2021

A Rare Caribbean Parrot on the Brink

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Jim Wright’s latest book is The Real James Bond , the biography of the ornithologist whose name Ian Fleming stole for his secret agent 007. He writes “The Bird Watcher” column for the USA today newspapers in N.J.

A Tale of Two Eagles

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The White-tailed Eagle is one of the easiest birds to observe in Belgrade, Serbia (almost guaranteed). There are about ten pairs around the city. One pair even breeds on the island at the very confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers, less than a mile from the central city square.

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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Louisiana is a magical place to bird.

We Want to Help the Birding Tourism Industry

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With a worldwide pandemic still raging the tourism industry has taken a massive hit.

April Showers 4.30

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How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers! Normally I rant about environmental dangers and describe heartwarming/mind-boggling/headscratching wild bird rescues.

Birds on Utility Poles – The Electrocution Solution

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Picture this. You’re wandering through a park, minding your own business, and decide to take a short rest on a bench. You sit down. You want to get comfortable, so you lean against the armrest. Surprise! Thousands of volts of electricity snake through your body.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea 2nd edition – A Field Guide Review

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“Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea” by James A. Eaton, Bas van Balen, Nick W. Brickle and Frank E. Rheindt is a big book. Or should I say a great book? Or both? Its dimensions are 16 × 23 cm / 6.3 x 9.1

Shearwater Chase in Costa Rica

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“That bird! Get it! That bird, chase it! Chase it!” ” In a flash, our small deep sea fishing boat went from casually bobbing on gentle waves to flying over the waters of the Pacific.

GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters” but it could just as easily mean “land of many birds”.

A Survey of U.S. Birders

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Comprehensive surveys of U.S. birders are rare, so the recent release of a “ National Survey of Birdwatchers: Nationwide and Flyway Comparisons ” is notable. Although the results are largely unsurprising, empirical confirmation of impressions or anecdotes is always useful.

March Madness 4.0

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Into the Clouds

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Trinidad’s cloud forests typically aren’t birded much. After all, the habitat is restricted to the highest and mostly inaccessible reaches of the mountain range across the north of the island.

Birds from Britannia by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

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With the sad passing of Prince Philip this week I thought I should share with you a book that we own that he wrote. This book was gifted by my father, Philip, to his father, Harry, for his birthday on 4th October 1962.

International birding tourism after the Covid-19 – what will change?

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We are stuck. In a world we made. I remember a cartoon showing the prehistoric Earth as a vast forest with tiny villages fenced-off due to dangerous animals, and the today’s Earth as a wasteland, with a few tiny forests remaining, fenced-off due to abominable humans.

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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Ask any birder–migration is joy. It’s endless frustration that suddenly erupts into wild excitement, a reason to get up in the morning, a goal for the mind and a bandage for the soul as we muddle through winter and pandemic.

New Year February

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Signs of Spring Migration in Costa Rica

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Spring in western New York was and is a time of melting snow, of ice chunks being rushed along the Niagara River, of when you wondered if this year, would it maybe stay warm in April and not snow again?

Costa Rica Birding in Quetzal Valley

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Quetzal Valley ! Does such a place really exist? I mean, it sounds like something from an eco-cartoon where all the animals live in cloud forest harmony with all of the big, beautiful trees. It also sounds like a piece of heaven; something about valleys, a lot to do with quetzals.

Packing for a birding trip

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When was the last time you travelled for birding? Since the Covid-19 era, I have become a patch birder. On rare occasions I do visit some other areas, but when I hang binoculars around my neck, even without a second thought I head for Beljarica backwaters.

Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds

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Since the 2nd edition of the Collins Bird Guide (published as “Birds of Europe” in the US) from 2009, the field guide market for European guides is practically dead.

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High Elevation Birding in Costa Rica at Providencia

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Costa Rica is a tropical country but it doesn’t have to be hot. Crunched and uplifted by plate tectonics, its also a mountainous, volcanic nation with land heading thousands of feet into the near atmosphere.

The most important book about European birds in this century

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The adventure of the second European Breeding Bird Atlas, or EBBA2, was the topic of one of my first posts here at 10,000 Birds: In a warm Catalonian March, Barcelona is filled with sunlight and full of Rose-ringed and Monk Parakeets.

Birding and Wildlife photography at Limneo Lodge, Kerkini Lake, Greece

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Responsible Birding in Colombia with Jaguarundi Travel

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

December Cheer

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A Cuckoo in Costa Rica Brings in the Birders

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12 species of cuckoos are on the Costa Rica bird list. One of them, the Greater Ani, is rare and odd vagrant that has only been seen a few times in the canals of Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero- one of many excellent birding areas in Costa Rica.

Teaching Ornithology in High Schools

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In 2018, I read an article in Birding magazine by Jeff R. Manker about teaching ornithology in high schools. (It It was later re-published on the All About Birds website.)

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Check out Birding Experiences in Costa Rica

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Keeping the Faith

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You may have heard the news that resonated throughout the international birding circuit some months ago – in case you missed it you can read my gloss-over here.

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Heat in the Tropics

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As the boreal migrants head north, breeding season for the residents and austral migrants is beginning to pick up. A friend of mine has been begging me to come over to document a nesting pair of Plumbeous Kites in her property but life has gotten in the way thus far.

Bird Uganda with Bird Uganda Safaris

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Visit the Manu Road with InkaNatura Travel

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

7 Resolutions for Birding Costa Rica in 2021

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2020, one of the more memorable and infamous tear years of our lives, is finally done. It doesn’t mean that various issues and problems have disappeared, but at least a new calendar year is a fine excuse for renewal.

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