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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Nice to see the common birds well and with appreciation! I'm always pleased to see the female Koel - and to get a nice pic is great. It's a nice comparison too to see the Kingfishers' coloration change with light direction. And wow - that's a lot of Pied Kingfishers - could it be a family?
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Wonderful to see a family of Hoopoe - I've never seen that! So glad you have a birding partner! My husband has become an excellent "non-birder" - and actually is the first to sight about half the birds we see, so I definitely list all the ebird submissions with him as a party of two :) Your...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    I loved the Phalarope too, and the cuckoo - very nice pictures overall! Glad for some good sightings!
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Sounds like it's time to get a second pair of binoculars ! My husband still doesn't feel very interested to look through my binoculars, but once in a while I think he is glad to have had a look.
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Hi Owen, just getting caught up a bit - you've had excellent outings, and it's so encouraging to hear about the WeChat group! It's hard to single out individual sightings or pictures, but I'm very impressed about the lovely rock thrush, and love the pond heron picture. (The cocoon was...
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    Northern Iraq - Warbler?

    Yes, that seems to be it! Ebird has it listed as Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin - a lot of name for a small bird! Yes, I should have thought of it being in that group, but it's not a very familiar one to me. Thanks very much!
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    Northern Iraq - Warbler?

    I got a fairly decent look at this bird - but getting a picture was beyond us amateur bird photographers! This bird was seen today, in northern Iraq (Kurdistan), in the foothills of low mountains, in a scrub and garden area on the edge of the city (Duhok). The bird was first seen on the...
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    Anyone birding in Kurdistan?

    Well, I am now :) Rather a late reply, but will put something up in case anyone else is around. Currently in Duhok and have just started seeing a few birds, including what I suppose are some migrants.
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    Exploring Lantau

    Really fun to (finally) read your adventures! Congrats on getting such unusual birds so close to home, while keeping up with family commitments! Spring and lots of new birds must be well underway now... PS - wonderful the way you've been connecting with owls!
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Been overwhelmed with moving (now located in Iraqi Kurdistan), so just seeing this. Not a bad set of sightings for Feb up north! Very nice to see both waxwing species together. I wonder if they were interspersed in the trees or if they segregated themselves. Do the flocks fly like pigeons? I...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Nice report as always, but one surprise: Yellow-rumped Warbler? Not the north American kind?
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Agree! Buildings aren't a typical background, but an interesting way to reflect modern reality. Owen also had a nice heron posed in front of a high-rise, which stood out to me.
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    :-O It's so nice for you to be able to keep this patch! It's hard to see the changes in habitat (I know!), but great to be able to make good generalizations about changes from year to year. Thanks for the photos and commentary - it is fun to read.
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    Eastern Wood-pewee? Jacksonville, Fl

    Thanks for sharing! I have trouble with these guys too.
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    Mourning Warbler, Canada

    Looks like a drab Mourning Warbler to me. I think slightly broken eye ring, largely gray throat, and a light mark on the alula (? front of the wing) are good signs. The throat color is a bit hard to tell in the photos, but I think Mourning is best choice. Others' opinions?
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Owen, I recall you mentioning this a little before. It's great to hear that they are catching on to the bath (which should be quite attractive in a somewhat dry area). It's quite interesting to me how much birds observe others, and learn about opportunities from these observations! I can't...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    "watch it flipping bits of sacking on the shore and later that day to capture the short, slightly upturned bill that is specially designed for such levering." Haha - not usually on sacking, but yes, designed for levering! Great to have good views of a patch tick. Fun to read about your finds...
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Owen, wonderful experiences and great photos - thanks for sharing! I've never seen juvenile azure-winged magpies before, so especially enjoyed that. Really fun all the youngsters you've been seeing, and nice news if people are staying away from bothering the birds!
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    Exploring Lantau

    Yes, a great opportunity - thanks for sharing it!
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Thanks especially for the picture of the 3 young kestrels landing together - quite interesting!
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Nice sightings! I enjoyed the owl pics. By the way, I've never really had a chance to see many juvenile owls. I've identified the few I've seen by their poor flying skills. Are there any other clues you (or anyone else) knows of?
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    Odd House Wren Singing Behavior?

    The other day I was out and spotted a house wren briefly before it ducked into a cavity in a snag, which I assume had a nest. We waited a few minutes to see if the bird would emerge, but it didn't. Then another wren appeared from somewhere else and sat on top of the snag and sang for several...
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    Exploring Lantau

    I see a new strategy for spotting birds which I need to put to work! Of course, now I'm on the shores of Lake Superior, and when not looking for birds in the forest, am looking for ducks on the lake! Nevertheless - it's good food for thought.
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    Exploring Lantau

    I like "crouching to hide its shadow from a passing Black Kite" - wasn't aware of that strategy - makes lots of sense!
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Yeah, we've seen a good number of Siberian weasels, and I guess it makes ecological sense that there are ground squirrels - I wonder if it is a species making a local comeback.
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