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223 Little Stint (Calidris minuta) and 224 Common ringed plover (Charadius hiaticula)

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Today I took a lunchwalk at Egaa Engsoe. The White-tailed eagles put on a display with several unsuccesful hunts, but too far away for pictures. #137 Icterine wrbler (Hippolais icterina)

The last pictures from the trip are from Dana Point Harbor, CA #175 Heermann`s Gull (Larus Heermanni)   #176 Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)   A few Sea lion`

#220 Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis cyanophrys)  

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#226 Kentish plover (Charadius  alexandrinus)

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Dunlin

 

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michael-ibk

Very interesting birds from Israel again, a fascinating mix of European, African and Asian species. Beautiful Starling especially. Your Marsh Sandpiper looks more like a Greenshank to me? I´m also sceptical about the Curlew, personally I´d go for Dunlin.

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@michael-ibk  Michael, thank you for the comments. We had a scope on the Marsh piper, so pretty sure about that one.

On closer study I agree with you that it is probably a dunlin. As stated in a previous post I am not particular used to seeing waders in non breeding plumage.

I have corrected the title to Dunlin.

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The last morning I had to go down to the beach at dawn before the Gulls got scared away by the crowds.

#227 House crow (Corvus splendens)

The beach are had far to many of this invasive species and actually also a lot of another invasie bird, Rose-ringed parakeete.

 

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The final bird of the trip and one of my target species.

Eilat North Beach 17 November 2019.

#228 White-eyed gull (Ichthyaetus leucophtalmus)

 

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An excellent collection from Israel, well done 

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Peter Connan

Excellent haul from Israel!

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Kitsafari

I had so enjoyed your collection from Israel - wonder if I could ever make a trip there one day? The political situation seems so uncertain in the media but you didn’t mention any unrest or instability there, so I may be totally off the mark.

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@Kitsafari  We did not feel unsafe at any point. Security in general is very good. I believe that most unrest is limited to certain areas where you would typically not go as a tourist. Apart from the birding it was really interesting and amazing to see Jerusalem and Masada. We also made a day trip into Jordan to visit Petra which was amazing.

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Kitsafari

That's good information, thank you!

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Zim Girl

A good number of interesting birds from Israel.  Well done on getting past 200!

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The sun was shining today so time to get in the last entries.

I got two of my favorite birds today.

 

#229 White - throated dipper  (Cinclus cinclus)  31 December Vrads, Denmark

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#230 Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

A nice flock of app 25 birds. Unfortunately an unsuccesful Sparrowhawk made it a very short session.

31 December Voerladegaard, Denmark

 

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I wish all fellow BY`s and ST`s a Happy New Year and look forward to reading exciting reports and seeing splendid photos next year.

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Two wonderful birds, excellent sightings and great photos.

I have really enjoyed following your Big Year 

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michael-ibk

Happy New Year, closing with a Waxwing, now that's a stylish finish! 

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Kitsafari

wow beautiful waxwing! 

 

Happy 2020 to you too.

 

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Dave Williams

Happy New Year from me too. Lots of birds in your list I would have loved to have had in mine!

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PeterHG

What a beautiful final bird of 2019! It's been quite a few years since I saw a Waxwing. Best wishes for 2020 and I hope to see many more from you this year!

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Peter Connan

Happy new year and a great way to end the year!

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Zim Girl

Lovely bird to end your BY with.  Happy New Year!

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lmSA84

Happy New Year and congrats on your 2019

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