September, 2022

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Welcome Back, Shorbies!

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If you know me, then you are well aware of how much I love shorebirds. Even when writing my book with all ardent efforts to remain unbiased; the section on Sandpipers & Allies was by far the longest – surpassing mega-families like Thraupidae and Tyrannidae.

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The World Before – Lake Karla, Greece

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I was tired, as if it were my shoulders that held the sky suspended… So much so that I made no birding plans for this vacation.

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Beljarica Backwaters are finally protected!!

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“To the sea their hearts they vow. They will not come again. And even if they came, would you recognise them now? The ocean masks a man. If they return a while, we know not if they smile or weep beneath their tan.”.

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Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History from Cave Art to Conservation–A Book Review

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Tim Birkhead loves to tell stories.

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Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

Speaker: Aggregage

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A Tawny Frogmouth nest

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Last Sunday we were driving down a gravel road, which is mostly the local red sand known as pindan, when Grant said “we’re going back for that”! The edges of the road are high where they grade it every now and then to keep it less rough-I won’t say smooth!

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Birding Yancheng, Jiangsu

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From my home in Shanghai, it is about a four-hour drive to the North to Yancheng, a place to look for Red-crowned Cranes in winter.

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Another Bird Surprise for Costa Rica- Buff-collared Nightjar!

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As far as countries go, Costa Rica is at the smaller end of the spectrum. A bit larger than the Netherlands but with less land than Latvia and Ireland, in terms of territory, we rank 126.

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Birding the Kruger Park (6): Pafuri area part 2

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This is the last post covering my time birding the Kruger Park in November 2018. It seems this African Harrier-Hawk just caught something here. No clue what it is though.

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Black-tailed Godwits around Broome

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There are three subspecies of Black-tailed Godwit in the world. In Australia we encounter the subspecies Limosa limosa melanuroides. The Black-tailed Godwits that we observe here in Australia breed in east Siberia and Mongolia.

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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. Algeciras, Spain, to be specific — right around the bay from Gibraltar. Drive a bit to the southwest, and you reach Tarifa, Europe’s most southerly point.

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Summer Days

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Pied Oystercatchers second attempt at breeding

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Every year we observe both egg and chick loss amongst our Pied Oystercatcher pairs along Cable Beach and also in Roebuck Bay during their breeding season.

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Birding the Kruger Park (5): Pafuri area part 1

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Pafuri lies in the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park and is described as “some of the most potentially productive birding territory in South Africa” on the SANParks website.

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San Diego Pelagic

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In August, we took a family trip to beautiful San Diego, seeing SeaWorld , LegoLand , and the San Diego Zoo. But I took a day for myself for a 12-hour pelagic trip sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon.

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Pied Oystercatchers breeding in Roebuck Bay

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Roebuck Bay is a well-known location for bird-watching around Broome. It is especially renowned for the migratory shorebirds and they have been returning from the Northern hemisphere to our shores in recent weeks.

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Attend third

Speaker: Hannah Flynn

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Thoughts on Redstarts, an Early Fall Migrant in Costa Rica, 2022

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I saw a redstart the other morning, my first of fall migration. If I lived in another hemisphere, I might be talking about the Common Redstart or other chat species with a flash of red in the tail.

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15 Australian Birds (Episode 7)

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(In which the author, rather than jumping out of his 13th-floor window out of his frustration over his long lockdown, describes a final 15 Australian birds, whether or not anyone is interested).

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Birding Shanghai in August 2022

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I think there is a potential joke somewhere in a person saying in an exaggerated French accent “I have no egrets” (try imagining the French accent please, otherwise this is definitely not funny. Even with the French accent, it probably isn’t, but that is another problem).

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