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  1. Tom Tarrant

    Crimson-breasted Woodpecker? central Bhutan

    Thanks Andy, we don't get too many 'Woodies' in Oz, but several of us on the tour questioned it's taxa. I'm not sure if we brought up it's 'age'... Tom
  2. Tom Tarrant

    Crimson-breasted Woodpecker? central Bhutan

    Saw this woodpecker near Trongsa, Bhutan in mid-May 2019, it responded to a Crimson-breasted WP call, the other two (2 and 3) are of another CB WP taken less than 100 kms away in Yongkhola last year. This years one (1 and 4) has much heavier-streaking on the breast and less red on the head. Is...
  3. Tom Tarrant

    Eastern Tibet & Western Sichuan, May 2016

    Great report Tom, am still working on mine (from May this year....) Just wonder if you could check your web-links as some of the pages are not displaying correctly (ie don't seem to be able to view page 16...and a couple of others) Cheers, Tom
  4. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    Hi Giovanni, Could the single note one be Hume's Warbler, it was fairly easy to see/hear in Sichuan forests this May, but I don't have the technology to listen properly today ( on a train) Check that out with XenoCanto Tom
  5. Tom Tarrant

    Female flycatcher in Sichuan, China

    Well done Mark, am not sure why I 'missed' Rufous-gorgetted....they were fairly common in the area. Tom
  6. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    re: Female flycatcher from Longanggou Well-done Roland, I think you've 'nailed' it...female Rufous-gorgetted for sure! They were very common throughout the area, (as were Slaty-backed Ian), but I did get a female Slaty-backed very close to this bird (...again, apologies for poor-quality of the...
  7. Tom Tarrant

    Female flycatcher in Sichuan, China

    Took this flycatcher pic along the Longcanggou Mountain road, Sichuan, China in May 2016. We thought at the time that it might be a female Slaty-blue Ficedula tricolor (I believe our guide Summer Wong has seen them here before) but some of the plumage features look inconsistent to me. It appears...
  8. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    Female flycatcher from Longanggou Took this flycatcher pic along the Longcanggou 'parrotbill' road fairly close to the new 'under-construction' panda resort. (Apologies for the poor-quality!) It was about 30m up a deciduous-tree in very poor light. There was a Chestnut-headed Tesia along the...
  9. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    Thanks for the 'heads-up' Andy, a fantastic trip, our guide was on 'top-form' and we saw some great birds and my first 'wild' wolves in forest near Baxi. I've posted some phyllosc pics from Longcanggou, Summer ID'd Claudia's, Emei and possibly Eastern Crowned in the area but I'm not sure if...
  10. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    Zoothera thrush? Last week we saw this thrush near Baxi near forested slope. We initially thought it was a Chinese Song Thrush but I think the wing-bar would have made it a Zoothera and not a Turdus thrush. Probably one of the 'newly'-created species formerly known as Plain-backed? Tom
  11. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    Flower Lake_odd gull? Some nice birds at Flower Lake today (13 May 16) including the 'mystery' gull attached (Common or Mew?) Temminck's Stint Dunlin Whiskered and White-winged Terns Common Kingfisher Tibetan Lark Citrine and Yellow Wagtails X10s
  12. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    Looking forward to my visit in early-May with guide Summer Wong and a couple of good friends, hope to get the 'Ultimate Chicken', other pretty 'Chooks' and heaps of singing migrants etc. I'm intending to make Ebird-lists for each location visited but am a bit apprehensive of the 'broadband'...
  13. Tom Tarrant

    Birding in Sichuan, China?

    Been birding in Sichuan yet? Why not have a go at our ID-quiz? You might want to go afterwards http://www.aviceda.org/aus/?p=76 (Note: there is a 'bug' which doesn't show the next question after answering one, please just click the 'Next' button if this occurs) Tom
  14. Tom Tarrant

    Nightjar from Abu Dhabi

    European race unwinii? OBC
  15. Tom Tarrant

    Nightjar from Abu Dhabi

    My friend Lemuel Cabahug recently (September 2015) photographed this nightjar in Abu Dhabi, he asks....is it European, Egyptian or Syke's? Tom
  16. Tom Tarrant

    Horsfield's or Oriental Cuckoo

    Don't know if this is helpful but Niall Moores has put some Korean cuckoo calls up which might be of some use.
  17. Tom Tarrant

    Sichuan Birding

    Have finally gotten around to finishing my trip-report from an eleven-day visit in May. Please take a look at http://www.aviceda.org/?p=99 and send any comments, I'm particularly interested in any mistakes that I might have made so any 'constructive' criticism is very welcome. Cheers Tom
  18. Tom Tarrant

    Chlidonias Goes To Asia, part three: 2013

    Hi Chlid, Are you still in Malaysia? If you still can why not go to Taman Negara? I had Slow Loris behind the HQ (.....admittedly quite a few years back ) I managed to film it, but can't even find it on the web anymore..... Any tips for Sichuan? hope to be there next month, might even have a...
  19. Tom Tarrant

    Chlidonias Goes To Asia, part three: 2013

    Pallas's Cat Hi Chlid, Next stop Nepal? http://wildnet.org/updates/pallass-cat-found-first-time-nepal
  20. Tom Tarrant

    Cuckoo, Western Australia

    I initially thought this was a Horsfield's but they usually have some rufous in the upper tail, I don't have any experience of Shining in the west but the green doesn't look 'deep-green' enough (for an eastern aus bird) but I think this is what I would go for, Horsfield's should have a definite...
  21. Tom Tarrant

    Birds from New Guinea (West Papua)

    Brian Coates, co-author and publisher of Birds of Wallacea, emailed me today to let me know that the bird is a male Biak Black Flycatcher (Myiagra atra) See http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/biak-flycatcher-myiagra-atra/perched-male-bird Tom
  22. Tom Tarrant

    Birds from New Guinea (West Papua)

    Still doesn't look a 'Shining'-type to me.....will pass this on to some friends more familiar with New Guinea birds.
  23. Tom Tarrant

    Birds from New Guinea (West Papua)

    Mark, I have a bit of experience of these flycatchers and it could be a Shining-type but I dont think so, I'm still struggling with this one
  24. Tom Tarrant

    Birds from New Guinea (West Papua)

    Wow, this is a myiagra flycatcher, if it's not a 'tampered' photograph it's a first for me. Doesn't look like a 'Shining' type Ed, do you have more pics?
  25. Tom Tarrant

    Birds from New Guinea (West Papua)

    Ed, I can honestly say that I've never seen the bird in your first post but it looks very like a female Cicadabird (without the bars) Some kind of cuckooshrike? Tom
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