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RJSeargent

Birding at the taxpayer's expense. Head down, bin
This frankly has to be the single most mental totally utterly extreme absurd effort to get a one up over other birders.

I mean surely joining the Army to get a sandbox bird holiday is ..... Ahh who am I kidding? I just spent half hour reading and looking at pics and I'm well jealous lol. Ignore my bitterness ..

It does have its advantages - trips to the Canadian Prairie, the Arctic, jungle and the Kenyan Savannah!
 

RJSeargent

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A Lesser Sand Plover and a single Green Sandpiper are the only two species worthy of note. Two unidentified Syliva Warblers behind the loos; a place not to get caught with binoculars!
 

Ratal

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Bwahahaha caught by the bogs with bins....now that'd take some silver tounged shenanigans to explain away.

As for the world wide birding....well and truely rub salt in the wounds why not.
 

Jeff Hopkins

Just another...observer
United States
Bwahahaha caught by the bogs with bins....now that'd take some silver tounged shenanigans to explain away.

Although if your mates are anything like mine, they'd write you off as a crazy birdwatcher and wouldn't give it a second thought.
 

Ratal

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I'm watching the birds RSM, Gods honest.....'

Stoney hatchet faced zero verbals response followed by a swift chipshop river dance behavioral adjustment.
 

RJSeargent

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Four Lesser Sandgrouse buffeted south in strong winds this morning. It would appear the 100 day winds have started early.
 

RJSeargent

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Four Lesser Sandgrouse buffeted south in strong winds this morning. It would appear the 100 day winds have started early.

for Lesser Sandgrouse please read Lesser Sand Plover. I had just got up when I typed this. A Clamerous Reed Warbler an hour or so later. Grounded and exhausetd in high winds. I am currently living in a fan assisted oven!
 

RJSeargent

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Four Crowned Sandgrouse feeding by a stream this morning and as I drove off I flushed a pair of Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. Beautiful birds.
 

Ratal

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Four Crowned Sandgrouse feeding by a stream this morning and as I drove off I flushed a pair of Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. Beautiful birds.

The Pintail is so bloody well camouflaged you can near enough stand on them before you know they are there. Impressive list you're getting but damned if it's a local twitch I'd want to undertake lol. Stay Frosty, stay well and keep up the pics and field reports.
 

MJB

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Four Crowned Sandgrouse feeding by a stream this morning and as I drove off I flushed a pair of Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. Beautiful birds.

Rich,
What a superb pair to see!

Any sign of Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus? As you know, it's believed to occur in SW Afghanistan (Pam Rasmussen in Birds of South Asia).
MJB
PS Our daily rain in Norfolk may give way to summer next week!
 

RJSeargent

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A much better morning yesterday with a mixed flock (200+) of Crowned and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse drinking from a smelly grey water outlet. The flock was mainly Crowned but good to see better numbers of Pin-tailed. In the afternoon the first returning Dunlin (6) and Little Stint (1) along with a lone Green Sandpiper. Laughing Doves appear to be moving through in a south westerly direction.
 

RJSeargent

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Manuel Schweitzer, Raffael Ayé & Tobias Roth. Birds of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press. June 2012. Details. 336 pages, 141 color plates. Delayed until 28 Aug 12.

At last a bird guide for the region. During my three trips here I have carried:

The Collins Field Guide
Birds of Pakistan
Birds of the Middle East.

Shame I'll never visit again!
 

MJB

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Manuel Schweitzer, Raffael Ayé & Tobias Roth. Birds of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan. Christopher Helm & Princeton University Press. June 2012. Details. 336 pages, 141 color plates. Delayed until 28 Aug 12.

At last a bird guide for the region. During my three trips here I have carried:

The Collins Field Guide
Birds of Pakistan
Birds of the Middle East.

Shame I'll never visit again!

Rich,
I would take a rain-check on that August date (8 days after the British Bird Fair) which would have been a worthwhile target to maximise sales!
 

RJSeargent

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A more productive day yesterday with overflying Crowned Sandgrouse, several Little Stints, four Green Sandpipers, two LRPs and at least three Lesser Sand Plovers. Reed Warblers appear to be retuirning and I flushed a Clamorous Reed Warbler in a drainage ditch this morning. R&R today with Cley Marshes in the offing next week! Bring on the rain.
 

RJSeargent

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A more productive day yesterday with overflying Crowned Sandgrouse, several Little Stints, four Green Sandpipers, two LRPs and at least three Lesser Sand Plovers. Reed Warblers appear to be retuirning and I flushed a Clamorous Reed Warbler in a drainage ditch this morning. R&R today with Cley Marshes in the offing next week! Bring on the rain.

and then several Dunlin and a lone unidentified overflying Pipit arrive.
 

RJSeargent

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This could be my last post here. A drive to the far end of the inside of the wire to a newly dug sludge lagoon was very productive with White-tailed Lapwing (27), Black-winged Stilt (2), Wood Sandpiper (2), Little-ringed Plover (3) and a lone White-winged Black Tern. Also present Crested Lark and a male Crowned Sandgrouse. Surprisingly I am going to miss this place.
 

RJSeargent

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A significant moment; this is my last post from AFG. A final trip to the sludge lagoon, I 'borrowed' a vehicle and managed half an hour - I'm glad I did. There has been a significant wader passage although yesterday's White-tailed Lapwing was reduced to a single bird. Also present; White-winged Black Tern (1), Green Sandpiper (1), Wood Sandpiper (3), Common Sandpiper (1), Little Stint (4), Ringed Plover (1) and Black-winged Stilt (3). Single drab Citrine and White Wagtails fed in the margins. Nearby a small Warbler passage but with only Clamerous Reed Warbler and Booted Warbler confirmed. Three Rollers appeared and were a useful monthly tick and overflying Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (2) and a small number of Crowned Sandgrouse ended the desert experience. It has been a pleasure.
 
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