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    Snipe & Starling ID Help, Guangxi China

    Two birds I'd like ID help with. Seen this month in Guangxi, China. 1. Photos 1-2: I believe this bird to be a Daurian Starling? Was in a fruiting tree in agricultural area along with some bulbuls, but no other starlings. 2. Photos 3-6 and Video Clip: Snipe (all photos same individual) seen...
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    Dove ID, Guangxi China

    This seems like it should be fairly straightforward, but I'm having some trouble with the ID of this dove. Heard Spotted Dove in the same area of this bird. Also know that Eurasian Collared Dove is possible in this region (Guangxi, China) as well. I'm thinking this bird might be a young bird...
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    Accipiter ID-Guangxi, China

    August sighting of this raptor in Guangxi, China. My guess is Crested Goshawk, but wanted to confirm with those more familiar with hawks in the region. Mike
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    Probable White-browed Fulvetta, Dali, Yunnan, China

    Seeking confirmation for the audio ID of a bird heard at 3900m elevation among rhododendrons on top of Cangshan in Dali, China in July. I did not see the bird. Recently found that the part of the sound clip on this eBird checklist for White browed Fulvetta is a near exact match...
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    Dali, Yunnan Trip Report, July 2021

    Thanks to those who gave suggestions for my summer trip. Wanted to provide some follow-up by posting this trip summary. It can be hard to find information in China on birding locations independently, and hopefully this will help some in the future who want to explore Dali. I have also uploaded...
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    Phylloscopus (Golden-spectacled Warbler complex) Song ID, Dali, Yunnan, China

    July 2021. While birding this month encountered two different singing warblers in the Bianchi's/Marten's/Gray-cheeked/Gray-crowned/White-spectacled complex. Two separate song recordings. The first recording was taken at about 2700m altitude along the Jade Belt trail on Cangshan Mountain in...
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    Reed Warbler ID, Dali, Yunnan, China

    Location: Dali Wetland Park, Yunnan China, in July Multiple birds seen over the course of the day. Would appreciate help with these photos and sounds, as according to checklists from this location both Clamorous and Oriental Reed Warblers are present. Below are media from three different...
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    Planning a Summer Trip: Dali (Yunnan) and Sichuan input wanted!

    This summer (probably late June or July) , I'm hoping to take my family for a week vacation in-country. We live in hot Guangxi, and would like to go to a place that is cooler (probably meaning higher elevation) that has some different habitats and bird species, as we haven't ventured outside...
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    Cinnamon or Schrenk's Bittern?, Guangxi, China

    Observed this bittern in a small freshwater marsh recently. Have previously seen Cinnamon Bittern (and Yellow) in this location, and saw a male Cinnamon Bittern nearby at the same time as the bird in the photos. When this bird flew, on the top side it did show cinnamon-ish primary and secondary...
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    Song ID, Yunnan, China

    Location: Puzhehei, Yunnan, China Elevation: about 1500m Habitat: secondary (?) hill forest Notes: this song was heard multiple times. In the recording the high pitched note is repeated 12 times. Other times it was as few as four. I really have no idea what it is and tried listening to a lot...
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    Oriental or Clamorous Reed Warbler? Pics & Sound, Yunnan, China

    Observed reed warblers singing at dawn in Puzhehei, Yunnan China, May 2021. Guessing the widespread Oriental Reed Warbler is the most likely, but wanted to also consider Clamorous Reed Warbler which seems possible in the area. The second sound (301 rw) recording is a different day, same area...
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    Sandpiper & Snipe ID, Guangxi, China

    First, a thanks to all who have given suggestions and input to my previous questions. Much appreciated!! Two ID questions, both with poor quality photos taken at long distances. 1. Snipe seen in freshwater pond/reservoir. Photos show clear stripes on back and longish bill. Common Snipe? 2...
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    Bird Song ID Help Needed, Guangxi, China

    Attached is a bird singing in April 2021 in Guangxi, China. The clip has the same bouncing song repeated twice. Habitat area was grassy hillside areas, not far from some farm ponds and small wooded area. Any help would be appreciated! Mike
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    Sound ID, Guangxi, China

    Birding in Guangxi, China. Recorded a distant bird with a soft toot sound repeated rhythmically in threes with about a second space in between. Can hear in attached sound file. Would love help in identifying. Owl? Barbet? Something else? Thanks Mike
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    Importance of EVF for Superzoom Point and Shoot?

    I'm preparing to buy a new superzoom point and shoot, upgrading from a long-used and beat-up Panasonic DMC-ZS5 (12x optical zoom). I've pretty much determined that I want a pocketable camera that is small enough that my increasingly-interested-in-birding son can handle easily, and which will be...
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    Minivet & Pipit ID Questions, Guangxi, China

    Few days ago was out birding and have a couple ID questions from the western part of Guangxi, China. 1. Minivet ID: Came across a group of minivets which I would like help IDing. Photos are terrible, but thought that the wing pattern which is visible might be clear enough to ID. The thing that...
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    Minivet & Pipit ID questions, Guangxi, China

    Yesterday was out birding and have a couple ID questions from the western part of Guangxi, China. 1. Minivet ID: Came across a group of minivets which I would like help IDing. Photos are terrible, but thought that the wing pattern which is visible might be clear enough to ID. The thing that I...
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    Duck ID, Guangxi, China

    This morning I was birding on a small reservoir in Baise, Guangxi. I've never seen a duck here before in numerous trips and was surprised to find a lone duck today. The photos are poor, but would appreciate any ideas or suggestions. I'm somewhat unfamiliar with ducks on this side of the world...
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    Dabbling Duck ID, Guangxi , China

    This morning I was birding on a small reservoir in Baise, Guangxi. I've never seen a duck here before in numerous trips and was surprised to find a lone duck today. The photos are poor, but would appreciate any ideas or suggestions. I'm somewhat unfamiliar with ducks on this side of the world...
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    Guangzhou, China Song ID

    This month (July) I recorded the attached song on 白云山 (BaiYun Mountain) in Guangzhou at an elevation of about 300m. The bird stayed out of sight while singing at intervals of about 30 seconds, typically repeating the same high thin whistle followed by 2-4 lower notes as heard at the end of the...
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    Bird Song ID, Guangxi, China

    Spent some time in a secondary forest at about 200m elevation today near Baise, Guangxi, China. Recorded two bird songs which I couldn't identify. #1 (file 198 &199): Sounded like multiple birds. Got a brief glimpse enough to know it was a smallish bird. Stayed low and in underbrush. Song was...
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    Help with bird song ID, Guangxi

    Spent some time in a secondary forest at about 200m elevation today near Baise, Guangxi. Recorded two bird songs which I couldn't identify. #1 (file 198 &199): Sounded like multiple birds. Got a brief glimpse enough to know it was a smallish bird. Stayed low and in underbrush. Song was frequent...
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    Raptor, Peninsular Malaysia

    Hello all, Previous photo taken in month of January. Thanks for any help you can provide. Mike
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    Call ID help of Wren/Babbler? in Guangxi

    This morning I was out birding in a small park in Baise, Guangxi. I came upon a small planted garden area where a bird was making a repeated chip sound in the undergrowth. Though the plants were only 6 inches tall, and I was standing only a few meters from the bird, it managed to stay completely...
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    Question About Birding Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

    Hello, I see that Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam (National Botanical Gardens) in Kuala Lumpur are a good birding location in general. I have perused the various eBird checklists. However, I am wondering if anyone can give more specific information about the areas of the park that tend to be best...
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