November, 2022

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Several seasonal specialties have been arriving in the last remaining patches of wetland at the southwest end of the cigar-shaped island of Tobago here in the southern Caribbean.

Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or When Harry Met Mercedes

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After a heavy pre-dawn rain, the morning was all misty and mysterious.

Costa Rica on a relaxed birding pace

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As some of you know, I almost made it to the Birdwatching Bliss 2021 fam trip to Costa Rica, but got sick a day or two ahead of the trip and had to cancel my participation. Yet, the organisers, Futuropa and ProImagen Costa Rica, kindly kept my ticket valid and this October I revisited Costa Rica.

Birds in Ruins

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Our 9-day trip to Turkey in September was short, and it was not about birding. Even so, our short stay did allow me contact with a good number of habitats. The historic center of Istanbu l offered urban and coastal birds. The wetlands of Izmir’s bay were full of flamingos and other shorebirds.

Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

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Torresian Crows in Australia

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Torresian Crows Corvus orru are the most common of the Crow family in the northern part of Australia and are the most likely of the Crow species that you will encounter. In Broome it is the only Crow species and we do not have Ravens , so it makes identification easy.

Birding Shanghai in October 2022

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Somebody highly knowledgeable in the area of SEO (search engine optimization) strongly recommended that I should write more posts including Japanese T**s. I don’t think I will stoop that low.

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What’s Next at the Juan Santamaria Aiport in Costa Rica? A Pipit? A Wagtail?

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White-tailed Kite in action- a classic airport species in Costa Rica. Odd habitats attract odd birds. Or rather, I should say that out of place habitats attract lost birds. The good old sewage ponds bring in waders and wandering waterbirds that have nowhere else to go.

Little Terns breeding near Broome

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In Australia there are three populations of Little Tern. There are Little Terns that breed across the north of Australia, Little Terns that breed on the coast of eastern and south-eastern Australia and another population that visit at this time of year from Asia.

A Few Jordanian Birds

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My wife and I had the privilege of visiting Mexican friends in Jordan in early October. These friends do work similar to that which we do in Mexico, but in much more delicate circumstances. So I won’t go into any of their personal details.

Back to Spain

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After travelling to the Middle East, our work required us to spend one more week in Algeciras, Spain. This time, I had the benefit of a lighter schedule — that, and another benefit we had already had there, on our previous stay.

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If You Are Ever in Istanbul

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Turkey seems to be having a moment right now. A surprising number of our Mexican friends would like to go there — get this — because they love Turkish soap operas. And there are, amazingly enough, direct flights from Mexico City to Istanbul.

Borrow pit birding near Broome

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The definition of a borrow pit is rather odd, because you are not actually borrowing anything. Gravel, clay or sand is removed for highway construction and it is not “borrowed” as such, because it doesn’t go back!

Tragically Beautiful?

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In my last post I alluded to several goings-on that warranted separate posts. Although much has happened from then to now, the memory of a bird we observed on that day has remained with me.

Birding Nabang, Yunnan (2)

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Look up Nabang on a map of China – it is literally at the end of a road. As usual, birds seem to like these off-the-way places best – eBird lists 337 species based on a little more than just 100 checklists.

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The Compact Australian Bird Guide: A Field Guide Review

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Australia has a lot of birds. The “ Working List of Australian Birds, v.4 ,” published by BirdLife Australia lists 2,016 birds, but that includes subspecies (add extinct, domestic, failed introduced & non-confirmed birds and you have 2,106).

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The Siberian Rubythroat

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The Siberian Rubythroat passes through Shanghai on its autumn migration, mainly in October and November. Its Latin name, Calliope calliope , is derived from Calliope, the chief of the Greek muses. Apparently, she was both the wisest and the most assertive of the muses.