Goa, then Kochi. Goa was not very birdy, at least not during a brief tour of churches (and a synagogue!) and museums, but Kochi supplied a striated heron...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 5th March 2020, 06:02
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 7: rural Rajasthan

In and around a small village, I saw:

indian robin (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2824), indian silverbill (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2825), little grebe...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 24th February 2020, 04:18
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By nartreb
a few from Rajasthan, India

In and around a rural village --

1. Unknown. Note reddish vent. https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2824

2. Which munia (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2825)? ...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 23rd February 2020, 14:29
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 6: Jaigarh fort. This is the fort...

India part 6: Jaigarh fort.

This is the fort overlooking the old palace at Amer, which was the capital before Jaipur was founded.

Not a lot of birds, but did see a Brown Rock Chat...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 21st February 2020, 05:13
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By nartreb
LBJ, Rajasthan, India

Seen on the ramparts of Jai Garh fort, above Amer.

https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2794

https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2801
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 21st February 2020, 05:04
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 5: Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

A great place for mammals, and we saw lots of birds as well:

rufous treepie (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2644)

partridge (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2649) (grey...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 20th February 2020, 02:11
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By nartreb
Yeah, I wrote the opposite of what I meant, sorry.

Yeah, I wrote the opposite of what I meant, sorry.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 19th February 2020, 02:40
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By nartreb
Saffron finch and a juvenile Paroaria. There are...

Saffron finch and a juvenile Paroaria.

There are two species of Paroaria introduced to Hawaii, I think both can be found on the Big Island. P. capitata and P coronata. I think yours is P....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th February 2020, 09:07
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By nartreb
It was an ID of wisdom, it was an ID of...

It was an ID of wisdom, it was an ID of foolishness...

Agree with male & female (or possibly immature) slaties. The females (& young) are rather variable, but it's not surprising if you haven't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th February 2020, 08:34
Replies: 17
Views: 803
Posted By nartreb
Definitely a wren - note the banded tail. I'd...

Definitely a wren - note the banded tail.

I'd have to double-check what other wrens can be found there, but House Wren looks like a good fit for the picture.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th February 2020, 05:19
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By nartreb
Central (most ventrally located when tail is...

Central (most ventrally located when tail is folded) tail feather clearly shorter than outer tail feathers -> high confidence in Cooper's.


PS Where in Boston was the Snowy? Airport?
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 15th February 2020, 04:10
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 4: Jaipur

Jaipur was a base from which to visit multiple forts and of course the Ranthambore tiger reserve. The latter was spectacular - stay tuned for those photos.

In the town itself, I got good photos of...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 15th February 2020, 04:06
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 3: Agra. When in northern India, the...

India part 3: Agra.

When in northern India, the Taj Mahal is a mandatory stop. Both the grounds and the neighboring Yamuna river were birdier than expected.

House crows...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 14th February 2020, 04:40
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By nartreb
The two species are quite similar. Some...

The two species are quite similar. Some differences are described here: https://frank.itlab.us/TBL/Harvesting/Herons/Birding0202p24-33.pdf

I don't think 100% confidence is possible from this...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 14th February 2020, 04:06
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By nartreb
Bingo. Introduced to Cape Town in...

Bingo. Introduced to Cape Town in 1897.

(Likewise not an expert in South African avifauna, but that speckled body, short tail, sharp bill... looks exactly like a blurry photo of a common starling...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 9th February 2020, 13:39
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By nartreb
"I think that's a short toed snake eagle". Come...

"I think that's a short toed snake eagle". Come to think of it, I'm not 100% sure this photo is of that same bird. I need to check my rejects pile, pretty sure I got bad photos of more than one...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 9th February 2020, 05:34
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By nartreb
India part 2: Chambal river

We took a short boat ride on this nearly pristine river a short drive south of Agra.

The garials (https://davidalbeck.com/blog/?attachment_id=2286) and soft-shell turtles...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 9th February 2020, 03:42
Replies: 7
Views: 639
Posted By nartreb
I've not spent much time around crocodilians, but...

I've not spent much time around crocodilians, but I've seen birds and other animals standing quite casually close to a sunbathing croc or alligator. I'd be amazed if birds never perched on and...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 9th February 2020, 03:25
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By nartreb
1. Not all birds can fly. 2. Some species...

1. Not all birds can fly.

2. Some species breed in the tropics. Generally these do not migrate (though some will move smaller distances to find available food in synchrony with the season -...
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