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Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Yesterday, 10:35
Replies: 1
Views: 87
Posted By MJB
Many migrant birds are becoming smaller

This huge study has just been published:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50661448

"Researchers analysed 70,716 specimens from 52 North American migratory bird species collected over...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th December 2019, 10:27
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By MJB
Grahame, I've just posted that query (is it an E...

Grahame, I've just posted that query (is it an E Palearctic bird?) on the rare Bird Information thread, and you've already answered it!:t::t::t:
MJB
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd December 2019, 19:55
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By MJB
But I disagree mildly with 'Ayres Rock'......

But I disagree mildly with 'Ayres Rock'... 'Ayer's Rock', perhaps, but preferably 'Uluru'?
MJB
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 2nd December 2019, 19:48
Replies: 19
Views: 847
Posted By MJB
There's a specialist market for an app on such...

There's a specialist market for an app on such thickets, surely?

In Oz last month (Cape York), when the vehicle stopped, the tour leader simply said "Those who stand go downtrack, those who don't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 30th November 2019, 10:04
Replies: 6
Views: 184
Posted By MJB
It looks like the same young bird I saw at the...

It looks like the same young bird I saw at the end of October at the north end of the Esplanade, that many were identifying as Marsh Sandpiper (and couldn't be dissuaded)...
MJB
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 25th November 2019, 13:30
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By MJB
Does this help? MJB

Does this help?
MJB
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 25th November 2019, 13:21
Replies: 7
Views: 230
Posted By MJB
That would be way out of the species' normal...

That would be way out of the species' normal distribution in Africa and points east...
MJB
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 20th November 2019, 21:23
Replies: 1
Views: 201
Posted By MJB
Conservation workers sentenced for spying

From the BBC, information that conservation workers in Iran who used tracking cameras in rare mammal research have been sentenced as spies:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50493501

MJB
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 20th November 2019, 15:31
Replies: 332
Views: 74,513
Posted By MJB
Andy, I've no idea of the back story on what...

Andy, I've no idea of the back story on what caused a revised edition to be brought out so soon (Incidentally, I found a statement on line that stated that the first of the revised edition didn't...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Wednesday 20th November 2019, 15:10
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By MJB
The latest count is 6700, about 10% of the known...

The latest count is 6700, about 10% of the known population of the Endangered species...!
See...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 19th November 2019, 20:36
Replies: 332
Views: 74,513
Posted By MJB
It now has a solidly functional index. I have...

It now has a solidly functional index. I have heard comment that a number of maps have been updated and a number of texts revised. Word of mouth is that additional splits have been included and many...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 18th November 2019, 10:58
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By MJB
At distance, such pale birds are very difficult,...

At distance, such pale birds are very difficult, but the photo is superbly clear. I wonder how close the bird was - I've just been in Oz where a chap with an immense lens was getting superb photos of...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 15th November 2019, 11:07
Replies: 332
Views: 74,513
Posted By MJB
The revised Australian Bird Guide (Menkhorst et...

The revised Australian Bird Guide (Menkhorst et al 2018**), which I got in Perth, WA (Boffins Bookshop) last month, is hugely improved over the very recent original edition, which rather goes to make...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 13th November 2019, 19:28
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By MJB
Thanks for the correction, Grahame! MJB

Thanks for the correction, Grahame!
MJB
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 12th November 2019, 16:26
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By MJB
An immature, I guess? MJB

An immature, I guess?
MJB
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 12th November 2019, 16:20
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By MJB
Most likely taxon orientalis, which occurs from...

Most likely taxon orientalis, which occurs from the Levant & Iraq northeastwards and eastwards, and may be separable as 'Eastern Cetti's Warbler' Cattia (cettia) orientalis as indicated in Alström et...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 28th October 2019, 06:06
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Posted By MJB
John, in Borneo, the Little Egret subspecies is...

John, in Borneo, the Little Egret subspecies is nigripes ('black foot'), which has black feet, except for the underside of the toes... However, you have covered that point by the use of 'mostly'!
MJB
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 13th October 2019, 09:54
Replies: 39
Views: 1,804
Posted By MJB
It was easier when half the globe was...

It was easier when half the globe was pink...:eek!::eek!::eek!:
MJB
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Sunday 29th September 2019, 13:14
Replies: 79
Views: 25,248
Posted By MJB
That's what I intended by my post - in the second...

That's what I intended by my post - in the second half of October, I'll be looking out for it (in its NE distribution).

That '?' I cited is the quote in IOC Proposed Splits (I agree it would...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 28th September 2019, 17:15
Replies: 79
Views: 25,248
Posted By MJB
I'll be looking out for Quiet? in the second half...

I'll be looking out for Quiet? in the second half of October! From 2 October. we'll be in WA south of Perth, and so any info by PM will be gratefully received!o:)
MJB
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 26th September 2019, 21:53
Replies: 17
Views: 724
Posted By MJB
Agreed, but even in Gujurat in India, I met...

Agreed, but even in Gujurat in India, I met birders who were still calling the birds they had seen in the past Lesser Spotted Eagles, and so I think that in the pre-diclofenac era, it may have been...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 26th September 2019, 21:36
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By MJB
Perhaps better called Western Cattle Egret...? MJB

Perhaps better called Western Cattle Egret...?
MJB
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 26th September 2019, 21:30
Replies: 32
Views: 1,012
Posted By MJB
It would be a first for the Middle East, since...

It would be a first for the Middle East, since the taxonomic rearrangement of a decade or so ago! What scientific name are you associating with this image, Tony, and what source are you citing?

The...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 25th September 2019, 20:40
Replies: 32
Views: 1,012
Posted By MJB
Doubt if you've got enough on the bird to be...

Doubt if you've got enough on the bird to be certain, but many people are better than I am at identifying the taxa in that complex.... My tentative thought was Ménétriés' Warbler, but I've seen only...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 25th September 2019, 15:39
Replies: 32
Views: 1,012
Posted By MJB
Following Olsson et al 2013, S. [curruca]...

Following Olsson et al 2013, S. [curruca] althaea, Hume's Whitethroat...?
MJB

Reference:
Olsson, U, P Leader, G Carey, AA Khan, L Svensson and P Alström. 2013. New insights into the intricate...
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