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Alex & Zvezdana Big Year 2017

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Beginner's luck was on our side in 2016, and total of 434 bird species a complete surprise to us ... and to others.

 

Repeating similar number in 2017 will be impossible, and as every bird will count, not even a winter break to Caribbean paradise should not be birding-free. No big birding detinations are planned but a series of shorter trips will hopefully kept us in the game.

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BIRDS OF WEST INDIES / 01 - 14 JANUARY 2017

 

 

Time to start our second Big Year of birding. Well, we have started it almost on the first day of the year 2017. Almost meaning that the London weather acted against us, drizzle and grey did not allowed us to take any photos while we have waited for the shuttle bus to the Gatwick airport. Luckily the next two weeks spent on West Indies were all under the beautiful tropical sun :) .

 

We have spent our time birding on three different islands: Barbados, Bequia and St.Vincent. Birds will be posted into respective islands and time posts. There will be no specific details of each photo's location as I did not took notes, and anyway, islands are small enough.

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BARBADOS / 02 JANUARY 2017

Let us start the year with a black bird also ourselves:
BY 001 / WI 01
Carib Grackle - Quiscalus lugubris
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BY 002 / WI 02
Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata
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BY 003 / WI 03
Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Barbados) - Loxigilla noctis
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@@xelas

Great to see you in for 2017!

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BARBADOS / 04 JANUARY 2017

 

This day we have hired local birder, Jonathan Walcott, for a half day of birding. We have been birding on the southern part of Barbados.

 

 

BY 004 / WI 04

Green Heron - Butorides virescent

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BY 005 / WI 04

Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola

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BY 006 / WI 06

Least Sandpiper - Calidiris Minutilla

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BY 007 / WI 07

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

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BY 008 / WI 08

American Cout - Fulica americana

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BY 009 / WI 09

Solitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria

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BY 010 / WI 10

Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca

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BY 011 / WI 11

Common Ground-Dove - Columbina passerina

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BY 012 / WI 12

Shiny Cowbird - Molothrus bonariensis

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BY 013 / WI 13

Grassland Yellow-Finch - Scales luteola

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BY 014 / WI 14

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus

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BY 015 / WI 15

Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres

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BY 016 / WI 16

Common Moorhen - Galinulla chloropus

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BY 017 / WI 17

Yellow Warbler - Dendroica petechia

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BY 018 / WI 18

Scaly-naped Pigeon - Columba squamosa

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Great to see you in for 2017!

 

Big Year is big fun, and we would not miss it!

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BEQUIA & ST.VINCENT / 05-13 JANUARY 2017

 

Although we have spent 8 days on Bequia, most of the time we were at Lower Bay.

 

BY 019 / WI 19

Yellow-bellied Elaenia - Elaenia flavogaster

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BY 020 / WI 20

Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster

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BY 021 / WI 21

Antillean Crested Hummingbird - Orthorhyncus cristatus

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female

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BY 022 / WI 22

Yellow-crowned Night-heron - Nyctanassa violacea

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BY 023 / WI 23

Grey Kingbird - Tyrannous dominicensis

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BY 024 / WI 24

Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens

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BY 025 / WI 25

Bananaquit - Coereba flaveola

 

Puerto Rico race

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St.Vincent race

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BY 026 / WI 26

Little Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea

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BY 027 / WI 27

Royal Tern - Sterna maxima

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BY 028 / WI 28

Tropical Mockingbird - Mimus gilvus

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BY 029 / WI 29

Brown Pelican - Pelicans accidentalis

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BY 030 / WI 30

Mourning Dove - Zenaida Macroura

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BY 031 / WI 31

Cocoa Thrush - Turdus fumigatus

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It seems you did more than just having cocktails at the beach! :)

 

Love the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, what a cool bird.

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It seems you did more than just having cocktails at the beach! :)

 

Love the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, what a cool bird.

 

 

It certainly looks like we were not that lazy, after all.

 

There is a whole funny story about the heron and Zvezda, playing peek-a-boo on the beach :):) !

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@@xelas - lovely shots. I've seen many of those on our trip to St Lucia a couple of years ago but the Cocoa Thrush is new - great to see.

 

The St Vincent Bananaquit - is it always black without the yellow breast?

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@@xelas - lovely shots. I've seen many of those on our trip to St Lucia a couple of years ago but the Cocoa Thrush is new - great to see.

 

The St Vincent Bananaquit - is it always black without the yellow breast?

 

Yes, according to my guide (and book) the St.Vincent race is always black.

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A hummingbird in flight! Well done!

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BARBADOS / 14 JANUARY 2017

This day we have hired another local birder, Julian Moore, for a half day of birding. This time we went to the northern side of Barbados.

BY 032 / WI 32

Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto

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BY 033 / WI 33

Snowy Egret - Egretta thula

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BY 034 / WI 34

Black-whiskered Vireo - Vireo altiloquus

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BY 035 / WI 35

Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus

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BY 036 / WI 36

Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus

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BY 037 / WI 37

Blue-winged Teal - Anas discors

female

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BY 038 / WI 38

Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis

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BY 039 / WI 39

Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla

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BY 040 / WI 40

Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularia

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BY 041 / WI 41

Sanderling - Calidris alba

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BY 042 / WI 42

Great Egret - Ardea alba

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BY 043 / WI 43

Black-faced Grassquit - Tilaris bicolor

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juvenile

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BY 044 / WI 44

Green-throated Carib - Eulampis holosericeus

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So, West Indies has given us 44 birds. Not bad, considering this was mostly R&R type of trip.

 

For identification and latin names I have used "Birds of West Indies" published by Helm Field Guides, authors H.Raffaele, J.Wiley, O.Garrido, A.Keith and J.Raffaele.

 

Special thanks to Julian Moore for his support with "difficult birds".

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@@xelas, what a lovely mixture of Birds, Shorebirds through to Hummingbirds, great job with the Hummingbird, by the way.

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A great number of birds, and beautiful photos from a "non-birding" trip!

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@@elefromoz and @@TonyQ , indeed I was surprised by the latest count. And thank you for making me browse through all photos one more time ... to find this one soaring high above in the sky!

 

 

BY 045 / WI 45

 

Osprey - Pandion halieatus

 

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Coming back to Slovenia, the winter was at full swing! Not good for us and certainly not very comfortable for those birds that have not escaped the winter. Also the light was not that good, however, taking photos of BOC gave me some fun. Barje / 22.01.2017

 

BY 046 / SI 001

 

Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

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BY 047 / SI 002

 

Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus

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BY 048 / SI 003

 

Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

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This Great Egret surely looks much less happy than his cousin on Barbados :) :

 

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@@xelas thanks for posting this interesting selection of birds from the West Indies.

 

The Green-throated Carib is a very tidy bird.

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The West Indies provided you with some good species and photos, @@xelas! I can feel the cold in your last set. I hope Spring will set in soon in Slovenia (well, here too...:))

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The West Indies provided you with some good species and photos, @@xelas! I can feel the cold in your last set. I hope Spring will set in soon in Slovenia (well, here too... :))

 

 

Welcome back to the cold countries, @@PeterHG . Looking forward to see your selection of birds from your last trip(s) :) !

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Despite all the good wishes sent by @@PeterHG , spring came late to Slovenia. That and the fact we have had not that much time due to long trip to Namibia, and maybe some lack of enthusiasm by myself, resulted in relatively poor birding. However, it is time to post what we were able to capture. Still in winter time.

 

BY 049 / SI 004

Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus

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BY 050 / SI 005

Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo

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BY 051 / SI006

Feral Pigeon - Columba livia f. domestica

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BY 052 / SI007

Blackbird - Turdus merula

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BY 053 / SI008

Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra

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BY054 / SI009

Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus

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BY055 / SI010

Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus

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BY056 / SI011

Hooded Crow - Corvus cornix

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BY057 / SI012

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

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BY058 / SI013

Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris

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Beginning of March I had a business trip to Ulm, Germany. Passing by Chiemsee, and reading about great birding there from @@michael-ibk , I have had great hopes. The rain washed them away efficiently :angry: . Another mistake I have done is using a D90 body, and those older generation sensors just cannot cope well with noise as soon as they are pushed over 800 ISO :( . Lesson learned. Anyway, just for the sake of not throwing all photos away, here are some that could be posted, and counted.

 

 

BY059 / DE001

Great Tit - Parus major

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BY060 / DE002

Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs

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BY061 / DE003

House Sparrow - Passer domesticus

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BY062 / DE004

Carrion Crow - Corvus corone

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