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xelas
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An extraordinary guest is visiting Slovenia, and we have had to see it! 

 

It is the 1st ever reported sighting of this bird in Slovenia, and only the 5th in the Western Palearctic area. This bird came from Far East, where it nests in northeast of China and in Japan, wintering in Southeast Asia.

Why it came all the way to Slovenia?! My theory (completely unproven) is that it must be from Japan, and wanted to see the country where so many (per capita) olympic medalists are living :P.

 

BY 119 / SI 119

Grey-headed Lapwing - Vanellus cinereus

 

Lurking from the hide

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Oh, there are twitchers!

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Take many photos!

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Off I go, nuf for today.

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Škocjanski zatok, 8-Aug-2021

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BY 019 / SI 019 Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos   female   male Ljubljansko Barje, 2-Mar-2021

Male Chaffinch is among bigger garden birds, and while it used to be accompanied by the lady, this time of the year it comes a a single. It feeds from the ground, have not seen it on the feeder.

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Soukous

Nice one. 

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PeterHG

What a great bird to see in Slovenia and beautifully captured by Zvezda! I have no doubt your theory about its appearance is correct, so I do look forward to seeing it here shortly ;)

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Peter Connan

Beautiful Alex and Zvezda!

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Galana

Well you have been quiet for a while but what a bird to end your dry run with.

Well done.

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Zim Girl

Great sighting and lovely pictures!

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Dave Williams

Beautifully marked bird, well captured!

Now you are on the UK's  "green list" I shall think about getting on a plane and coming to take a look!!:rolleyes:

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xelas
19 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Now you are on the UK's  "green list" I shall think about getting on a plane and coming to take a look!!:rolleyes:

It is just a short flight to Slovenia! But act quickly as the situation is worsening :(.

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Soukous
11 minutes ago, xelas said:

But act quickly as the situation is worsening 

 

again??

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Posted (edited)
10 hours ago, Soukous said:

 

again??

 

Unfortunately yes, again. Our vaccination rate is at 40%, (2 shots, whole population) and is almost at standstill. With 1st shot 45% so very much along my spring prediction that we will be at 50% ... end of the year.

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Galana
2 minutes ago, xelas said:

40%, (2 shots, whole population) and is almost at standstill.

Off topic I know but is this failure due to supply problems, poor organisation or public resistance?

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Just now, Galana said:

Off topic I know but is this failure due to supply problems, poor organisation or public resistance?

 

Mostly public resistance which was caused by supply problems (AZ) and poor organisation. We were united in spring of 2020, have dropped the ball in autumn of 2020 and are now harshly divided between pro and anti.

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PeterHG
On 8/11/2021 at 9:00 PM, xelas said:

are now harshly divided between pro and anti.

That doesn't sound very promising, Alex. Sad to hear that.

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Peter Connan

Sad to hear indeed. A very good friend's sister (a medical professional and wife of a pharmacist) recently passed away. So unnecessary.

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Kalaharikind

To the three amazing Slovenians:  well done on your 50, 100 and 100+ birds! May the sun always be where you want it to be!

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Kitsafari

beautiful shots of the grey-headed lapwing in lovely plumage. also uncommonly seen in Singapore as well but not in that pretty plumage as yours is. 

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Dave Williams

Slovenia is on our "green list" Alex. Bit late now though.

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elefromoz

what a gorgeous Lapwing, worth a trip out for sure. Watching Europes Covid management closely, we're still at the "arguing about everything" stage. 

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xelas

The summer is over and we are back to (slow) birding. On our way to Prekmurje we have stopped at Rački ribniki looking for migrant water birds. And we were not disappointed.

 

BY 120 / SI 120

Red-crested Pochard - Netta rufina

 

A female accompanied by its cousin

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Rački ribniki, 26-Sep-2021

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BY 121 / SI 121

Eurasian Wigeon - Mareca penelope

 

Females

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Rački ribniki, 26-Sep-2021

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BY 122 / SI 122

Northern Shoveler - Spatula clypeata

 

female

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non-breeding male

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Rački ribniki, 26-Sep-2021

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BY 123 / SI 123

 

Eurasian Teal - Anas crecca

 

female

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Rački ribniki, 26-Sep-2021

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BY 124 / SI 124

Gadwall - Mareca strepera

 

 

male (w. female)

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Rački ribniki, 26-Sep-2021

 

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PeterHG

Good to see you adding some good birds again!

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Soukous

welcome back :D

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