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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #110

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions An Asian Barred Owlet captured beautifully in its preferred woodland habitat. Photo by Amit Srivastava   You will often hear the distinctive call of the Bald Eagle in American films. Photo by Leslie Reagan   … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #109

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions An Eastern Imperial Eagle in flight. This eagle is vulnerable to extinction due to intensive forestry in the breeding grounds of Asia and Europe. Photo by Suketu Purohit   A Purple Sunbird captured probing for … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #108

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions This beautiful female Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark was photographed in Pune, India by Sushil Khekare. These sparrow-larks live in open, dry habitats where they feed on seeds and grasses.   Here we have a white morph of … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #107

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions Ashy Prinias build woven nests, usually close to a water source. Their nests are heavily predated by snakes, lizards and other predators. Photograph by Gaurav Budhiraja   The Black and orange Flycatcher has a fairly … Continue reading

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Cornell Bird Cams

This Blue Jay tosses back one of many peanuts during a visit to the Cornell Lab FeederWatch Cam. November 8: FeederWatch Staff Answers Your Feeder Questions In Live Q&A As many of the birds on the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam begin to … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #106

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Bar-headed Goose is particularly distinctive with the black bands on the back of the head. This goose is native to the highland wetlands of China and Mongolia but spends its winter in the comparatively … Continue reading

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Identification Tip for Least & Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper is on the left & Western Sandpiper on right.  First tip, color of the legs.  Least is yellow (greenish) and Western is black.  Often is hard to tell in poor light, distance, or mud on Least’s legs.  Least … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #105

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions In South Africa the Xhosa people call the Spotted Eagle Owl isihulu-hulu. Photo by Melissa Stuckenberg   The Black Bulbul also occurs as a white headed morph. Photo by Pranesh Kodancha   This Black-headed Bunting … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #104

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Bay-backed Shrike is widely distributed across India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Photo by Pratik Humnabadkar   The Black-capped Chickadee is native to North America, it is the state bird of Massachusetts and Maine. Photo by … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #103

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Asian Openbill uses their unusual bill to open molluscs. Photo by Palash Thakkar   The Black-headed Jay is known to occasionally scavenge scraps from humans. Photo by Rajeev Tyagi   Brahminy Kites are known … Continue reading

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ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SATURDAY DECEMBER 30, 2017 Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #102

The Bar-tailed Godwit is known to take the longest non-stop flight in its migration from the Arctic to Eurasia and Australia. Photo by Jaidevsinh Rathod   The Black-rumped Flameback adapts well to urban areas. Photo by Amit Prasad   The … Continue reading

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Lake Hodges Trip Report

Saturday started out cool and foggy, with sun breaking through around 10:30. 31 birders found 52 species of birds. A nice morning. Mallard Ruddy Duck California quail Western grebe Clark’s grebe Double crested cormorant Great blue heron Great egret Snowy … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #103

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions on September 1, 2017 The Asian Openbill uses their unusual bill to open molluscs. Photo by Palash Thakkar   The Black-headed Jay is known to occasionally scavenge scraps from humans. Photo by … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #96

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions on July 14, 2017 These young Burrowing Owls live underground in burrows dug out by other creatures like prairie dogs. These were photographed in southern California, USA by Leslie Reagan   Wire-tailed swallow. There are two sub … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #95

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on July 7, 2017 A Shikra homing in on an invertebrate prey. Photo by Suvadip Mondal‎. The Red winged laughing thrush is found only in China and Veitnam. Photo Jay Shah, China. Sometimes you just need … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #94

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 30, 2017 Malabar parakeets are endemic to the Western Ghats of southern India. Photo by Nagaraj Chindanur‎. The Kori Bustard can weigh up to 18kg and is Africa’s largest flying bird. Photo by Edwin … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #93

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Bird Watch on June 23, 2017 Whitebreasted Cormorants rely heavily on freshwater ecosystems. Photo by Owen Deutsch Photography Spotted Owlets have adapted to human landscape and are often found in cities … Continue reading

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