Birding Inner Mongolia

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Second note: Inner Mongolia has a land area larger than that of France and Germany combined, and I only spent one week there. So, to claim that I birded Inner Mongolia is a massive exaggeration. (Note: this post refers to a trip I took a long time ago, in 2015.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mongolia

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A Field Guide to the Birds of Mongolia by Dorj Ganbold and Chris Smith (2019) offers more than 500 species in one neat edition. While at the National University of Mongolia, he conducted research on illustrating birds in the field, including at bird-ringing stations.

Birding Ruoergai, Sichuan, China

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Godlewski’s Bunting is an attractive bunting species with a rather broad distribution in Russia, Mongolia, China, and other countries. Ruoergai is a large grassland in Sichuan on the far eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau.

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Oriental Plovers

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They breed in the arid inland areas in Mongolia and northern China and then migrate south into coastal parts of south-east Asia and northern Australia. Oriental Plovers Charadrius veredus are a species of shorebird that we see in varying numbers around Broome and they may be on the beach, feeding on insects across the plains or at the ephemeral lakes. During February there have been astonishingly high numbers some years and this has been as a result of insect activity.

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Brown-headed Gull

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The Brown-headed Gull is a bird of Asia, breeding from Turkmenistan to Mongolia, and winters along the coasts of Asia. At the time this post goes live I’ll be wandering around Hong Hong in a bemused state of mind trying to identify not only the native birds but the multitude of other species released by the inhabitants into the area. It’ll allow me to put a good start to this year’s list before the long drought of work starts up.

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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201-400 sp: Madagascar, north African countries; European countries; Asia Minor, Arabian Peninsula, Mongolia. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website. It illustrates the bird richness per country.

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The Eagle Huntress–A Film Review

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The Golden Eagle Festival in Olgii (also called Bayan-Ulgii), Mongolia, is full of color and sound. In Act 3, the scene changes from town and crowds to the vast wilderness of far western Mongolia. Hunting in western Mongolia; left to right: Aisholpan’s father, Nurgaiv and Aisholpan and their Golden Eagles. The story behind the film is this: Asher Svidensky, an Israeli photographer, went to western Mongolia to photograph the eagle hunting tradition and found Aisholpan.

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We need to talk about your life list

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This handsome little bird has a wide distribution, roaming from north of the Black Sea over central Asia and way, way into China and Mongolia. Yes, that’s right. I’ve got bad news for you, provided you do or have or will live and bird and list in North America. But sit down first. Before we turn our attention to your various bird lists, let me tell you a story about some wheatears of the genus Oenanthe that are found in Kazakhstan’s Mangghystau province.

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Germany’s Great Bustards and how to see them

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This species, one of the heaviest birds able to fly, was once common through most of southern and central Europe and all the way to Mongolia, but was driven to extinction by hunting and changes in agricultural practises in most of its European range during the 19th and early 20th century.

Biting the bullet or jumping the shark? A potential Baikal Wagtail in Germany

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Baicalensis inhabits southern Siberia around lake Baikal and ranges into the northern half of Mongolia. I recently saw and photographed what appears to be a Baikal Wagtail ( Motacilla alba-or-not baicalensis ) in Germany. If I am correct, this would apparently constitute a first record for the Western Palearctic. So it may turn out to be a bit of a big deal. Or a bit of a PR disaster for my birding skillz if I am not correct. So I guess some background wouldn’t hurt.

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Flying Dinosaurs: A Review by a Triceratops Fan

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I probably missed the fossilized remains of a nesting oviraptorid found in Mongolia in 1994, located in the hallway leading to the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs. Two fossil images reproduced in Flying Dinosaurs: The Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica (left, H Raab/Wikimedia) and Specimens of the oviraptorosaur Citipati osmolskae found in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

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Namibia’s 15 key birds

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people per sq mi) of any country in the world (Mongolia has the lowest). Gaining independence in 1990, Namibia is one of Africa’s “newer” nations, although not quite as newborn as South Sudan which has yet to celebrate its first anniversary! Before self-rule it was administered by South Africa and known as South-West Africa. However, Namibia’s colonial history began earlier, in 1884 when it was annexed by the Germans.