A trip to Oulu and Kuusamo, Finland 14-18 May 2017

I booked two one-day birdwatching tours from Finnature (finnature.com). One on May 15th, in Oulu and another in Kuusamo on May 18th, 2017. According to Finnature, expected target species include the following: Target species in Oulu: Great Grey-, Ural-, Hawk-, Short-eared-, Long-eared-, Tengmalm´s– and Pygmy Owls, Pallid Harrier, Western Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Hazel …

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A trip to Kerala, SW India 19-25 May 2016 Part 3

22/05/2016 at Masinagudi, Nilgiris County, Tamil Nadu (26 of which 5 lifers) Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) 6, Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) 1, Crested Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) 1, White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) 1, Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) 1, Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 7, Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 2, Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1, Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 5, …

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A trip to Kerala, SW India 19-25 May 2016 Part 2

20/05/2016 at Munnar, Idukki County (48 of which 31 lifers) Lesser Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna javanica) 50, Cotton Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus) 7, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 2, Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) 3, Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 3, Crested Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) 1, Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis) 1, Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1, White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) 2, Nilgiri …

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A trip to Kerala, SW India 19-25 May 2016 Part 1

The birding trip was all arranged and led by Sajan Raju, who did all the logistics, booked hotels, guides etc. I really recommend him as a tour guide to the southern part of India, he knows where the birds are and has a network of friends and birdguides through the southern part of India. With …

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A trip to Salalah, Oman 10-14/11/2015

I heard the news that the Malachite Kingfisher has arrived in Salalah, so decided to visit Salalah to see the wintering birds. I was hoping to see the Pin-tailed Snipe, Long-toed Stint, Watercock, White-breasted Waterhen, Small Pratincole, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Intermediate Egret, Pheasant-tailed Jacacna and Verreaux’s Eagle. I only got the last four; although all were …

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A trip to the south west of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 1-5 Sep 2015

I was invited by Khalifa Al Dhaheri (from UAE) to join him in his second trip to SW KSA. Khalifa started planing for the trip three months ahead, he collected all necessary information including GPS coordinates. I booked my flight through Flydubai early August to Abha airport through Dubai at a cost of KWD132.00 including …

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Salalah, Oman 4-8th September 2012

Pekka and I went to Salalah, Oman for a four day birding. We met Dr Gary Brown who did bird with us. Below is a list of the birds we have seen: 5/09/2012 East Khawr Little Egret 2, House Crow 4, Grey Heron 1, Little Stint 1, Common Moorhen 6 . 5/09/2012 Ras Janjari Persian …

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A trip to North Eastern Turkey in July 2011

My family and I decided to spend a two week holiday at Uzungöl resort,  Turkey. We arrived late in the evening on 29th June. Uzungöl is a lake at altitude of 1120m above sea level, the coordinates of which are 40 37′ 16.3173″ N, 40 17′ 20.2924″ E, to reach there we had to take a domestic flight …

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