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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Wow, what a great kick off to 2022! Good thing the reed and bush warblers sing.... Not too many flight shots of Japanese Quail that sharp around indeed. Congrats on a full and complete thrashing of your old record. I tried for 100 species on one 8km stretch of road 2 springs ago in a day and...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Hi Mike, I will withhold comments about you calling below 10 degrees chilly. Hong Kong seems to be the place to be in December, some great East Asian species and fantastic photos as well. I especially enjoyed the winter plumaged Black-faced Buntings - good memories of those.
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Wowsers on the Buttonquail! Difficult to photograph indeed!
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    That's the proper way to photograph Yellow Bittern and beauty Whiskered Tern flight shot!
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Some great species there Mike. Love the phalaropes and the photo of them doing their typical thing. Beware the fire ants!
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Some great species there Owen. That Liaohekou Nature Reserve sounds like a place to revisit for sure. Is that the one that has Red-crowned Cranes? Good numbers of Oystercatchers and Avocets. Congrats of the Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler! Another small warbler to look out for that spends a...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Love the photos Mike. Especially love the Red-necked Phalarope shot. Tom
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    White-throated Rock Thrush male! Stunner! Love the egret and heron shots as well. Great to hear about the rookery and the fact that it is behind a fee :)
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Wow Owen, what a post!! I must admit that every time I see a Saunders's gull in breeding plumage my heart jumps. Some great species there including the Pied Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit. Of interest, Bar-tailed Godwit far far far outnumbered Black-tailed (100:1) on the east coast of...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Thanks Mike, I wasn't sure about what you meant regarding a pdf but just finished submitting T69 under the observation report section of that website. Was able to add a photo, etc.. and I believe it went through. I'm not sure how well known the small breeding site in Liaoning is as there were...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Interesting bird indeed. Very special to be able to "get to know" a specific individual. All of my other photos of this one are by itself so unfortunately there's no more size comparison opportunities. It's so special to be able to know exact individuals to form such a clear link between...
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Hi Mike, great to hear about the total number now over 5000, indeed a success story. I always love to hear how the DMZ is actually aiding the spoonbill recovery. Here's one photographed by Zhuanghe, Liaoning. I forget if I ever tracked down where exactly it was number banded. T69 is the number.
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Love this report Owen and fantastic photos as well. The Saunders's behaviour is of a nesting bird? It's too early for them to have eggs now though? I've read that they nest on "undisturbed" sandy beaches in the Panjin area. Great to see them in full breeding plumage - one of the best looking...
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Some great pics Owen and some good species. Sorry to hear about your "expert" that wasted a day for you!
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Love the photos Mike and some great birds there. Love the pic of both spoonbill species together. There aren't too many places to get such a picture. I wish I was still in south and east Liaoning to welcome back the Black-faced Spoonbill. I think they usually arrived in late April or early...
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    Costa Rica (Pavones area) Aug, 2012

    Excellent, thanks so much to both of you.
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    Costa Rica (Pavones area) Aug, 2012

    Hello, Going through old photos and these two from Costa Rica in August of 2012 won't go into ebird as the species I have labelled them as without having to add a specie to the suggested list. Just wanting to have more opinions before I add a specie to the ebird suggested list. Thanks so much
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    Terns - Bali, Indonesia Feb. 10, 2015

    These photos are from Feb. 10, 2015. All in the same place at the same time. Not sure if different colour bills indicates different ages or different species.
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Love that Egret shot Mike and both Spoonbills in the same day is always a treat. Like the Ferr. Duck photo as well. Tom
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    Vietnam 2 species

    Going through some old photos. These were taken in Feb. 2016 in Vietnam along the road between Dalat and Mui Ne in a protected area of forest. Highish elevation but not crazy high. Many thanks for your thoughts. Tom
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Hi Owen, Dandong is a great birding destination. The Yalu Jiang (River) from the ocean to the Great Wall section there can be really good for ducks in the winter. Male Smew can be seen along main road along the river there as well as many others. The grounds around the great wall section are...
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Nice record Owen. I've only seen Hazel Grouse in Liaoning at very high elevation in forest (Phoenix Mountain near Dandong). The way you described it reminded me of Japanese Quail as well. I've also seen Daurian Partridge once in a similar manner. Quite an experience to have one fly right...
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Congrats Owen. Love the Grebes out of water shot. They look funny and very unusual to see them out on the land like that indeed. Horned Grebes are always nice. Nice pics.
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    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Love the tern shots with the buildings in the background Mike. Must have been tough to get the birds in focus but still have the buildings visible? I'm not a photography expert but don't you need a very high F stop to make that happen?
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    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Nice Cormorant flight shot Owen!
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