Cuban Tody near Viñales #birding #Cuba

Published January 31, 2017 in Field Notes

In Panama after a great first tour to Cuba. With a tally higher than 170 bird species, including all the viable endemics and nearly all regional endemics, as well as unexpected finds like a small flock of Bahama Swallow, we can definitely say that this tour was a success. Most importantly, it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun! I’m working on the trip report and will be posting tons of pictures on the Whitehawk page soon. Looking forward to being back next year! In the picture, one of the absolute favorites of the trip: Cuban Tody.

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Serendib Scops Owl, a must-see if you visit #SriLanka #Birding

Published December 29, 2016 in Field Notes

Of all the species, and particularly bird endemics, I wanted to see in Sri Lanka, the Serendib Scops Owl came first. It was only described as a species new to science in 2004 by Sri Lankan ornithologist Deepal Warakagoda, and is considered to be very localized and Endangered. It would have been impossible to find this bird during my second try in Sinharaja National Park, without the invaluable help of Ratne, the local guide that found this bird in the midst of an absolute mess of twigs and branches over a swampy area. I slipped and felt on my butt […]

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Sri Lankan Leopard – Panthera pardus kotiya

Published December 20, 2016 in Field Notes

This is Sri Lankan Leopard from a recent vacation trip. I only got to take this picture when he was watching behind the bushes. I shot and focused manually to get the eye in focus. Even though I couldn’t take more pictures, I got to see it well: the fine spotting and intense orange coat were striking and noticeably different from other subspecies of leopards in Asia and Africa. A truly spectacular animal.

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Tarifa and its migration will be represented at the #Birdfair See you there!

Published August 17, 2016 in Field Notes

Tarifa will be represented at the Birdfair within the stand of Turismo Andaluz. Javi and I will be there as members of the association 14KM to answer everyone’s questions and provide valuable information about the birds of Tarifa and the Strait of Gibraltar, as well as the marvels of migration and best birding hotspots. We will be in Marquee 2, stands 8,9 & 10. With the huge flocks of white storks and black kites in our retinas, we head to Rutland Waters with renewed enthusiasm! I hope to see you there!

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