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    Mediterranean Gulls, NW Italy, Liguria, Feb

    Yes, Med Gulls. Adults and a 2nd winter(one with a little black in primaries).
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    Gull with black on wings, Serbia, SE Europe

    Agree with Little Gull esp with that carpal bar.
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    Raptors, Marettimo Sicily

    Pale morph Booted Eagle
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    Seen near Juneau, Alaska

    Both Surf Scoters
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    Three waders near Titchwell, UK

    1) Dunlin 2) Curlew Sand 3) Grey Plover
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    Isle of Skye, Loch Ainort.

    Yep winter plumage Black Guillemot
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    riu guanacaste (palace) mid trip review. please ask any questions

    I used a guide off the beach(with pink tshirts) on non birding trips. I did see some decent stuff on these and they have a decent basic knowledge. However, if you are keen to see specific and difficult-to-see species, you really need to use Olivier Esquivel. I had a list of key species & he...
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    Bird Guides around Guanacaste

    Hi Rich, Have you tried Olivier Esquivel? I used him twice in April and was very good. I have details for him if you need them. Cheers Steve
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    is this a Pied-billed Grebe? (Netherlands)

    No ducks here I'm afraid, Common Moorhens
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    Costa Rica Holiday

    Hi Andy, If you want any gen on specific species, just let me know. With 7 hours time difference, we were up early every day and early to bed. Will post further details on species seen on trips out next few days. Cheers Steve
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    Costa Rica Holiday

    We had guided tours to Palo Verde(boat cruise) and all day rain forest(Heliconias Lodge) with Olivier Esquivel. These were excellent and secured many more highlight species especially given Olivier's knowledge of calls in dense forest. We visited the hot springs at Vandara(ideal for none...
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    Costa Rica Holiday

    I managed almost 80 species by myself during walks up to 1 mile from hotel. I dare say there could be more to be found but the intense heat does start to increase as mornings progress. The following is the list seen from hotel walks : Magnificent Frigatebird, Neotropic Cormorant, Brown...
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    Costa Rica Holiday

    Hi Andrew & Scottish Birder, There are plenty of birding opportunities close to the Hotel Riu Guanacaste. The main areas to look at are as follows : 1).Path along side of hotel bordering wooded hillside. 2).Track starting at far end of beach going up hill towards next bay. 3). Walk from...
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    Costa Rica Holiday

    Just got back from two fantastic weeks in CR staying at the Riu Guanacaste. Loads of great species on the doorstep. & plenty within a 2 hour drive. Ideal place for non birding partner too. I'll start adding details in the coming days.
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    Costa Rica Holiday

    Hi, I have also booked 2 weeks at the same hotel in April. Try the following link : http://ecoexplorercr.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=2 Apparently one of the guides is very good. Prices very reasonable too. I'm a v keen(obsessive) birder but the wife isn't. These...
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    Bird so from Scilly 2000

    I was on in 2000 Rob & I seem to remember a strange Wheatear coming on the CB. At the time is was suggested to be a poss BEW. However, upon closer inspection, and seeing the tail pattern well, observers agreed on it being a strange bedraggled Northern.
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    Accipiter nisus or Accipiter gentilis?

    Yep def Sprawk. Way too light build, narrow square cut tail, small head etc
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    wader Serengeti Tanzania

    Agree with Ruff
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    Sparrow? - UK

    Yes, male House Sparrow
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    Waterfowl, Watson Lake, Prescott, AZ

    First pic shows Pintail with Pied-Billed Grebe behind. The second pic shows domesticated Mallard crosses.
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    Bristish Passerine, late October...

    Definitely Dunnock.
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    Czech Republic

    Yes a Whinchat
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    Small bird - Madeira

    I would have gone for Spectacled on Madeira
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    ID confirmation, Scotland Durness

    Yes, in Summer plumage
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    I'd love it to be a lammergeier...

    Agree with Bonelli's.