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  1. sicklebill

    Changes at Lynx Edicions

    Big news from Lynx, I wish them all the best and hope their great series of publications can continue A MESSAGE FROM LYNX EDICIONS’S FOUNDERS: Dear friends and colleagues, As many of you probably already know, our publishing house, Lynx Edicions, has been through complicated times as a result...
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    The sad tale of New Zealand's first Rose-crowned Fruit Dove

    According to the latest issue of Australian BirdLife magazine, the first for NZ arrived on a fishing boat off the west coast, and was caught by the crew and kindly transferred to the mainland by helicopter. Here bureaucracy at its very worst struck, as it was then euthanised as a biohazard under...
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    White's or Scaly Thrush Taiwan

    Our local guide thought this was the endemic race of Scaly Thrush, but I need to be persuaded it's not a White's Thrush. Dasyueshan, Taiwan at 2100m, Feb 2020. Tough to separate these but if anyone knows please advise, thanks
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    Collecting the Solomons Nightjar

    Want to see a Solomons Nightjar? Sadly there are now two less to choose from, as a breeding female and the chick were collected on Tetepare Island earlier this year by scientists from the University of Kansas- read on: I am just back from a Solomons trip which included Tetepare Island, where...
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    Mongolian mammals

    I saw a posting about what mammals had been seen on a China trip, and thought I'd post a Mongolia mammal list as it's surprisingly good, I was very pleasantly surprised at the variety: Here is one from 2018: LONG-EARED DESERT HEDGEHOG SP. (Hemiechinus auritus) – A great one at Gobi Erdene on our...
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    Island Thrush

    I am tired of waiting for the long overdue break up of the Island Thrush species complex, now the largest single unspllt assemblage remaining, so on my 5 hour flight to Ulan Bataar I made speculative predictions for what is currently the species with the most races. I have based it simply on...
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    Two from Sado Island, Niigata

    May 20 at 900m at Osado Ishina on Sado Island, maybe a Red Helen and Parnassius glacialis? Advice please, thanks
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    Final photo requests for Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds

    I am at last on the final proofs of the Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds, with final selection of photos almost complete and payment to be organised thereafter. I am still missing both Huon Catbird A. astigmaticus and White-eared Catbird (Arfaks and West Papuan Is) in the narrow sense. Also...
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    Graceful Honeyeater

    Interesting paper by Lloyd Nielsen about the likelihood of there being two species of Graceful Honeyeater in N Queensland, with substantial vocal differences and some minor morphological distinctions pdf here
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    Pocket Field Guide to Birdlife of Queensland by Michael Morcombe

    Pocket Field Guide to Birdlife of Queensland by Michael Morcombe, Steve Parish $29.95 pp. 324 Nice to see a guide that is just for Queensland, and in handy pocket size for once, unusual in Australian field guides that for years have mainly had cumbersome sizes for many editions. The laminated...
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    Solomon Islands guide training Sept 2018

    A pdf of my bird guide training programme in Sept 2018, visiting Honiara, Gizo, Ranongga, Vella Lavella and Santa Cruz (Temotu)
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    Kingfisher, Gizo, Solomon Is

    Very pale beneath and looked about Sacred size, but how to tell from some form of Melanesian Kingfisher- though the local alberti is bigger and some are richly coloured below? Thanks
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    Algerian Nuthatch Aug 2018

    ALGERIA August 21-24 2018 Phil Gregory Aug 21 Gatwick to Algiers 0925-1215, then 6 hour wait for flight to Constantine 1825 where met by Karim and visited a small park by his house for Scops Owl (heard) Aug 22 Forest de Bouafrane (Djimla) dep 0400 arrive 0700, leave 1100; trip to coastal...
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    Eagle from Mongolia

    Seen up in the taiga near Terelj NP, the pale underwing coverts seem wrong for Great Spotted and I suspect some sort of Steppe Eagle, but would like advice. Thanks
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    4 from Dalanzadgad, Mongolia June 2018

    Advice as to identity appreciated, thanks
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    Lesser Kestrel Mole Np Ghana?

    This female plumage kestrel was delicately built and both James and I thought Lesser, but would like confirmation or otherwise. The same rain overnight downed a flock of 18 Red-footed Falcons elsewhere in the park that day
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    snake from Principe

    Afrotyphlops elegans? A species of worm-snake I think- can anyone confirm? Bom Bom Resort on Principe. Thanks Sicklebill
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    Queries from Sao Tome and Principe

    A skink from Sao Tome, and some sort of small lizard from Principe- any ideas please? Thanks Sicklebill
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    Aleutian Tern in New South Wales

    13 at Old Bar near Taree yesterday, in non-breeding plumage which is very little known. First record fro Australia apart from one seen at the same spot last year and as yet unsubmitted. I attach a few pix, and one with what I think is a White-fronted Tern in front of 3 Aleutians. Thoughts on the...
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    Two dragonflies from Boulder

    Help please, both at a marsh near Boulder last month. Thanks
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    Brown, blue and Fritillary from Colorado

    All taken around 3500 m at Independence pass near Aspen, help appreciated for identifying though I imagine the blue will prove difficult Thanks
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    Comma type in Colorado

    Can someone please help me out with this one, taken at Grand Mesa Aug 28. The second isa blue sp. from Independence Pass at 3650 m next day. Thanks
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    Photos for Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds

    This is my last appeal for images that may be suitable for the Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds title that is being finalised for A & C Black/Helm Publishers. We can pay a modest fee if the image is used, and obviously credit the photo. My thanks to those who so kindly sent in some very useful...
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    The Jewel Hunter

    I am trying to get in touch with Chris Goodie, author of the hugely entertaining "The Jewel Hunter", the quest for all the 32 (as of 2010) species then recognised. I want to ask permission to quote a very short section from the Halmahera chapter, can someone please send me his email? Thanks
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    Ibis and Emu journals

    I have long runs of these Ibis and Emu journals dating back to the 1990's, with a few odd gaps but basically pretty good. I am wondering what to do with them, I was recently able to donate a lot of issues of Oryx and ABA Birding to Gluepot Reserve in South Australia. Anyone out there have any...