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    Comment by 'Thibaud' in media 'Tawny-crowned Greenlet'

    Thanks Barney!
  2. Tawny-crowned Greenlet

    Tawny-crowned Greenlet

    A small forest sprite that is often heard, but bloody hard to get a photo of!
  3. Rufous-headed Pygmy Tyrant

    Rufous-headed Pygmy Tyrant

    A lovely little cloud-forest flycatcher, more easily seen than heard, this one was kind enough to pop up right in front of me and while we froze, looking at each other, I had just enough time to get that one shot before the crossed the path and vanished in the bamboo thickets!
  4. White-bellied Dacnis

    White-bellied Dacnis

    A rare dacnis, this was actually the first ebird record for Pasco department!
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    Comment by 'Thibaud' in media 'Green Manakin'

    No, as far as I know it, the sexes are completely alike in this species.
  6. Green Manakin

    Green Manakin

    A nice little manakin, fairly common in the lowland forests of Pasco, though since the males lack a distinctive plumage, it always needs to be IDed with care.
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    Strange-looking Red-backed Shrike? Southern France, 14 june

    Thanks guys! Haha indeed! It took two visits, but I managed to see one male!
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    Strange-looking Red-backed Shrike? Southern France, 14 june

    Hi all I saw this shrike yesterday near Valensole (northeast of Marseille, in lavender country). Red-backed shrikes were plentiful on that dry plateau but this one looked a bit odd, with its partly grey back. I did a quick image search and didn't find one where I could see that. I realize it's...
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    Small fuzzy little bird, Eastern Ontario, looking for ID

    It's a Common Yellowthroat, note the black mask contrasting with the grey brow and the yellow throat.
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    What's a birding moment that spooked you?

    I've had a few encounters with snakes when birding in Latin America, usually at night, and almost always with Fer de Lances (big powerful vipers, they're the snakes that cause the most human deaths on the continent). What's most impressive to me is that they never flee. They stay perfectly...
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    Comment by 'Thibaud' in media 'Round-tailed Manakin'

    Thanks Barney! Check out the manakins of Brazil, I don't think any other country has such a stunning diversity of them, with the three stars (in my opinion) being Araripe, Helmeted, and Pin-tailed. I hope to see them some day!
  12. Round-tailed Manakin

    Round-tailed Manakin

    The males of this species are easily identified thanks to the combination of their red head and white eyes. The round tail that gives them their name is actually quite obvious at certain angles and can be useful in identifying the typically drab females.
  13. Inambari Woodcreeper

    Inambari Woodcreeper

    A discrete relative of the far more common Montane Woodcreeper (and told from it by its unstreaked crown, nape, and back), this was the only time I saw it during my year in Peru.
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    Small dark falcon - south of France

    Wow, only just checking the forum this morning, this thread did not go in the direction I expected! While it has been a good week for vagrants (Baird's Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper in Camargue), it also means that the area has been crawling with top birders, and people have been at the...
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    Small dark falcon - south of France

    Ah that's too bad, thanks for confirming. I'll keep looking for Red foot!
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    Small dark falcon - south of France

    A couple days ago I was on the Crau plain of southern France, failing, as usual, to connect with the Sandgrouse... At some point, I spotted a small, dark falcon sitting on one of the stone piles. The heat haze was terrible and before I got very close, it took off in a low, fast flight, and I...
  17. Pale-rumped Swift

    Pale-rumped Swift

    The less common relative of the Gray-rumped Swift I uploaded the other day. It's one of these typical tricky species pairs (like Sparrowhawk/Goshawk) where, if you're wondering which one it is, it's probably the commoner one. In this case, I'd occasionally see Gray-rumped Swifts whose rumps did...
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    Comment by 'Thibaud' in media 'Gray-rumped Swift'

    Delia, they're definitely pretty hard to get good photos of (as with most other swifts!). The genus Chaetura is definitely common in the Peruvian lowlands, but there are several very similar species and when you see them as dark specks circling high in the air, it's quite hard (at least for me!)...
  19. Gray-rumped Swift

    Gray-rumped Swift

    A common swift in lowland Peru, I was lucky to get eye level shots as they came down to hawk over the nearby creek one evening.
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    Comment by 'Thibaud' in media 'Mishana Tyrannulet'

    Note that this bird is from the dry forest population in San Martín, which may eventually be given specific status of its own!
  21. Mishana Tyrannulet

    Mishana Tyrannulet

    Peru's other endemic Zimmerius, with a highly localized and strangely disjunct distribution, though not that hard to find when you're in the right place, and even better if a local takes you (thanks Warren!).
  22. Peruvian Tyrannulet

    Peruvian Tyrannulet

    A common and very vocal Peruvian endemic, recently split off from the similar Golden-faced Tyrannulet found further north.
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    Swifts from southern France - yesterday

    Terrific, many thanks to you two! Now, I'll have to pay more attention to the ones flying above the house, see if I can add Pallid to the yard list as well...
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    Swifts from southern France - yesterday

    Hi everybody I was watching a flock of swifts near the coast south of Béziers (France, Hérault) yesterday and a couple of birds seemed paler than the rest, so I tried to get some photos. The first photo is the one I'm most hopeful about being a good Pallid candidate (what with the pale fringes...
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