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Michael Preston
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Australia: Trip Report
The following is a summary of key birding locations that I visited over the course of nearly three weeks (Sept 3-21) in southeast Australia (Brisbane south to Melbourne, including west to Canberra). All records are on file with eBird , as are numerous photo...

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Australia: Planning Phase
(this post is written retrospectively) On September 1, 2016 I made my first trip to Australia, a destination I had dreamt of visiting for years but never thought it would materialize. My down under adventure was carved into reality about 6 months earlier, s...

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Peru: December 3-5, 2015
December 3, 2015 Today was our last day at Manu Wildlife Centre, and tomorrow we were to continue our journey down the Rio Madre de Dios. Unfortunately, over the past week, there had been rumblings of unrest in Puerto Maldonado, the capital city of the Madr...

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Peru: November 30 to December 2, 2015
November 30, 2015 At about 10:00pm [November 29] I was awoken by the sound of rain on the roof of the lodge. Fortunately I was able to get back to sleep quickly, with the only thought passing through my head being that I hoped the rain would stop before mor...

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Peru: November 27-29, 2015
November 27, 2015 While moving from place to place on a regular basis is a great way to see the broader diversity of birds in a region, staying more than one night in the same place once in a while is a welcome break. For two nights we would stay at the Coc...

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Peru: Nov 24-26, 2015
November 24, 2015 Once again, wake up time was 5:00am. Simon was feeling utterly miserable from the altitude, but put on brave face to squeeze in a bit of birding. From the hacienda, located in Tampumayu, we took a short drive up a small side road that over...

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Peru: November 21-23, 2015
November 21, 2015 Another incredible trip ahead, and this time it's to southern Peru with my friends Simon, Howard, and Malcolm from the United Kingdom, and our trusty guides from Manu Expeditions. My travels began on November 20, but were largely uneventfu...

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My 1st eBird Anniversary
The following blog post is a year-in-review (April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016) of my experience as a new user of eBird. I have been a birder for more than 25 years, and subsequently have a long history of record-keeping and data management challenges. Enjoy....
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