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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Shrikes

Shrikes and Bush shrikes today.

Our favourite is

Rosy Patch Shrike - Awash, Ethiopia
White-crested Helmet Shrike - QE NP, Uganda
Grey-headed Bush Shrike - Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Southern Grey Shrike - Tenerife, Canary Islands
Magpie Shrike - Serengetti, Tanzania
 

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MJB

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Shrikes and Bush shrikes today.


Southern Grey Shrike - Tenerife, Canary Islands

Probably best referred to nowadays as Desert Grey Shrike L. elegans (Dutch Birding CDNA/CSNA List), given that Southern Grey Shrike is now confined to Iberia and southern France, its closest relatives being North American taxa...
MJB
PS Quite how well Canary Islands koenigi fits into the elegans complex needs further work via DNA techniques other than mtDNA...
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Thanks

Probably best referred to nowadays as Desert Grey Shrike L. elegans (Dutch Birding CDNA/CSNA List), given that Southern Grey Shrike is now confined to Iberia and southern France, its closest relatives being North American taxa...
MJB
PS Quite how well Canary Islands koenigi fits into the elegans complex needs further work via DNA techniques other than mtDNA...

I do remember reading about this a while back. I'll need to keep an eye on it as it evolves.
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Manakins

This is Central and South American family and not Mannikins related to finches.

My two favourites were Lance-tailed and Aripe but I only have one OK photos of the first.

Red-headed Manakin - Northern Costa Rica near Nicuragua
White-collared Manakin - Arenal, Costa Rica
Orange-collared Manakin - Carara, Costa Rica
White-bearded Manakin - Asa Wrights, Trinidad
Lance-tailed - near Riohaca, Colombia
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Puffbirds

Puffbirds and Nunbirds often remain perched for long periods so pretty easy to see but the angle for a photo is often difficult.

Our favourites hear are

Black Nunbird - Iwokrama, Guyana
Russet-throated Puffbird - near Santa Marta, Colombia
Lanceolated Monklet - Tatama, Colombia
White-whiskered Puffbird - Carara, Costa Rica
Guianan Puffbird - Surama, Guyana
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Lapwings and Plovers

Lapwings, Dotterel and Plovers are amongst our favourite waders.

Spot-breasted Lapwing - Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
Eurasian Dotterel - Pendel Hil, England
Three-banded Plover - Meru, Tanzania
Red-capped Plover - Alice Spings sewage works, Australia
Kentish Plover - Fleetwood, England
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Nightjars

I would have loved to use flight shots of these largely nocturnal birds but they are all pretty rubbish so we have chosen

Diobolical (Satanic) Nightjar - Lore Lindu, Sulawesi
Moluccan Owlet Nightjar - Weda Resort, Halmahera
Savannah Nightjar - Bali
Ladder-tailed Nightjar- Iwokorama Guyana
Fiery-throated Nightjar - Kariega, South Africa
 

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Britseye

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Hi David. Not here to criticise this time, just thought it was time to compliment you again on keeping up with this wonderful effort. I do sometimes like the brain melt of being reminded just how many incredible bird families there are in the World. Luckily, for me, in most cases I've see at least one of the groups you portray, although with the Manakins I think I've got at least three? Since I probably won't be going back to the Neotropics in this lifetime, might be time I reminded myself of the bizarre displays of that family by digging out my Attenborough Life of Birds, or searching YouTube.

One thing only, and I wouldn't even call this a correction... I dipped the Satanic/Diabolical Nightjar on Lore Lindu , Sulawesi a few years ago, much to my dismay, because of the incredible name. I understand recent texts have gone on to give it a less colourful name altogether (begins with H, I think?). I ought to be pleased since it would lessen the sting of the dip, but I'm not: I'd be like you and still call it by one of its 'old' names.
 

MJB

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I would have loved to use flight shots of these largely nocturnal birds but they are all pretty rubbish so we have chosen

Diobolical (Satanic) Nightjar - Lore Lindu, Sulawesi
Moluccan Owlet Nightjar - Weda Resort, Halmahera
Savannah Nightjar - Bali
Ladder-tailed Nightjar- Iwokorama Guyana
Fiery-throated Nightjar - Kariega, South Africa

5 species named, but only 4 images...:eek!::eek!::eek!:
MJB
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Other name is Heinrich's

Hi David. Not here to criticise this time, just thought it was time to compliment you again on keeping up with this wonderful effort. I do sometimes like the brain melt of being reminded just how many incredible bird families there are in the World. Luckily, for me, in most cases I've see at least one of the groups you portray, although with the Manakins I think I've got at least three? Since I probably won't be going back to the Neotropics in this lifetime, might be time I reminded myself of the bizarre displays of that family by digging out my Attenborough Life of Birds, or searching YouTube.

One thing only, and I wouldn't even call this a correction... I dipped the Satanic/Diabolical Nightjar on Lore Lindu , Sulawesi a few years ago, much to my dismay, because of the incredible name. I understand recent texts have gone on to give it a less colourful name altogether (begins with H, I think?). I ought to be pleased since it would lessen the sting of the dip, but I'm not: I'd be like you and still call it by one of its 'old' names.

Other name is Heinrich's Nightjar, but birds of Indonesian Archipelago has it as Satanic. However as latin name is Eurostopodus Diabolicus - I will probably always refer to it as Diabolical
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Sorry

5 species named, but only 4 images...:eek!::eek!::eek!:
MJB

It didn't load due to size and when I tried to convert/resize it I didn't rename or save original so it is IMGnnnn.jpg and I can't find it in usual directories and I have thousands of IMGn files. Duh!
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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New World Warblers

So many to choose from

We have gone for

America Redstart - pretty common but a lovely little bird with nice song, this one was seen in Houston area, US
Black-throated Blue Warbler, seen Ocho Rios, Jamaica
White-lored Warbler - Santa Marta, Colombia
Slate-throated Whitestart (Redstart) - Mindo, Ecuador
Santa Marta Warbler - Santa Marta, Colombia
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Warblers

Old world warbler - again loads to choose from.

WE have gone for

Tristram's Warbler - Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Spectacled Warbler - Boavista, Cape Verde
Radde's Warbler - Beidahe, China
Pallas's Warbler - Bejing, China
Willow Warbler - Lytham St Annes, UK
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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All Flycatchers

I know that this is not a single family but Sarah just loves Silky Flycatcher and Warbling Flycatchers

Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher - Savegre, Costa Rica
Palawan Blue Flycatcher - Palawan, Philippines
Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher - Kareanta, Sulawesi
Turquoise Warbling Flycatcher - Lore Lindu, Sulawesi
Vermillion Flycatcher - Yucatan, Mexico
 

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ammadoux

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Old world warbler - again loads to choose from.

WE have gone for

Tristram's Warbler - Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Spectacled Warbler - Boavista, Cape Verde
Radde's Warbler - Beidahe, China
Pallas's Warbler - Bejing, China
Willow Warbler - Lytham St Annes, UK

i adore warblers, specially the Sylvia.
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Unique birds

Well with relaxation on our lockdown now underway: (we can now get out and about in England, unlimited exercise and leisure activity), I expect to be out birding most days.
Today it was lovely to see Avocets with chicks, Arctic and Common Terns and good number of woodland birds all within 20 miles of home.

So I've decided to end the thread with some unique or almost unique birds that don't fit in to a large family

We have gone for

Kagu - Blue River NP, New Caledonia
Cassowary - Cassowary Lodge, near Cairns, Australia
Maleo - Tabun, Sulawesi
Yellow-headed Picathartes (Rockfowl) - Kakum, Ghana
Bornean Bristlehead - Danum, Borneo
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Correction

Sarah just reminded me we saw Dwarf Cassowary on Fly River PNG, so Southern Cassowary wasn't really unique for us.

So have included Bornean (Black-breasted) Fruithunter, which I still consider unique even though DNA says it could be linked to Thrushes
 

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Britseye

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David, if you're announcing your departure from this thread, thanks for finishing on a bird that meant a lot to me on my last visit to Kinabalu in 2013, but I'm really disappointed I didn't get to see any pictures of Blyth's Reed Warbler!;)

Only joking, of course, thanks and happy birding for the rest of the year. :t:
 

Pinewood

New York correspondent
United States
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Hello,

My favorite local bird, of late, is the Northern Flicker.


Illustration by Louis Agassiz-Fuertes from Woodpeckers by Fannie Hardy Eckstrom, circa 1903.


Stay safe,
Arthur
 

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dandsblair

David and Sarah
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Thanks

David, if you're announcing your departure from this thread, thanks for finishing on a bird that meant a lot to me on my last visit to Kinabalu in 2013, but I'm really disappointed I didn't get to see any pictures of Blyth's Reed Warbler!;)

Only joking, of course, thanks and happy birding for the rest of the year. :t:

Thanks. Yes for the time being I will be spending spare time when not I'm doing education or volunteering out and about in the countryside.

Best I can manage is Black-browed Reed Warbler to finish with!
 

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