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Stamps in a Weathered Passport

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I have seen documentaries of yak herders in Mongolia, but I never thought I would see something similar with my own eyes. Ground Woodpecker Southern Bald Ibis The low birding levels allowed me to observe and consider those who live there, whose lives are so different from my own.

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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. Always nice, for some reason. but without the bitter taste of losing a race. This applies even more so to the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

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Black-tailed Godwits around Broome

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

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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. Not sure how I (or the bird itself) feel about the bird being named after a bird collector, though. Admittedly, the issue is more serious for Przevalski’s Pinktail.

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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. Dorj Ganbold is an ornithologist and professional illustrator.

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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. Shown as a list, it looks like this: Less than 200 bird species: Antarctica; oceanic islands. 801-1000 sp. – now the pace quickens: USA; Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia; Nepal, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam.

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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.

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