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Old Friday 22nd May 2020, 16:11   #1
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Shearwater in Dhaka?!

I had the best surprise of my life yesterday when I found a Wedge-tailed Shearwater from our apartment building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is actually the first record for the country!!

Super cyclone Amphan has brought in an astounding number of pelagic species, terns, etc
Bangladesh has never really had any pelagic birding trips so many of these were new birds: besides my shearwater, Sooty and Bridled Terns and Wilson's Storm-petrel were all seen by one observer on the river in Rajshahi (western Bangladesh). A few other observers saw some, but not all of those.
Plus a skua (jaeger if you use American names) which some believe has the potential to be Long-tailed which would be another first. If you all want to see, I can post links to FB posts that anyone should be able to view even without an account.

West Bengal has also had an incredible amount of stuff including frigatebirds, Sooty, Bridled, Common, Greater Crested, Lesser Crested, Little, and River terns, Tropicbird (last I heard, probably white-tailed), a possible Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, I think a noddy, and a group of 4 Short-tailed Shearwaters. That's all I know about, but there could possibly be one or two more, or some that haven't been posted yet.

To read more about my surprise check out my latest blog post:https://wordpress.com/block-editor/p...dpress.com/322

You can also check out my eBird checklist if you want: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69416558
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Amazing stuff Seth! Glad to hear you got through the cyclone too - that looked pretty scary.
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That's outrageous! Bravo Seth.
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Amazing stuff Seth! Glad to hear you got through the cyclone too - that looked pretty scary.
Cyclone wasn't very strong at all in Dhaka, fair bit of rain, and gusts of up to maybe 30mph, but the coast was hit very hard and lots of damage done
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Congratulations on an outrageous national first record! Best lockdown bird worldwide by a mile!
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I had the best surprise of my life yesterday when I found a Wedge-tailed Shearwater from our apartment building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is actually the first record for the country!!

Super cyclone Amphan has brought in an astounding number of pelagic species, terns, etc
Bangladesh has never really had any pelagic birding trips so many of these were new birds: besides my shearwater, Sooty and Bridled Terns and Wilson's Storm-petrel were all seen by one observer on the river in Rajshahi (western Bangladesh). A few other observers saw some, but not all of those.
Plus a skua (jaeger if you use American names) which some believe has the potential to be Long-tailed which would be another first. If you all want to see, I can post links to FB posts that anyone should be able to view even without an account.

West Bengal has also had an incredible amount of stuff including frigatebirds, Sooty, Bridled, Common, Greater Crested, Lesser Crested, Little, and River terns, Tropicbird (last I heard, probably white-tailed), a possible Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, I think a noddy, and a group of 4 Short-tailed Shearwaters. That's all I know about, but there could possibly be one or two more, or some that haven't been posted yet.

To read more about my surprise check out my latest blog post:https://wordpress.com/block-editor/p...dpress.com/322

You can also check out my eBird checklist if you want: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69416558
Can you link to the pics in a way that I don't have to join Wordpress or twitter or just post here?
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Can you link to the pics in a way that I don't have to join Wordpress or twitter or just post here?
Andy if you access via the blog front page (as opposed to the highlighted link) it doesn't ask you to log in. I think the one Seth posted is to edit the page

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Thanks viator,
I'll start by saying that my experience of seawatching and hence seabirds is very limited but, can someone tell me how Sooty Shearwater is ruled out on shot like this?
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Thanks viator,
I'll start by saying that my experience of seawatching and hence seabirds is very limited but, can someone tell me how Sooty Shearwater is ruled out on shot like this?
See the comments on the Ebird list:
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Sorry about the wrong link for the blog post. Here's the right one: https://birdingbdandbeyond.wordpress...ater-in-dhaka/
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