Birds in Ruins

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Our 9-day trip to Turkey in September was short, and it was not about birding. The historic center of Istanbu l offered urban and coastal birds. Several days later, I saw woodland birds in a forested valley. And that meant a whole new set of birds.

Birding Singapore

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The only bird-related activity I can think of is looking at bird photos I took in Singapore in 2015, and adding some irrelevant comments to them. Presumably, birds living in Singapore do not understand German. And I spent my time in Singapore birding, not shopping.

Birding Wuyuan, China

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In retrospect, this weekend at Wuyuan was not exactly my finest hour as a bird photographer – hopefully, I could do better now, and perhaps one day I will, should normal traveling ever be possible again in China. I’d rather see yellow birds than yellow plants. Birding

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A Few Jordanian Birds

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As it turns out, birding can also be slightly delicate in this country. I have constantly mentioned over the past several weeks that our trip to the Old World was not about birding, and that was even more true about our time in Jordan. So, would I go back to Jordan just to bird?

Animal Rights: A Small Bird

Bird Therapy

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Among other things… I go birding. Yes, birding can be a wonderful tool for maintaining mental health. Why is birding such an effective mental health tool? Green is good in birds, too… like this Berylline Hummingbird. Birding works great for me!

Birding Cazalla Soaring Bird Observatory

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After weeks of preparation (and not writing many 10,000 Bird posts), my wife and I are finally in Spain. And in between, you can stop at the Cazalla Soaring Bird Observatory ( Cazalla Observatorio de Aves Planeadoras ). And so did the soaring birds. Birding

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Birding Yancheng, Jiangsu

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While these birds are very much liked by Chinese birders, the species could unfortunately not be named the National Bird of China as the Latin species name of the bird is Grus Japonicus. it would not be the national bird of the USA either.

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Birding Shanghai in October 2022

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Well, they mainly feed on birds, which may explain their low popularity. For the White-throated Rock Thrush , Wikipedia gives the slightly puzzling statement “The bird’s population is unknown, but is not increasing or declining.” Birding

Plant Shop or Birding Hotspot?

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Personally I’ve seen over a hundred species over several birding trips there, the overall species list for the location is approximately 160 – a tally that will only increase. It was admittedly difficult to concentrate on any single bird with trogons calling non-stop.

Birding: Special Lockdown Edition

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Admittedly, the area to watch birds is fairly limited – the whole compound measures maybe 200 by 100 meters, and a fair share of it is occupied by apartment blocks and parking spaces. He marveled at the exquisite beauty of the bird. Birding

Birding Dulan County, Qinghai

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Being a mammal myself, I am understandably much less fond of this animal class than I am of birds. But I have to admit that seeing some of the wolves, foxes, asses, and sheep of Dulan county is nice, at least as long as they do not stand in front of some exciting birds.

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Bloody Bay Birding

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Specifically birds. The most interesting bird we saw that morning was one that my wife pointed out as a Tricolored Heron but I felt it was a Little Blue Heron. The vireo likely had a nest and was acutely aware of the motmot’s taste for baby bird.

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The Gas Station Bird

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The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly. The bird below is also waiting, but not to fly. One might assume this is a falconry bird, but it’s not. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of birds knows the efficiency and delicacy of their respiratory systems.

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. Birding Birds two

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Changing Bird Names (Again)

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On April 16, 2021, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Ornithological Society (AOS), had a “ Community Congress on English Bird Names ” to discuss whether certain bird names should be changed and, if so, how quickly. Some apply to common birds and others do not.

Birding the Trinity Hills

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It may seem like an unnecessarily recurring theme in my posts about birding within Trinidad & Tobago, but the more I write on the subject the more it becomes apparent that the number three must have some significance, somewhere. Its inaccessibility has led to it not being birded often.

Birding with a Botanist

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I am guessing that no birder practices this passion exclusively for the birds. I couldn’t even begin to do justice to this massive tree with my long birding lens. Of course, even when you bird with a botanist, some of the excitement must actually be bird-related.

Wet Birds

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Recently, many people have been telling me that they are very tired of photos of dry birds. So, here’s a collection of wet birds. Even though this bird is definitely wet, it still feels a bit like cheating to include it in this post. Birding Wet

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Borrow pit birding near Broome

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It is often a lot hotter there than closer to the coast and many bird species roost in the area or come in for a drink and bathe during the day. Borrow pit birds. Birding Australian birds Western Australia

Birding around Xining, Qinghai

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Early August is a bit of a dead time for birding in Shanghai unless you like your birds as little white spots at the far end of a telescope. So, I asked around and was told that Qinghai is the place to go to for birds in China in August. Birding China Qinghai Xining

Birding Inner Mongolia

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So, to claim that I birded Inner Mongolia is a massive exaggeration. Let’s move to the birds). “Don’t call me Hedwig” Birding(Note: this post refers to a trip I took a long time ago, in 2015.

Patience in Birding

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The slate of birds available to the ardent birder in a particular place is a constant cycle of regulars, not-so-regulars, visitors, rarities, and vagrants. I chased birds for a few years when I first got started, but my laziness eventually took over. Birding

Our Favorite Bird Books (and one pair of Binoculars) of 2022

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This, 2022, has been a curious year for books about birds and birding. Dragan]: Europe’s Birds: An Identification Guide , by Hume, Still, Swash, and Harrop is a photographic guide. Dragan]: The best birding in Asia is not even on the Asian mainland!

Birds and Trash

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In some places, birds have to live with large amounts of trash in their environment. In order to deter real estate speculation, residential birds deliberately use ugly materials as part of their nests in order to prevent a local real estate boom. Birding Trash

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Costa Rica on a relaxed birding pace

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Not just to bird, but equally to rest, reset and restart. And also, to bird. Three years ago I asked American birders which foreign countries they dream of birding, and with more than one fifth of all answers, Costa Rica turned to hold a very strong first place.

The Thorn Birds

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The reason that La Mesa is my new favorite local birding destination is not just that it is so close to home; it is the great mix of habitats that it offers. But, the birds! Protection, for birds, can be a very different thing than it is for us.

Birding Wolongshan, Sichuan, China

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With travel restrictions still in place, going on a birding trip outside of China is still not a practical option. Fortunately, China itself has a large number of bird species and habitats. The first stop was Wolongshan, a place known more for its giant pandas than its birds.

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Birding Jianfengling, Hainan (A-H)

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Still, it has quite a good habitat and birds – so good, in fact, that the frugal blog post writer (me) decided to write two separate posts about this park. This is part one, covering birds named from A to H. Birding

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Learning the Birds: A Book Review

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I’m not quite sure where I was at the time, probably working, and it was six more years till I got my state Henslow’s Sparrow at Shawangunk NWR (a shorter drive and a more cooperative bird). The essays are titularly about how Rogers learned to bird at a midpoint in her life.

December birding in Belgrade

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In Belgrade, Serbia, winter months offer surprisingly good birding possibilities. Also, to warm yourself after birding, there are two restaurants at the top. And so, there the birds are, in the middle of the city.

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Birding Nonggang, Guangxi, China

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Perhaps the star bird here is the Nonggang Babbler , which was first observed by professional ornithologists only in 2005. The birds are not closely related. Another highlight of the Nonggang bird population is the Indochinese Green Magpi e. Birding“Mother died today.

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Bird Uganda with Bird Uganda Safaris

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic. Destinations Africa Birding Tourism Uganda

Colorful birds (premium version)

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Birds can be wonderfully colorful. A Blue-throated Barbet – the blue looks even better due to the contrast with the red on the top of the bird’s head. The post Colorful birds (premium version) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding color

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Birding Longcanggou, Sichuan

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It is a well-known birding hotspot, though access to some of its parts may be tricky without a local guide. Like many of the largest species within bird families, the Great Parrotbill looks somewhat plain, at least in the weather I encountered it.

Birding St Lucia, South Africa

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Not as interesting as birds, but easier to get photos of – see a few at the end of this post, just put there in an uncaring way as I really went to St. Lucia for the birds. I sometimes wonder why green birds are relatively rare. Different bird families, I know.

Birding around Chaka, Qinghai, China

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Fortunately, I share this preference with birds, which we found away from the lake, mostly in some semi-desert areas. “ Not the bird’s fault, I guess. Apparently, this is another bird species that feels not so certain about flying (many humans have similar feelings).

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Birding Mengbishan, Sichuan, China

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On the other hand, a tunnel is built under the Mengbishan pass, which may mean that eventually a nice high-altitude stretch of the road may be bypassed by through traffic, giving some more peace to the birds (and birders). Still, birds such as the spectacular Blood Pheasant make it worthwhile.

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Birding Danba, Western Sichuan

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The continuous fog when birding the next morning did not help either. The severe drawback of course being that the birds were covered in heavy fog too. Maybe this bird has some secret vices that nobody has ever heard about? Nor was I, after a day of chasing birds in the fog.

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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 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. ” The Red-billed Quelea is regarded as the most numerous undomesticated bird on earth.

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A Reliable Birding Proverb

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“Sit under a fruiting tree and birding shall be fruitful.” ” After spending the last couple months chasing migratory shorebirds, I was aching for some forest birding. The first cooperative birds of the morning were Streaked Flycatchers.

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A Bird Presentation in Shanghai

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Pretty pointless, I agree – but if only one of the kids looking at the photos wins a Nobel Prize for Bird Conservation 50 years later, it was all worth it (though in the words of Dave Barry, I plan to be dead by then). Some Birds of Shanghai. Birds Conservation