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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    31 December 2011 No birding today, grandson took priority, therefore the year finishes on a personal record of 565 World Year Birds. This was thanks to some extra business trips I was lucky enough to make to some new countries where Dave Candy (Thailand), Barbara Tompkins and Laura (Dallas)...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    30 December 2011 Before the rain closed in for the day Steve and I visited Netherfield Lagoons to the east of Nottingham. There were a good few birders looking for the Siberian Chiffchaff along the Ouse Dyke when we arrived, the bird had been seen earlier but wasn’t playing game while we were...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    Thank you very much to the tenth Birdforum Member to rank this thread. Double figures, a first! :t: 26 December 2011 With just five days left in the year, having smashed my record World Year List, I have been contemplating whether I will have enough time, with festive family commitments, to...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    18 December 2011 My first visit to Gedling Pit Top (Photo1) near Nottingham this morning produced some breathtaking views of a Rough-legged Buzzard soaring over the city’s skyline (Photo 2). 562.Rough-legged Buzzard------------Gedling Pit Top----------------England There were al least 50...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    13 December 2011 Funny how you can add to your year list in unexpected ways! During a meeting in one of our Beijing offices, at the airport, I could hear a woodpecker calling but couldn’t decipher what it was. We were just about to take a break so I brought this forward. I had my binocs and...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    28 November 2011 Very saddened to hear that the American Wigeon was predated by a Great Black Backed Gull two days after Steve and I saw it! :C 7 December 2011 My six and last visit to China of the year started with a Team Away Day at the Double Tree Hilton Resort (Photo 1) in Sanya on Hainan...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    26 November 2011 Steve and I met up this morning for our first day birding together for a couple of months, Rutland Water being our destination. Viewing from the Fisherman’s Car Park on the North Arm we could see vast numbers of wildfowl stretching right round the shoreline, taking advantage...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    23 November 2011 (Continued) It took just ten minutes for Frankie to drive me back to my hotel. I thanked Frankie for her kindness in taking me out at such short notice and introducing me to ten new birds before she left (Photo1). There was still a few minutes left before the night drew in so I...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    Thank you to the 9th person to Rank this thread, again it is very much appreciated that you took the time to do this 23 November 2011 (Continued) Three large terns were cruising along the waterway, which turned out to be Gull Billed Terns (Photo1). I had actually seen these already this year...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    Thank you so much to the 7th and 8th Birdforum Members for ranking this thread. I am so pleased you enjoy reading these updates. It is my way of remembering how lucky I am to visit so many wonderful places, seeing so many wonderful birds and meeting so many wonderful people during my Business...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    23 November 2011 (Continued) Two smaller birds then flew into a bush. Although they were hidden amongst the branches there was enough visible to confirm yet another lifer, Indian Silverbills (Photo1) which we did get much better views of later. 546.Indian Silverbill---------Al Khaleej Al Arabi...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    23 November 2011 Knowing I was due to take a quick two day trip to Abu Dhabi I contacted fellow Birdforum member Francesca1956 to ask for advice about birding around the area. She kindly offered to meet up for an afternoon birding on the Wednesday before my flight home. Frankie picked me up...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    1 November 2011 While I was in Malaysia Steve text to advise me about a Squacco Heron that had been seen at Attenborough, Nottingham. With it being a lifer I was checking Birdguides after being picked up from Manchester Airport to see if the bird was still around? Arriving home before my wife...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    31 October 2011 (Continued....) Mike then directed us to the Freshwater Marsh (Photo1) pointing out a Giant Honey Bee nest strung along the underside of a large branch. There was no structure just the bees’ bodies guarding the honey. We didn’t want to get close to that! Common Emerald Doves...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    31 October 2011 (Continued…) ………….Laced Woodpecker (Photo 1), a second lifer in less than an hour! 536.Laced Woodpecker--------Sungei Buloh----------------Singapore The reserve, run by the Singapore government, was very well maintained with boardwalks and viewing platforms (Photo 2)...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    31 October 2011 Another day another country, it was to be my last day in Asia after being away from home for nearly three weeks. Mike and I decided to go for something a bit different after two days in the jungle, therefore I jumped into the taxi Mike had just arrived in at my hotel and we left...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    30 October 2011 (Continued…) Back again through the jungle we came across the same gentlemen we saw leaving the jungle yesterday. Again he had his shirt open and looked very purposeful. We started chatting and he introduced himself as Dexter from Boston Massachusetts. A birder for ten years...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    30 October 2011 We were up before dawn Sunday morning heading for Panti hoping to pick up some night birds. Mike suddenly stopped the car below a Crested Serpent Eagle sitting on a dead tree. The bird was totally indifferent to us, watching dawn break (Photo1) Arriving at the Panti Bird...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    29 October 2011 (Continued…) The first bird we picked up in this area was a Black Baza, followed a couple of minutes later by a Pink Necked Green Pigeon 506.Black Baza ----------------------Panti----------------------Malaysia 507.Pink Necked Green...
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    China Birds (Nick Sismey) 2011 List (UK, China, Hong Kong & ?)

    29 October 2011 (Continued…) Mike drove us back ten kilometres to a roadside restaurant (Photo1) that he had used many times before. The food was very basic but very good and following a visit to one of the many fruit stalls on the way back to the jungle we were set up for the afternoon. This...
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