Birding without a phone

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If you are old enough, you will remember birding without a phone? Later I carried it because of a stash of bird songs I compiled in it. And now I carry it for the same reason, only now they are a part of the bird ID app. Birding

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Birding Laifengshan, Tengchong, Yunnan, China

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It is a well-known birding spot, and a low-budget alternative to Baihualing. While Baihualing is much better for birds, foreigners are currently prohibited from going there, presumably as we all carry Covid-19, even if like me we have been in China the whole year.

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Birding Serbia in the 2020

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I was mostly birding once per week (and sometimes fewer). I wish you all a happy, healthy and bird-rich new 2021. The post Birding Serbia in the 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding 2020 Serbia

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Birding Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China

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That means it also has many tropical birds that a foreigner living in China can see without risking to leave the country (which would mean 2 weeks of quarantine on reentry at best and complete exclusion at worst, depending on the ever-changing regulations). Birds, maybe?

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Animal Rights: A Small Bird

What Was Your First Bird of 2021?

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What was your first bird of the year? Happy New Year to you from the 10,000 Birds crew! The post What Was Your First Bird of 2021? appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding 2021 first bird of the yearIt’s 2021!

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Bird like I bird

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Yeah, I’ve birded in the developed world. I know that you have ever-so-organized birding clubs, with their beginning birdwatching classes, monthly field trips, and (just imagine!) You get rare bird alerts almost every week, and your bird distribution maps actually reflect bird distributions. In contrast, if I want to visit a developed birding site, I have to drive almost 3 hours. (It’s Must we limit ourselves to backyard birding?

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Birding Beljarica in August

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Last month, I birded my favourite local patch, Beljarica – the best eBird hotspot in Belgrade city and the 3rd best in Serbia – four times. One consequence of being near the city is the widespread feeding of birds with what is junk-food for them – bread.

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Two Birds

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Here`s another entry in the category “Rejected topics for bird-related coffee table books”, following my recent “Blue Birds” post. With remarkable accuracy, each of the photos below shows exactly two birds. Almost abstract bird patterns. I wonder if they think of themselves as European or as African birds. I always think of these guys as the cartoon birds. The post Two Birds appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Birds two

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Summer birding in Shanghai

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Summer in Shanghai is not the best season for birding – most birds seem to agree with me that it is too hot. And yet, there are still birds to see … The Black-crowned Night Heron is one of my favorite common birds in Shanghai. More Shanghai birds here.

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Birding Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

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This is a bit of a dilemma for local authorities – on the one hand, they would presumably like to protect the birds, on the other hand, they also want to draw as many tourists to the place as possible. Black-tailed Godwit: Somehow, this bird always looks a bit out of focus on my shots.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in September

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In fact, at the moment I am kind of hoping for it to leave Nanhui, as it attracts lots of old bird photographers with limited interest in birds (a nice colorful photo is enough, thank you) and fairly bad manners. The bird drank from it, then decided a bath would not hurt either.

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Birding Mkuze

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Mkuze Game Reserve is in the Eastern part of South Africa, about 5 hours away from Johannesburg, and one of the best places I have ever been to for bird photography. In particular, there is one hide that is built over a watering hole, allowing great views of both birds and mammals (though for a dedicated bird watcher like me, those are more of an obstacle than a bonus). ” The Red-billed Quelea is regarded as the most numerous undomesticated bird on earth.

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My Birding Buddies

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It was apparently all the way back in 2012, when I was first getting back into birding after a 30 year hiatus, that I took a sad little picture, with my sad little camera, of a cute little bird that seemed to not show up anywhere at all in my field guide. Birding

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We Want to Help the Birding Tourism Industry

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And while we here at 10,000 Birds aren’t terribly concerned about the cruise ship industry or the airlines we are greatly concerned about the impact that the lack of bird tourists has had on the many birding guides, eco-lodges, and birding tour companies.

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. Our focus is on seeing as many birds as possible on a given outing. What bird is this?).

The Birds are All Right

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But that time, I was shocked to find that about half the birds I had expected were missing — along with half the lake. Down among the reeds, smaller birds could be just as exciting. The post The Birds are All Right appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2021)

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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. What I have is a typical Upstate New York winter, so this weekend was about adding more typical Upstate New York winter birds.

7 Resolutions for Birding Costa Rica in 2021

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In the birding realm, it means a new year list, beginning the year with winter birds, and planning trips for the next 12 months. Tennessee Warbler is one of my winter birds. See More Birds. The more birds the better and there’s a lot to see in Costa Rica!

Birding Carska Bara Reserve in December Fog

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Of course, I was going – birding, so the view of the fog (certainly not through the fog) has drawn several comments which I will not share here with you… While the Lada 4×4 is bumping along the dirt track (road??) Large birds flying through silver fog… buzzards?

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Birding Acapulco

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But here is the truly tragic part: I was not birding during those years! My hosts had arranged for me to stay in a beautiful private home, high on a ridge overlooking the city, and the forested area surrounding the home attracted some very noisy (and, for me, exciting) birds. These turkey-sized birds, named for their raucous calls, can muster an impressive level of volume. The White-throated Magpie-Jay: such a beautiful bird!

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Not just for the birds

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If you read my last post, you will know that my last three weekly outings were not overly productive, as far as birds are concerned. But any birder can tell you that a bad day birding is better than a good day almost anywhere else. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán Mushrooms

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Birding Mumbai

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These days, when I have to travel somewhere for business, I try to add a day for birding. This seems to be the best place in Mumbai to see birds. The first bird of the morning was a White-throated Fantail. I always find it quite fascinating to see new species of bird families I am already familiar with (Note to self: This could be a good topic for future posts). The post Birding Mumbai appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding India Mumbai

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

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As I have often commented on this site, I started taking photos of birds only to improve the accuracy of my IDs. I tried to use the longer lens for birding; I really did. But I always keep my camera in the “M” (manual) mode while birding. Your birds will pop!

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. The loon is his Best Bird of the Weekend.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2020)

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Any time of year that features skies filled with birds pretty much all day demands attention pretty much all day. Corey had a great weekend of birding, from morning flight on Saturday to an exploration of some nice coastal habitat on Sunday. What was your best bird of the weekend?

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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. Corey got out both mornings on the weekend looking for new birds for his Queens year list. They even vocalized to make their identification easy and as such, are his Best Bird of the Weekend.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in October

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I was thinking of something along the lines of “Sex and drugs and birds” first – probably a good way to increase readership … But it really is just the usual bunch of photos and irrelevant comments. So, about birds. Also, a good lesson in bird characters – while some male rubythroats do not hesitate to pose quite openly, others are much shier. I hope to see the bird again next year. Birding China Nanhui Shanghai

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The Bird Way: A Book Review

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One good thing about birding during a pandemic–the forced restrictions on place and time translate into more time to observe what birds do. Bird behavior–endlessly fascinating, but so much still hidden and unknown. Reviews Bird Behavior book review

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2020)

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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. As I’m not traveling these days, I’ve been spending lots of time with my local birds.

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Emerging birding destinations: Serbia

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The coronavirus has locked us all in, literally, doing something that was totally unthinkable only a few months ago: it has prevented us from birding abroad! I am talking of the very heart of the Balkans and the final birding frontier of Europe: Serbia. I wasn’t really planning to write a birding guide, but adding a bit by bit over the years… here is a choice of some of the essential birding areas of the country. Birding overview. Top-20 birds.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2020)

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To every bird, though, mid-September remains what it’s always been: a good time to feed, mass, and move ! Corey enjoyed his outing with me on Saturday and his coastal birding with his pal Mary on Sunday. What was your best bird of the weekend? Birding best bird weekend

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2020)

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Change is good, particularly because it always brings new birds. Of those, the best was a Bay-breasted Warbler , which is Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend. What was your best bird of the weekend? Birding best bird weekend

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My Northern Birds

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One of the ways I could describe the unique mix of birds I can see here in southwestern Mexico, would be to divide our species into five categories. These are birds that are more related with the far north, but that somehow have resident populations here in Michoacán, farther south than Puerto Vallarta or Cancun. A couple of our residents birds are not “Northern”, but “Eastern”, despite Michoacán being on the Pacific side of Mexico.

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World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Will bird tour agencies, guides, eco-lodges survive? Will the threatened species make it through if there are no birding tourists to make those birds and their habitats valuable to local people just the way they are (as opposed to tropical timber)?

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Home-bound Bird Photography Tips

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I’ve always birded from home for as long as I can remember. Now, every day I end up subconsciously birding from before my eyes open in the morning. Not being a fan of human structures in my images, I’ve never done much bird photography at home. Once I got past the mental barrier of photographing the same birds over and over, I began to notice the numerous benefits of bird photography at home. Birding Birds backyard birds Trinidad and Tobago

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Two James Spirits: Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum

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But one nation that bestows physicians with the respect they deserve is Jamaica, where the national bird is a hummingbird known as the “doctor bird” – the Red-billed Streamerbird ( Trochilus polytmus ). Good birding and happy drinking! Two James Spirits: Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2020)

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The end of September doesn’t necessarily mean the end of what you might enjoy about September birding but it definitely signals the beginning of what you love about October. Corey had a few really good birds this weekend. What was your best bird of the weekend?

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Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition

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For several years I lived and birded in the south of Africa , and still have my battered second edition (1997) of the Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, the most trusted local field guide. Perhaps birds of prey are somewhat overcrowded, but still well organised.

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 ). Tanzania Tanzania has 1050 bird species, of which about 500 to 600 may be observed in 3 to 4 weeks. The most fabulous bird spectacle in the world!

The Sibley Guide to Birds #ChewyInfluencer

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Spring is finally arriving in my part of the world, and with it, the return of many birds! birds wildlifeI received this item free of charge from Chewy in exchange for my honest review. Because we usually have a lot of.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2021?

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Not only do we symbolically leave the horrors of 2020 behind us, but we just as symbolically wipe clean our year list to refresh our appreciation of even our most common birds. So where are you this weekend, and where are/will you be birding? appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Our Best Birds of 2020

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In this post, we’ll share the most positive of the positives, at least for those who write for 10,000 Birds who decided to share. Of all the birds that make the list for a given year one of those birds must be the Best Bird of the Year.

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