Monthly Archives: July 2013

Birdfair 2013: The Birding Frontiers Challenge

10 in 10 Mystery Bird Competition You are welcome to join in a bit of fun and in the run-up to the 25th Birdfair. Each day from 1st to 10th August a Mystery Bird will be posted here on Birding … Continue reading

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Revealed: Mongolian Plover – First for Israel

Unearthed from August 2000 Itai Shanni and Martin G. Following the wrestles with the very recent Lesser Sand Plover in Israel, Itai Shanni dug out an old slide. Looks like a first for Israel! Itai wrote: “See attached the photo … Continue reading

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Minke Whale swims around our boat

Bridlington, East Yorkshire by Martin G. It’s a privilege to be part of the team at Yorkshire Coast Nature. For over a year we have been wondering about trying new kinds of pelagic trips. Credit to Rich Baines especially and … Continue reading

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Mongolian, Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers

Postscript: by Martin G. Given Yoav’s excellent posts below on this 3rd, 4th or 5th* record of Lesser Sand Plover for Israel, and a Mongolian Plover in Scotland seemingly heading south and to become Ireland’s first,  I thought it apposite to add to the … Continue reading

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Israeli sand-plover resolved

I hope Martin forgives me for turning this into my personal blog. But this bird stirred a fascinating discussion among some top birders, and deserves one last post. Lesser Sand-plover  So after lots of thinking and reading and discussing, the … Continue reading

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Some more flight shots of the Israeli sandplover

By Irad Solnik, showing how difficult it is to identify birds from pictures only, especially of such difficult taxa pairs like atrifrons / columbinus: More on this bird to follow.

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Tricky Greater Sand-plover

Yesterday, Israeli birder Irad Solnik had a summer-plumaged sand-plover in a small lagoon near Bet Yanay, on the Mediterranean coast. This immediately got the alarm bells ringing, as Greater Sand-plover, which is common in Israel, moults very early and now … Continue reading

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