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Steff Leese
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Birding round up of the year 2017!
After the rollercoaster of a ride that was the British birding scene in 2016 (where firsts for Britain were turning up at a rate of knots), 2017 in comparison turned out to be a little bit of a damp squib. The majority of new birds and “uber” megas turned u...
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Mallorca Birding Trip Report (19th - 21st February 2017) - Species List and Locations
Day 1 – Boquer Valley –
Embassament de Cúber (19 th February 2017) Balearic Warbler – 19 th February – Boquer Valley
(2 males seen well singing in coastal scrub. Seen on both visits to the valley
in the last quarter of the route on the slopes by the sea). C...
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Mallorca Birding Trip Report - Day 3 (Tuesday 21st February 2017)
With our final day on Mallorca beckoning and having succeeded in already locating all of our target birds for the trip, we decided to dedicate the morning to a return to the Boquer Valley in an attempt to secure better photos of the charismatic Balearic War...
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Mallorca Birding Trip Report - Day 2 (Monday 20th February 2017)
With the sun shining once
again, we were up and out early, keen to start our day at the famous S’Albufera
Natural Park , an extensive set of reedbeds and wetlands situated just south of
Port d’Alcudia. With our hotel backing on to the reserve, we only had t...
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Mallorca Birding Trip Report - Day 1 (Sunday 19th February 2017)
Mallorca – an idyllic Mediterranean island retreat, steeped in Spanish culture and popular with holidaymakers and tourists alike. T he largest island in the Balearic archipelago, this beautiful location is packed full of both interesting and fascinating flo...
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Mega!!! Rock Thrush at Pwll-du, Gwent, South Wales!
There are a number of birds that Alex has on his British list over me that are going to be pretty hard to topple – Marmora’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Cream-coloured Courser all spring to mind as being the ones that will try and see it out to the bit...
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MEGA!!!! Scops Owl in Ryhope, Durham!!
Scops Owl is a species I’ve
always wanted to see in Britain, coming in at number 9 on my top ten most
wanted species. Having always loved owls, this quirky, angry looking miniature
bird of prey has always been a firm favourite of mine when visiting falconry...
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Fuerteventura Birding Trip Report (24th October - 28th October 2016) - Species List and Locations
Day 1 – El Jarde – Vega de
Rio Palmas (24 th October) Berthelot’s Pipit – 24 th October – El Jarde
Bustard Reserve (Plentiful throughout). Trumpeter Finch – 24 th October – El Jarde
Bustard Reserve (c10 individuals around goat farm and later 2 more showing ...
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Fuerteventura Birding Trip Report - Day 4 (Thursday 27th October 2016)
Day 4: With our final full day
dawning and having cleaned up on all of our target species, we decided to head
over to the Embalse de los Molinos – another excellent site on the island that
like El Jarde held most of our objective birds. This was our best si...
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Fuerteventura Birding Trip Report - Day 3 (Wednesday 26th October 2016)
Day 3: Moved in to a new (hopefully
flood proof) apartment at the other side of the complex, having already seen
most of our expected main Fuerteventura targets for the trip we decided to
spend another day seawatching on the outside chance of connecting wit...
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