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  1. Paul Collins

    Abruzzo's Bears, Wolves and more

    I have written a trip report for my annual trip to Italy's unspoilt Abruzzo National Park with my photography friends, for its wonderful birdlife (Lilford's White-Backed Woodpecker, Rock Partridge, Golden Eagle, Wryneck, Collared Flycatcher and more) and its endemic mammals: the rare Marsican...
  2. Paul Collins

    Italy's Abruzzo: Bears, Wolves, Chamois & Birds

    I have been visiting the Abruzzo every summer and autumn since 2017, for its endemic mammals (Marsican Bear, Apennine Wolf, Chamois) and fantastic birdlife. A relatively unknown part of Italy among naturalists, there has been a gradually growing interest in the area but it still feels unspoilt...
  3. Paul Collins

    Panama Canopy Tower for rainforest wildlife & photography (April/May 2024)

    I'd be looking at 7 nights there (4 nights Canopy Tower, 3 nights Canopy Lodge), flying from London. So really allow for 8 to 9 days for travel. Fly to Panama City, pickup and just 1hr drive to the Canopy Tower, and an ease in with birding from the tower's roof / hammocks. Easy transfer from...
  4. Paul Collins

    Panama Canopy Tower for rainforest wildlife & photography (April/May 2024)

    Hi all, After a fabulous previous visit to Panama, I'm planning a visit to the excellent Canopy Tower (near Panama City; pictured) and possibly Canopy Lodge. This will likely be for a week or so in mid/late April, at the start of the green season, to coincide with bird migrations (Panama is a...
  5. Paul Collins

    Pine Bunting? - Thessaloniki, Greece (January)

    Ok thanks Lou for confirming
  6. Paul Collins

    Pine Bunting? - Thessaloniki, Greece (January)

    Hi, I was birdwatching with a guide around Lake Kerkini and Thessaloniki in mid January, and there is a site which had 3 or 4 Pine Buntings overwintering. I mainly saw Reed and Corn Bunting, but we spotted one individual (pictures attached) which looked a bit different to us. My guide noted a...
  7. Paul Collins

    Svalbard in June / July 2023

    Hi Jose, Dates probably around 9th-16th June, as I find that coincides well with the highest concentration of bird migration and courtship. Possibly previous week 3rd-9th as well. Any trip that happens in July will be less bird focussed; we may get some chicks, but emphasis is really on the...
  8. Paul Collins

    Svalbard in June 2023 - interested?

    Hi all, I am returning to Longyearbyen in Svalbard (Norwegian Arctic) in the first part of June for about 5-6 days, to coincide with: bird migration and courtship (phalaropes, divers, king eiders, little auks), whales, walruses, and arctic fox activity. I may also return in July, with a...
  9. Paul Collins

    Svalbard in June / July 2023

    Hi all, I am returning to Longyearbyen in Svalbard (Norwegian Arctic) in the first part of June for about 5-6 days, to coincide with: bird migration and courtship (phalaropes, divers, king eiders, little auks), whales, walruses, and arctic fox activity. I may also return in July, with a...
  10. Paul Collins

    Japanese Bush Warblers? - Tokyo

    Exactly! If I had just been shown the 3rd photo and without any context given, I would have assumed a phylloscopus warbler. By the way I think yours is dusky, and it does show how similar they are in my opinion, even though face to face they're pretty different.
  11. Paul Collins

    Japanese Bush Warblers? - Tokyo

    Yes I thought Japanese bush warbler is the default. But I thought the last photo could be something else because the head angle , supercilium, eye stripe and lighting in the photo were leading me astray to Arctic warbler. Thank you both.
  12. 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...
  13. Paul Collins

    Buntings - Tokyo

    Interesting about the shrikes. Ive only visited Tokyo once but what I’ve seen in a few bird guides and eBird is of bull-headed shrikes being less common in the centre.
  14. Paul Collins

    Buntings - Tokyo

    Thank you all, I keep learning new things here. The two birds were together. I’d seen illustration and photos of female grey bunting which didn’t quite match but this illustration seems a much better fit. I agree I don’t see reed bunting here, but unsure of asiatic variations and if they’d differ.
  15. Paul Collins

    Buntings - Tokyo

    Chestnut-Eared sounds possible, why not Black-Faced? Not sure about exact part of Tokyo - but I think near a river if that is any help. Bull-headed shrike were seen there too, which as far as I know are more likely further out of the city than in the centre.
  16. 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
  17. Paul Collins

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

    Ah yes I see what you mean about tail barring. Thank you both!
  18. 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...
  19. Paul Collins

    Little Owl or Lilith's? Bodrum, S Turkey

    Ok we’re in agreement, thank you!
  20. Paul Collins

    Warbler ID - Karoo NP, South Africa, August

    Not my area of strength but maybe Long-Billed Pipit, seen that day? Also saw African Rock Pipit
  21. Paul Collins

    Warbler ID - Karoo NP, South Africa, August

    Aha good start, there were a few pipits that day so I’ll take a look in that guide section. Thanks
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. Paul Collins

    Plovers - Ishigaki, Japan (Jan 2020)

    Okay great thank you! As for the calidris, I'd written them off as dunlin but actually see what you mean about stint. Here's a clearer shot of them. Do you think red-necked stint for these? Ishigaki's great; I was on Iriomote too for a couple of days and was amazed to get to top of...
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