Sunday, 12 January 2014

The penultimate WQ trip gets under way!

With little time (and money) left we have just enough of each to complete two more trips, the first of these starts right now as we set off for The Gambia. There are no prizes for guessing what our main target species is. A bit of effort is going to be required to see Egyptian Plover and Bronze-winged Courser is a real long-shot however Temminck's Courser should be a little more straightforward, we hope, especially as it eluded us in southern Africa.
Temminck's Courser Cursorius temmenickii; Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, November 2005.
Photo Elis Simpson
We can count on a couple of lapwings we think, Spur-winged and Black-headed Lapwing and we also expect to have a reasonable chance at Senegal Thick-knee.
Black-headed Lapwing Vanellus tectus; Etiopia
Photo: Tommy Pedersen
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus; Ethiopia
Photo: Tommy Pedersen
We return on the 20th of January and on the 23rd we are off again to India and lastly on to Thailand on the 28th in the hope of finishing the travelling part of our project with the 'spoonies' returning on the 3rd of February. More on that later.

While we are away please remember that time is running out for us to make our target, with a donation from Nick Truby who added extra money on top of the cost of the Wader Quest Collectables which he bought, we now only need £450.93. We are getting tantalisinglty close!

On the subject of Wader Quest Collectables, here are the latest two we have added to our stable, Nick was the first to purchase them. Once again we have gone for one rare, exotic species (from a UK point of view), Hooded Plover and one common species, Sanderling. Hope you like them. If anyone wants one or both for their collection please get in touch via email 07birding@gmail.com, we sell them at £2.00 each plus p+p. (Remember we may not have access to the internet over the next week or so, so please be patient, we will get back to you as soon as we can.)




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