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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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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Birding the humid subtropical Europe

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And the birds will be hiding in some shade. For the majority of species – unless they have a second brood or live higher up in the mountains – by the end of June the breeding season is over and very few birds still sing or bother to defend a territory.

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.

Animal Rights: A Small Bird

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of July 2021)

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The onset of summer birding doldrums in the temperate range of the Northern Hemisphere generally means highly restricted avian diversity… except in those places where it does not. Basically, summer birding resembles that of other seasons, just hotter and slower!

Wrapping Up Birding Tourism February

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We here at 10,000 Birds dedicated the month of February to highlighting a variety of birding tourism companies, destinations, and guides. After all, there are a lot more birding tourism operators who we haven’t posted about yet! Birding Experiences.

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.

Birds on Utility Poles – The Electrocution Solution

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This is what happens to countless birds each year when they land the wrong way on power distribution lines and poles. But occasionally people see it – especially when it’s a hard-to-miss bird like this Bald Eagle. He was one lucky bird, as he sustained no permanent damage.

Bird Uganda with Bird Uganda Safaris

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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters” but it could just as easily mean “land of many birds”. Before I delve into some of these avian treasures let me give you a few non-birding reasons to visit this gem of South America. appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2021)

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The best of summer birding in my experience takes place at the beach. I found myself fully immersed in marine species while boating, fishing, and birding coastal Virginia with family this weekend. What was your best bird of the weekend? Birding best bird weekend

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.

Tianmushan or Birding a Mulberry Tree

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It is not such a great place for bird photographers though – lots of vegetation, steep climbs that are not much fun with a big lens, etc. I can imagine bird parents getting quite impatient about this after a while, eventually kicking them out like pesky teenagers.

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

Colorful birds (free 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 (free version) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birds color

Shanghai birds in April

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In April, many birds come to Shanghai, stay for a day or two and decide to move on. Maybe the birds know something. On Tianmashan, a little bird pool (with attached restaurant) has had few visitors this month. The post Shanghai birds in April appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Very Special Birds

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When I got back into birding about six years ago, I would not have predicted the personal bonds a birder can form with certain species. While all birds bring us joy, and we certainly want to see as many as we can, some species just seem more… special.

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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First Post-COVID-19 Birding Trip: Wisconsin and Horicon NWR

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Once I was fully vaccinated and air travel became an option, I looked for a location for my first birding trip since 2019. I settled on Wisconsin, which is home to one of the Top 25 NWRs for Birding that I have not visited: Horicon NWR. It is a fine birding location.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2021)

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As grumpy as these daily 30-degree temperature swings are making me, you have to wonder how the birds are reacting. Corey had a pretty amazing weekend, birding-wise, with a host of highlights including Sora , Hudsonian Godwit , Wilson’s Storm-Petrel , and more.

Spotting My Florida Birds on their Maine Breeding Grounds

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During a chilly Florida day (yes, we have those) a few months ago, I drove thirty minutes outside of Tallahassee to a co-worker’s house for the singular purpose of checking out her bird feeders. They’re not alone on my bird list. The birds connect us!

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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Bird Guides Produce Online Birding Tutorials

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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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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. Birding overview.

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.

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Birding Portal, Arizona

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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. After sunset, the birding is just as good.

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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Why I write for 10,000 Birds

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But I felt that photos of Mexican species wouldn’t make much sense to west-coast Americans, so I added some descriptions of the birds and how I saw them. And it is in the heart of one of the world’s great concentrations of endemic bird species.

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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Packing for a birding trip

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When was the last time you travelled for birding? It offers the richest pickings in Belgrade, especially with the incoming spring, but I must admit, the thing I miss the most is travelling and birding overseas. And with these few items, birding equipment is mostly covered.

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 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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Celebrate Birding Tourism This Month with 10,000 Birds

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Even that corner of existence where birds meet watchers that so many of us like to spend time in felt the impact of COVID-19 in a few big ways: Birds carried on as always, perhaps even better than usual thanks to the wane in travel and resulting emissions. Birding tourism TANKED.

Maine Jumpstarted My 2021 Birding

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Like so many, the majority of my birding since the Covid-19 pandemic began has centered on my own backyard and local walking excursions. But as we kicked off 2021, I found myself far from my current home in North Florida, surrounded by a plethora of Maine birds! Birding

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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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2021)

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the end of June feels like the official beginning of the summer birds have already committed to months ago. We’re heading into some slow birding, so start coming up with good ideas for the absence of many good birds. The sapsuckers were easily his Best Bird of the Weekend.

Birding northern Serbia, or a sudden bird tour

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It was an unexpected bird tour, without too much planning and aimed at a few target species, of which we saw most, but the main one eluded us… Early morning, leaving the last houses behind… and a Little Owl awaits us on a traffic sign. A fitting end to a sudden bird tour.

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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2021)

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June is the breeding month, when New Yorkers mostly give up on migrant birds and look for birds where they nest. If you can avoid the bad bugs and get the birds it must be counted as a successful outing. There’s always good birds to be found there.