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We Want to Help the Birding Tourism Industry

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With a worldwide pandemic still raging the tourism industry has taken a massive hit.

Birding without a phone

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If you are old enough, you will remember birding without a phone? Not too long ago, it was the norm. Then I started to carry a phone just in case my car stopped or something. Later I carried it because of a stash of bird songs I compiled in it.

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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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This is the second post in the Birding crème de la crème series (the first, focused on southern Asia, is here ). This time we travel to Africa, or to narrow it further, to the Afrotropical region (since the north of the continent avifaunally belongs to the Palearctic).

A Slacker’s Guide to Bird Photography (Part Two)

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Last week I humbly offered up a totally unprofessional, possibly misinformed guide to taking bird photos that aren’t completely embarrassing, and that might even make you proud on occasion. Those suggestions were for birders like me, who are not all about taking that one perfect photo.

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Birding Laifengshan, Tengchong, Yunnan, China

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Good news for those frightened by the title of my last blog post – we are now back in the safe and boring world of highly descriptive headers. You are welcome.

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7 Resolutions for Birding Costa Rica in 2021

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2020, one of the more memorable and infamous tear years of our lives, is finally done. It doesn’t mean that various issues and problems have disappeared, but at least a new calendar year is a fine excuse for renewal.

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Birding Serbia in the 2020

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As the year is closing, I am looking back to realise, despite it being such an awful year, it’s far from the worst I had, it doesn’t even come close (it’s the mileage that’s killing me, I guess).

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Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best

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Thanks to steadfast advances in optics and digital cameras, bird photography has become quite the popular way to appreciate birds. Unlike the old days of slide film and carefully managed shots, today, with the right equipment, just about anyone can take some pretty fine pictures of the avian kind.

Trogons, Trinidad and Tobago

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It’s been a crazy few days here in the tropical paradise of T&T to be honest.

Farewell to 2020 – Marin Brewing Company: Albion Amber Ale

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As uncertain as the future may be, I’m sure we’re all ready to bid farewell to the year 2020.

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Forest Bathing

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I’m writing this post primarily because I am currently dreaming of the subject. Having been penned in our house for the last month (and more), the last time we have been out birding seems like a distant memory.

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What Was Your First Bird of 2021?

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It’s 2021! What was your first bird of the year? Hopefully it will start off a year with vaccines for all and a beginning of a return to normalcy. This year, 2021, has to be better than the dumpster fire that was 2020, right? Happy New Year to you from the 10,000 Birds crew!

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When Birds Are Near: Dispatches From Contemporary Writers

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There are owls in New York City. Big owls: Barred Owls on Riverside Drive and down the path from Harlem Meer, a Great Horned Owl in Central Park’s Ramble.

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CBC Shenanigans

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As I gather the relevant documentation for our upcoming CBC this Sunday I caught myself daydreaming of CBCs past. The very first CBC I attended was eight whole years ago – but I remember it quite vividly.

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Birding Carska Bara Reserve in December Fog

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I don’t know what those so-called meteorologists are doing: they all claim a moderately cold morning, but do not say a word about the fog! Yet, tree branches are covered in hoar frost and the fog is so thick one could cut it with a machete!

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A Japanese in China

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The Avibase China birdlist counts 7 species of minivets for China – one of which is the Ashy Minivet.

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“The Pines of Florence”: Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico (2018)

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One of the nice things about winter finch irruptions is that they usually take place across two calendar years, allowing ardent listers to tick the very same species in January for their new year lists as they saw in the final weeks of the previous year.

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Birding Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China

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Menglun in Xishuangbanna is less than 50 km away from the Chinese border to Laos and Myanmar, and it has a big botanical garden.

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One Blustery Morning on a Desert Island

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As birders, we’re all well aware of our brain whipping our body awake at some ungodly hour, no matter how tightly wrapped in the sheets we may be. Last year, I was on transit via Curaçao – twice on a single round trip.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2021)

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While the fourth weekend of January finds us all mired in the depths of whatever season grips our part of the world, the light is ever so slowly changing. Another couple of months of a little more or less light at dusk every day will soon trigger that global migration of birds we all eagerly await.

Of Tree I Sing

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As anyone who knows quality photography can tell, I am not the sort of birder who tends to stay in one place for long. There are no photographic hides or tripods for me.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2021)

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So many different factors contribute to the quality and quantity of a birding adventure that one would be hard-pressed to predict the very best time to watch birds in a particular area beyond a vague three or four week window.

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The Birds are All Right

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It was the month of March, 2017, when I went to Lake Cuitzeo to check up on our migratory waterfowl and shorebirds one last time before they travelled north to breed. But that time, I was shocked to find that about half the birds I had expected were missing — along with half the lake.

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Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

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2021 is already well underway, are you birding? I hope so because watching a flock of redpolls bound through wintery airs that echo with the calls of crows is nature connection magic. Tracking the soaring of a Bateleur in hot African skies is a lifetime gift.

Mexico Beat BBOTY

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It was the best of years, it was the worst of years… Oh, who am I kidding? 2020 was the worst of years, through and through. And there were moments during the year when I thought birding was a lost cause.

A Slacker’s Guide to Bird Photography (Part One)

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It always surprises me when people compliment my photographs. As I have often commented on this site, I started taking photos of birds only to improve the accuracy of my IDs. And while I put more effort into taking decent photos than I used to, I still don’t do the hard stuff.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2020)

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2020 is almost over… finally. Rather than belabor the obvious, I’ll just point out that the global pandemic may have spawned a new wave of birders, but collectively we’ve seen far fewer species of birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2021)

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During the second weekend of the year, even common birds still carry their luster. Enjoy that feeling while you can, because we are still months away from migration! While I sought rarities on the western edge of Rochester this weekend, I came up with entirely common species.

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The Numbers Game

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Should you ever come to bird in central Mexico, and you are only interested in our wonderful endemics, feel free to come in the summer. It’s green, and there are refreshing rains almost every afternoon.

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Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up.

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The overwhelming sentiment in Christmas cards this year is that 2021 cannot come fast enough. Lock downs and restrictions have curbed our birding, so if you can summon any blessings to mind, count them instead.

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Accept this

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of this global pandemic.