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    Eurasian Curlew or Far Eastern Curlew? (Kyushu, Japan)

    @foresttwitcher @sicklebill @johnallcock Thank you very much!
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    Eurasian Curlew or Far Eastern Curlew? (Kyushu, Japan)

    I thought I was just shooting photos of Whimbrels until I processed them later and realized 2 of the birds were much larger. My guestimate: Eastern Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata orientalis Can anyone ID the Curlews in these pictures? Unfortunately I only got the Whimbrels in flight. But at...
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    Tattler: Gray-Tailed or Wandering (Kyushu, Japan)

    I'm in Fukuoka City, on the west side. American. I travel around Kyushu fairly often, but haven't yet made it to Izumi. I did see some cranes in Hokkaido a few years back, though, but I only started getting particularly interested in birds about 2 years ago. Any good places in particular for...
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    Tattler: Gray-Tailed or Wandering (Kyushu, Japan)

    Thanks so much, @MacNara. Yeah, I realize the chances of finding some of these rare birds are pretty slim. Actually, I don't see a lot of birders where I am. I thought there would be more. A few here and there. If only seen one place along a city river where people congregate with long lenses...
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    Tattler: Gray-Tailed or Wandering (Kyushu, Japan)

    @HouseCrow Next time, a Wanderer! I know what to look for now. Thanks so much!
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    Tattler: Gray-Tailed or Wandering (Kyushu, Japan)

    Thank you! Gray-tailed was my initial conclusion but then I started second-guessing it . . . And honestly I couldn't figure out how to tell the difference visually between scutellated and reticulated, even after looking it up. The "big rectangular plates" helped specify that, thanks.
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    Tattler: Gray-Tailed or Wandering (Kyushu, Japan)

    I came across a Tattler and am having trouble identifying it. Any help would be much appreciated! The more I read up about the difference between these two species, the more confused I get. I've looked at the various factors, and these are my interpretations and guesses: Barring (lighter, more...
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    Vega Gull Eye, Orbital Ring

    I believe this is a Vega Gull, Larus argentatus vegae. I love the eyes on this one. BOW says regarding the Herring Gull, "In adults, the iris is straw or pale orange-yellow and becomes brighter in March–June; the orbital ring is yellow-orange to reddish orange in March–June, dulling to pinkish...
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    Bull-headed Shrike: Name origin & history

    Thank you both! I managed to find a dictionary of scientific bird names online. The entries below support these ideas. bucephala / bucephalus Gr. boukephalos bull-headed, large-headed (bull, ox; head). “Buffel’s Head Duck” (=male) of Catesby (1731; “these feathers make the head appear bigger...
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    Bull-headed Shrike: Name origin & history

    I've become interested in the Bull-headed Shrike and the history of its names and am working on a blog post. I understand the name Lanius bucephalus comes from Temminck & Schlegel, 1845. Why did they give it this name in particular? Bucephalus was Alexander the Great's horse, and the horse's...
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    I found the book; looks quite nice! A bit pricey. I will think about it. Wish there was a cheaper PDF.
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    Fantastic, thank you! I don't have one of those manuals of great detail but would love to access one.
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    Thank you everyone for the help. I think I am much clearer on identifying this species with male, female, and juvenile differences.
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    You are right about Fukuoka being quite warm. The weather has been enjoyable but on a deeper level, terrifying. Though weather throughout the country varies a bit, there was a report that cherry blossoms were in full bloom the earliest ever recorded this year—and the records go back 1200 years.
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    Now that I look again, this bird definitely has more saturated colors and no orange at all on the bill. This would be a male then. This photo taken in the same location, just a minute or two's walk away, earlier in the month. 2021/02/08.
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    Thanks, everyone. Perhaps these angles are helpful. The photos were taken on 2021/02/25. The orange is quite faint, but the color seems to extend to about 1/3 of the bill. I wasn't aware of the difference in chest color depending on underparts.
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    Hi. I'm in Japan.

    Thank you all very much. I would be glad to share some photos, too. Looking forward to getting to know this site better!
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    Hi. I'm in Japan.

    Hi everyone. I'm new here. I don't usually post this type of "I'm new here" message in forums, but I'm procrastinating tonight and I find myself here. I'm located in Fukuoka, Japan, if anyone's interested in birds in this region. I guess I've always been interested in birds, but didn't really...
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    Reply to review by 'Faer Out' on item 'EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM'

    I have had the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM for about 3 months. I use it for birds with a 1.4 extender on a Canon 5Div. This mark II no longer has push-pull. It's a very good lens, the best zoom I've owned. It's heavy, and I use it on outings for several hours at a time without a tripod...
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    Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Female? - Fukuoka, Japan

    Hi. I'm new here. I found something seemingly unusual. I think I can readily ID this bird as an Indian Small Blue Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis bengalensis (Common Kingfisher). Females can be distinguished readily by their lower mandibles being extensively orange except for the tip. However, here...
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