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  1. asterisktom

    Good birding in Bukit Tampin, Malaysia. September 2023

    My wife and I just finished a week in Tampin near to Malacca. A decent town with good food and friendly people. And - unlike some towns in Southeast Asia - there is a decent nature trail walking distance from the town. In our four times up this trail, a paved road with very little vehicular...
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    George, South Africa: Birds, Nature, and City

    A blog article on our recent trip to George, South Africa The bird photos and text are in the last part of the article.
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    Reintroduction after several years

    Thanks
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    Reintroduction after several years

    My pleasure. Thanks.
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    Reintroduction after several years

    Thank you.
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    Reintroduction after several years

    Hi all. I used to post here fairly often when I was living in China (Jilin City and Dalian area, 2012-2017). I have rediscovered this site just a few days ago. Since I have retired we are fortunate to travel around several places. We are now in Malaysia. By way of reintroduction I would like to...
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    Retired birder (and animaler!) slowly traveling the world. Currently in Malaysia.

    Retired birder (and animaler!) slowly traveling the world. Currently in Malaysia.
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    Fairy Pitta in Mokpo

    We tried to go to Yeosu, were as close as Suncheon. But we just could not get credible nature information about the area around that city. We didn't want another profound birding dissapointment like this so-called nature park (the name escapes me now) with acres and acres of manicured lawns...
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    Fairy Pitta in Mokpo

    Thanks, halftwo. Information much appreciated!
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    Fairy Pitta in Mokpo

    Thanks for the feedback, Alan and H. I guess this was the birding highlight of my 2 weeks in South Korea. I would normally have posted these photos to Flickr but, unfortunately, in its most recent snit, has blocked Flickr.
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    Fairy Pitta in Mokpo

    Does anyone know how common, relatively speaking, Fairy Pittas are in South Korea? My wife and I, having taken a lesser used path on our way down Mt. Yudalsan in Mokpo, came across this beautiful bird. I am so glad that I took a second look. At first I thought I was just seeing a jay! A...
  12. asterisktom

    Jilin sightings

    I'm hurrying things up the best I can. BTW, the school is 大连财经学院 Dalian University of Finance and Economics. It looks to be more in a city area. But it would be good to just be in the Dalian area. To be back in China, for that matter.
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    Dalian (Jinshitan) Birding Reports

    Hi Tom. I hope you continue to have time to post reports and pictures. They are very interesting. I had been in Jilin up until February of this year, and had even started the Jilin sightings thread. Currently in Kansas, but now it looks like I just might be getting a new teaching opportunity in...
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    Jilin sightings

    My remaining time in Jilin proved so busy or diverting that I never got around to posting the rest of my birding activities in that province. I have plenty of notes and pictures still. Later I will post the best ones. We are now in Kansas, but it looks like I may be getting another teaching...
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    Jilin sightings

    Here is the video link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/asterisktom/7313742660/in/photostream Judging by the song and by what detail I can see it seems to be either a Yellow-browed (most likely) or a Pallas's Leaf-Warbler. At least I can't see any other option. Additional information: This bird...
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    Jilin sightings

    Thanks. I am batting 1000 (not!) on these Chinese bird IDs. But that is part of the fun. I can go back to the video and try to figure out the song and compare it with my online book. Luckily the bird is fairly sharply focused on the video. Tom in Jilin
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    Jilin sightings

    I am going through my pictures and videos of our trip through Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces. The following video and pic our from a bird I saw in Lafa Shan, near Jilin City. Is this the Siberian Accentor? If not, what could it be? Thanks in advance. Tom in Jilin I wasn't able to post the...
  18. asterisktom

    Jilin sightings

    OK. Too bad, but thanks. Anyway I have a few other birds to sort through when I get the time. I see now that the amount of black on the tail is the clincher, the Guldenstadt having very little. Being still fairly new to China I still need to get a sense of what the "usual suspects" are, the...
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    Jilin sightings

    Guldenstadt's Redstart - Phoenicurus erythrogaster My wife and I managed to squeeze in a short trip to Lafa Shan, Dunhua and Mudanjiang, then back through Harbin on our way here to Jilin again. For now I just want to share one interesting bird I saw and photographed on Lafa Shan. As far as I...
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    Jilin sightings

    Yesterday's sightings at Beishan Park were interesting. I really enjoyed getting out in nature. Such peace and quiet (with the occasional yell heard in the distance). Then the loudspeakers came on. I guess many parks are like this here in China, the serenity marred by the didactic droning of...
  21. asterisktom

    Jilin sightings

    Thanks, Tom. It may be that I accidently filmed the ETSs, thinking they were the swallows. But I do know that there were swallows/martins also, and they didn't look like Barn Swallows. Today I am off for Longtan Park. Tom in Jilin.
  22. asterisktom

    Jilin sightings

    Hmm. These butterflies sound even more complicated than the warblers when it comes to ID. Thanks for the info. Yesterday I went to Beishan Park here in Jilin and saw, along with some interesting birds, a small longwing-type of black-and-white butterfly, lighting on a cigarette butt (no pun...
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    Jilin sightings

    Last thre pictures I hope it is OK to send these last three pictures. The first is of the common but interesting wagtail. The other two are of butterflies. Tom in Jilin
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    Jilin sightings

    Here are additional photos from these two weeks' observations here in Jilin:
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    Jilin sightings

    Short bird (and etc.) report from Jilin, May 1st through the 13th All these were seen in Jilin City, unless they were seen in Changchun on May 4th. I managed to squeeze in some bird-watching in this busy time, hoping to get some migrants passing through. My wife and I even managed a day trip to...
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