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  1. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    The two last ones from Pulicat Lake, seen today: 965: Booted Warbler 966: Laughing Dove I'm happy with this year as I have heard an additional 36 species. So I have recorded 1002 species this year!
  2. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    It's getting harder and harder to add new species, but here are two more: 27/12/2011 - Lake Ousteri 963: Indian Nightjar 28/12/2011 - Pondicherry 964: House Swift
  3. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    Today I visited Vedanthangal, a bird sanctuary south of Chennai (aka Madras). It was packed with birds, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Ibises, Cormorants and many more. Also managed to add some new ones: 26/12/2011 - Vedanthangal 955: Black-headed Ibis 956: Yellow-wattled Lapwing 957: Richard's Pipit...
  4. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    A morning spent at Lake Ousteri (or Ossudu) in some woodland habitat. Nice birding, another four to add. 24/12/2011 951: Pale-billed Flowerpecker 952: Asian Paradise Flycatcher 953: Brahminy Starling 954: Chestnut-winged Cuckoo
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    This morning I visited Manabakkan salt pans and the Alambara Fort at the coast. A lot of birds this year, Pacific Golden Plovers in extraordinary numbers. And some new ones to the list: 23/12/2011 944: Gull-billed Tern 945: Little Tern 946: Great Crested Tern 947: White-browed Wagtail 948...
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    And there are still new ones to come in, this time again from a late afternoon stroll at Lake Ousteri, near Pondicherry. 21/12/2011 941: Ashy Prinia 942: Indian Pitta (nicely seen) 943: Black-headed Cuckoo-shrike
  7. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    An outing to Gingee today, some 50kms away from Pondicherry: 20/12/2011 937: Blue Rock-thrush 938: Yellow-throated Bulbul 939: Indian Eagle-Owl 940: Dusky Crag-martin
  8. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    Big day out to Kaliveli Wetland, a huge wetland north of Pondicherry. Difficult to reach but surely equals places like Pulicat Lake which are much better known. 18/12/2011 - Kaliveli 899: Indian Shag 900: Little Cormorant 901: Oriental Darter 902: Purple Heron 903: Asian Openbill 904: Painted...
  9. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    Back to the Mainland. No real birding yet but some common Indian species to add. 15/12/2011 892: Pied Kingfisher 893: Little Green Bee-eater 894: Black-winged Kite 895: Indian Roller 896: Caspian Tern 17/12/2011 897: Red-vented Bulbul 898: Common Tailorbird
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    And the last three days on the Andamans: 12/12/2011 - Mount Harriet and Chiriya Tapu 877: Dollarbird 878: Asian Fairy-Bluebird 879: Ashy Drongo 880: Slaty-breasted Rail 881: Andaman Hawk-Owl 882: Andaman Scops-Owl 13/12/2011 - Chiriya Tapu and North Wandoor 883: Andaman Crake 884: Red-throated...
  11. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    Getting closer to the big goal. Unfortunately 1000 is out of reach with my itinerary, as expected. 11/12/2011 - Chidia Tappu and Sippighat 869: Besra Sparrowhawk 870: Brahminy Kite 871: Andaman Woodpigeon (nice picture taken) 872: House Swallow 873: Forest Wagtail 874: Dusky Warbler 875...
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    I needed some sleep in the morning, so I only went to Mount Harriet in the evening. Very nice Woodpecker and Owl. 10/12/2011 - Mount Harriet 864: Andaman Woodpecker 865: Hume`s Hawk-Owl 866: Edible-nest Swiftlet 867: Vernal Hanging-Parrot 868: Small Minivet
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    In the morning I explored Sippighat, an area of tidal creeks and marshes. In the late evening I did some owling around Chidyia Tappu. Heard 4 species but only saw one. 09/12/2011 - Sippighat and Chidyia Tappu 843: Intermediate Egret 844: Striated Heron 845: Yellow Bittern 846: Lesser...
  14. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    Today I visited Mount Harriet. Nice forest but slow birding, as in most tropical forests. Very hot today. 08/12/2011 - Mount Harriet 821: Andaman Serpent-Eagle 822: White-bellied Sea-Eagle 823: Green Imperial-Pigeon 824: Emerald Dove 825: Andaman Green Pigeon 826: Long-tailed Parakeet 827...
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    Landed in the morning in Port Blair on the Andamans. First I explored Port Blair, a rather uninspiring Indian city. 07/12/2011 - Port Blair 812: Pacific Reef-Heron 813: Pacific Golden-Plover 814: Greater Sand-Plover 815: Terek Sandpiper 816: White-bellied Swiftlet 817: Brown-throated...
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    And finally in India. 04/12/2011 - Chennai (formerly Madras) 791: Rose-ringed Parakeet 792: Asian Koel 793: Asian Palm-Swift 794: Common Myna 795: House Crow 796: Indian Jungle Crow 05/12/2011 - Chennai, Theosophical Garden and Adyar Estuary 797: Spot-billed Pelican 798: Indian Pond-Heron 799...
  17. wintibird

    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    Finally some new birds again for the year list. I went seeing the Diver which was first reported on Sunday and the Goshawk came as a bonus;) So 110 to go in India! 23/11/2011 - Rheinsfelden, Rhine 789: Goshawk 790: Red-throated Diver
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    A strange combination today. I went to the Alps but then a text came in and I had to rush back to Zürich: 16/10/2011 787: Hazelhen - a nice male, good views 788: Sabine's Gull - in Zürich, my first one for Switzerland
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    11/10/2011 786: Bearded Tit A nice group today in the Rhinedelta, Austria
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    Wintibird's attempt to see 900 species of birds in 2011

    18/09/2011 - Neeracherried (in pouring rain) 783: Little Stint 20/09/2011 - Nuolenerried 784: Buff-breasted Sandpiper Together with two Pectoral Sandpipers! My second Buff-breasted and much better than the first one! 25/09/2011 - Swiss Alps 785: Eurasian Pygmy Owl Always a stunning wee bird!
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