January 2012

My Last Days in Tanzania

Thumbnail image for My Last Days in Tanzania by Rich Hoyer 31 January 2012

Rich Hoyer shares a few photos from the Udzungwa Mountains of east-central Tanzania.

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The Bird World Cup Winner

Thumbnail image for The Bird World Cup Winner by Gunnar 29 January 2012

The winner is…. It is usually straight forward to pick a winner in a voting game. The participant that gets most votes wins. This is a little more complex. Presenting the results from the final of this contest which has been running since the beginning of December 2011 is long overdue. Things got a bit [...]

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Learning North American Birds (in Europe)

Thumbnail image for Learning North American Birds (in Europe) by DaleForbes 29 January 2012

You know those people who look at something once and the info is glued in to their brain, seemingly permanently? I am not one of those people. I forget stuff as soon as I do not use/practice it. I love languages and birding, but neither of them are like riding a bicycle (at least not [...]

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A Special Orange Beak

Thumbnail image for A Special Orange Beak by Alex Vargas 28 January 2012

Prasae it’s always been a birding and Bird-Photo hotspot, but in August-September 2010, the appearance of a red billed bird -which turned out to be an unusual RIVER TERN- placed that site in everyone’s map! In the calm waters of the Thai Gulf, Prasae has always been a good site to find waders terns and [...]

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Rwanda Sunbird Confusion

Probable Stuhlman's Sunbird. Rich Hoyer by Rich Hoyer 26 January 2012

A gallery of sunbird photos from Rwanda illustrate an identification problem.

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Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands – a Winter Snapshot

Thumbnail image for Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands – a Winter Snapshot by Rich Hoyer 17 January 2012

Rich Hoyer reports on a morning bike ride to Tucson’s premier birding hotspot, Sweetwater Wetlands.

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James Currie ~On National Geographic WILD

Thumbnail image for James Currie ~On National Geographic WILD by dAwN FiNe 17 January 2012

Great news Via The American Birding Association Blog The National Geographic WILD TV network is debuting Aerial Assassins, hosted by James Currie on Friday, January 20, 2012. The new hour-long show delves into the Sonoran Desert to track Harris’s Hawks. A former wildlife wrangler, Currie also hosts, Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV, the first bird-watching travel show [...]

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Book Review: Top Birding Sites of Europe by Dominic Couzens

Thumbnail image for Book Review: Top Birding Sites of Europe by Dominic Couzens by DaleForbes 15 January 2012

I love books and I really like to travel, so I started looking in to some of the offerings on the book market with collections of places which I should consider putting on my birding/visiting bucket list. Now, given that this particular list is already rather long, and my knowledge of Europe is rather modest, [...]

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Cede Prudente, a great Bird-Photographer in Malaysian Borneo

Thumbnail image for Cede Prudente, a great Bird-Photographer in Malaysian Borneo by Alex Vargas 14 January 2012

Cede Prudente is an excellent reference of first class Bird-Photography in Malaysian Borneo and he shares a bit of his history and fantastic work with us at BirdingBlogs I visited Sabah, Malaysian Borneo in a birding expedition back in 2010 with my friends Mario and Roxanne and quickly got in-loved with such a majestic paradise [...]

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Zanzibar Shorebird Quiz

Thumbnail image for Zanzibar Shorebird Quiz by Rich Hoyer 10 January 2012

Wow, we timed the tide  just right at the beach below our backpackers hostel south of Paje on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania last week. The photo above seems to contain five species, a relatively easy quiz given the location and time. To help out, I’ve excised the ones I found and uploaded them below: [...]

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The Best of Birdingblogs.com in 2011

Thumbnail image for The Best of Birdingblogs.com in 2011 by DaleForbes 7 January 2012

Looking back at 2011, there were tons of great bird-related blog posts that touched us, motivated us to be better birders/people, and made us laugh (or cry); so I thought I would look back through the birdingblogs.com archives and dredge out some of the posts that really stood out to me this year.   Are [...]

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Blue -river- Jewel of the South

Thumbnail image for Blue -river- Jewel of the South by Alex Vargas 6 January 2012

The Blue-banded Kingfisher isn’t the most colorful of his group, but certainly it is one of the most difficult to find and photograph! When I was coming to this side of the world, I was looking at the book in the plane and right away got amazed with the colors and crazy looks of the [...]

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Afromontane – A New World (and Word)

Thumbnail image for Afromontane – A New World (and Word) by Rich Hoyer 3 January 2012

I guess mountains are so rare in Africa, that an adjective has been coined to describe the forests found there. In the Neotropics, we say something more general, such as “tropical montane,” or  “cloud forest,” I guess assuming that anywhere you have mountains in the tropics you get a resulting forest type. It turns out [...]

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World Bird Cup – Final!!

Thumbnail image for World Bird Cup – Final!! by Gunnar 2 January 2012

Surprise Semifinal It was a total surprise that Philippine Eagle would be able to resist the popular Spoon-billed Sandpiper. It could be that the Spoonie supporters were to busy celebrating Christmas and New Year, and simply did not have time to vote.  I checked the results at midnight on the 31st of December, 2011 and [...]

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The Best Images of 2011

Thumbnail image for The Best Images of 2011 by GlennBartley 1 January 2012

My personal selection – best of 2011 2012 is officially here! The coming of a new year always forces us all to look back at the year that has come and gone. What a year 2011 has been! I am sitting here in a hotel in Quito exactly where I was one year ago and [...]

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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

Thumbnail image for Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey by Alex Vargas 1 January 2012

If you ever find yourself in New Jersey, don’t you dare to think no good birding is available, ’cause not far from downtown, you can visit the Great Swamp… a sweet birding area with cool drives, trails and lots of birds! I visited guided by the experienced Jane Kendall, who kindly took me around after [...]

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