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Elton’s Egret

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Snowy Egrets like to keep their distance. Normally the slender, fairy-feathered shorebirds are shy and avoid the humans who encroach on their territory. But a small colony of them have made an exception for Elton Reed, who has fished off Chincoteague Island, Virginia for almost five decades.

Tianmushan or Birding a Mulberry Tree

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Tianmushan is a mountain in Zhejiang province – not very high at about 1500 meters, but of course offering very different birds from flat Shanghai (where confusingly, the highest mountain with a height of 100 meters is named Tianmashan – the difference between the a and the u is one of 1400 meters in height.

Backyard Beneficiaries

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With any project or investment we’re involved in, the topic of beneficiaries always surfaces some way or the other. Who is going to benefit aside from the original investor? For me, as a birder, a naturalist, and a general lover of all things natural – the ideal beneficiary is nature.

Lifer! But, which one?

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Only two weeks ago, I commented that I had seen all but two of the wrens that can normally be found in Michoacán. The ones I had not yet seen were the Rock Wren , and the Sedge Wren.

April Showers 4.30

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The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds–A Hummer Book Review

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If you had your choice of one bird family to pursue, to seek out and observe and photograph and kvell over, which one would you choose?

Pied Oystercatcher breeding season is here again!

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In another year when time stands still when you are not allowed to move freely around Australia or overseas some things happen like clockwork. Well, not quite like clockwork, because this year one pair of Pied Oystercatchers on Cable Beach laid their first clutch of eggs a bit earlier than normal.

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Fight for the Wild

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The Kea – New Zealand’s enigmatic alpine parrot. It may seem strange that I am choosing to write a video review in one of my first ever blogs.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2021)

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While many Americans celebrated a certain vision of independence this past weekend, I like to think that any holiday, vacation, or sequence of at least a few unencumbered hours presents the most authentic celebration of freedom.