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  1. Paul Collins

    Japanese Bush Warblers? - Tokyo

    Hi all, A friend of a friend sent me these pictures taken today in Tokyo. I don't have any details on location or behaviour, just these 3 shots. Pic 1 looks like Japanese Bush Warbler to me. Pic 2 could be the same bird. Pic 3 could be another Japanese Bush Warbler, but at a first glance I...
  2. Paul Collins

    Buntings - Tokyo

    Hi, 2 buntings sent from a friend in Tokyo this week. The first I think is a Grey Bunting. The second I'm a bit stumped on - female reed, black-faced? Grey Bunting? Reed / Black-Faced? not convinced. Thanks, Paul
  3. Paul Collins

    Common Or Rough-Legged Buzzard? - Somerset Levels, UK

    Hi, A friend of mine photographed this approachable buzzard in Westhay, Somerset Levels (UK), I think in the last month or so. I was struck by the head and wondered could this be a rough-legged buzzard, or is it a transitioning common buzzard? I've no first hand experience of Rough-Legs but it...
  4. Paul Collins

    Little Or Lilith's Owl? SW Turkey, June

    Hi, Maybe the title of this thread will be enough to confirm an ID! I saw this owl one hot June day in Bitez, near Bodrum (South-West Turkey). I think this is a Little Owl (maybe A.N. indigena) but, since reading "Owls Of The World" am confused whether the similar Lilith's Owl's range extends...
  5. Paul Collins

    Little Owl or Lilith's? Bodrum, S Turkey

    Hi, Maybe the title of this thread will be enough to confirm an ID! I saw this owl one hot June day in Bitez, near Bodrum (South-West Turkey). I think this is a Little Owl (maybe A.N. indigena) but, since reading "Owls Of The World" am confused whether the similar Lilith's Owl's range extends...
  6. Paul Collins

    Warbler ID - Karoo NP, South Africa, August

    Hi, I saw this presumed warbler on a visit to the Karoo National Park in South Africa, late August 2016. This photo has always had me stumped as I recall seeing a Namaqua Warbler at the same time, which this doesn't appear to be. Unless it's a skulking tree-dwelling pipit, I'm a bit stumped...
  7. Paul Collins

    Plovers - Ishigaki, Japan (Jan 2020)

    Hi all, Hoping someone can shed light on these plovers. I saw this flock of about 100 plovers in Ishigaki on Maesato Beach last weekend. These are tight crops of two different photos. I think this first image has a Kentish Plover (in the foreground, facing us), and then Greater and/or Lesser...
  8. Paul Collins

    Churring Bird in Normandy, France (August)

    Hi, I heard a bird call I was not familiar with whilst on holiday in Normandy, northern France, last August. Having visited Normandy a lot, I was surprised to not recognise the call. I've just come across the video I made to record its call and in hope of spotting it...
  9. Paul Collins

    Svalbard June 2019

    Hi, this June I'm looking for people to join me on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard this summer. I have a small group of birdwatchers and nature-lovers, photographers, filmmakers and artists coming, so whatever your interest there is opportunity to fulfil it! I'm going from 1st June to...
  10. Paul Collins

    Panama (Bocas del Toro) info/guide

    Hi all, I'll be in Bocas Del Toro archipelago this March and keen to do some birding around the islands and on the immediate mainland - Changuinola Canal, Chiriqui Grande and the Two Tanks Road, and if possible Parque Nacional La Amistad. If you have any information on birding this area, or...
  11. Paul Collins

    NW Panama (Bocas del Toro) in March

    Hi all, I'll be in Bocas Del Toro archipelago this March from England, and keen to do some birding around the islands and on the immediate mainland - Changuinola Canal, Chiriqui Grande and the Two Tanks Road, and if possible Parque Nacional La Amistad. If anyone's free for birding at any...
  12. Paul Collins

    Edinburgh Bird Photo Workshops - Winter 2017

    Hi! I'm offering BIRD PHOTO Workshops on the east coast near Edinburgh throughout this winter. Highlights include: * 20,000 Pink-Footed Geese at sunset * Very approachable shorebirds - Purple Sandpiper, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Redshank - and a range of seaducks such as Long-Tailed Duck and...
  13. Paul Collins

    Sparrows - Texas (April 2017)

    Hi, I have various sparrow photos from west Texas (late April). For some reason these ones have me stumped. Seen in dry desert areas with mesquite. Field Sparrow? - seen at Caprock Canyons State Park Clay-Coloured Sparrow? - seen at Big Bend National Park Olive Sparrow? Not sure, the...
  14. Paul Collins

    Yellowish Moth ID - May, Normandy (France)

    Hi, I saw this moth in my field in Normandy, flying around during the daytime. I'm a bit stuck on the ID as it doesn't look like any yellow underwing I'm familiar and can't find other options. Any thoughts? Many thanks, Paul
  15. Paul Collins

    Texas - April 2017

    Overview I have just returned from an 18-day trip to Texas, catching up with my old university friend Mohammad. It has long been my desire to pay a visit to the Lone Star State. Having heard all about the mass warbler and wader fall-outs that occur on the gulf coast every spring, the Mexican...
  16. Paul Collins

    Cape Vulture or Martial Eagle? West Coast NP, South Africa

    Hi all, I spotted this raptor in the West Coast National Park in South Africa, back in late August 2016. At the time my friend and I thought it was a juvenile Martial Eagle on account of its distinctive black-and-white wings, the dark tail and the head shape. On reflection now Cape Vulture...
  17. Paul Collins

    Wild Slovenia - August 2015

    Introduction Charlie first mentioned the idea of a Slovenia trip to me in a warm pub in Arundel last winter. During one of our regular wanders around a bird reserve - on this occasion, the WWT reserve of the same name - he had seemed a bit preoccupied, making the walk much more bracing than...
  18. Paul Collins

    Southern White-Breasted Hedgehog? Slovenia

    Hi, I saw a hedgehog early morning the other day near Polhov Gradec, in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia. I am wondering whether the Western European Hedgehog (e. europaeus) or Northern White-Breasted Hedgehog (e. roumanicus) is more likely. I didn't have a good view of its underside...
  19. Paul Collins

    Slovenia - Yellowhammer and Water Pipit?

    Hi, My friend saw these birds yesterday in Slovenia, respectively on Mali Stol and Mangartsko Setlo. Is this a juvenile Yellowhammer? If so, why? And is this a Water Pipit? This bird is apparently very common on Mt Mangart but the bird seems to be in full winter plumage despite it being...
  20. Paul Collins

    Best Urban Bird Migrations?

    I am keen to hear what are the most amazing urban bird migrations you have seen? Maybe raptors in Gibraltar or Morocco? Or hummingbirds in Phoenix, Arizona? Or purple martins in Texas? Paul
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