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Old 10-26-2013   #1
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Safely back home in Doha from my recent trip to Thailand, but still hanging out to dry (so to speak) my wet cloths that had got soaked in the Thai mountains. I'm still working on my trips diary with lots of photos to edit. Hope to post some soon.

Yesterday I visited Irkayya Farm yesterday morning, here are my morning results. The Grey Hypocolius is a much sort after bird and on the top of most visitors wish list. The species is unusual, in so much that it is only it's own species.
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Only my sixth encounter with this rare and normally secretive species, once again I was unable to get any feather detail, their feathers are so very fine.
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Wonderful set of captures John. I always enjoy seeing the Bee Eater. The Marsh Harrier appears to be smaller than the harriers over here, possibly this was a young one. The last bird is interesting. It looks a little bit like a shrike but if it's eating berries it's not related to a shrike.
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great set john #2 just stands out for me it's on its own league
that's a wall hanger for sure.
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Wonderful set of captures John. I always enjoy seeing the Bee Eater. The Marsh Harrier appears to be smaller than the harriers over here, possibly this was a young one. The last bird is interesting. It looks a little bit like a shrike but if it's eating berries it's not related to a shrike.
Thanks Steve

The female Marsh Harrier is a full mature bird and the largest Harrier we see here weighing in at 48-55 cm length with a wing span of 115 to 130 cm (sorry my American brother I know you have problems with anything other then inches)
We see four other Harrier species here the Pallid, Montagu's and more rare the Hen Harrier they are all smaller, out of interest I will check out later your Harriers, maybe my edit make it look too small

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great set john #2 just stands out for me it's on its own league
that's a wall hanger for sure.
Thanks Josh, the Bee-eaters are one of my favorite birds that we see pass here, always a pleasure to view. Thanks for your kind comments
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Excellent series John. The Grey Hypocolius has the look of a waxwing but the wrong colours. Really like your blue-cheeked bee-eater as I've not yet managed to get a decent shot of one yet. I can't find any reference to a green-cheeked bee-eater.
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Marvellous series John
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Excellent series John. The Grey Hypocolius has the look of a waxwing but the wrong colours. Really like your blue-cheeked bee-eater as I've not yet managed to get a decent shot of one yet. I can't find any reference to a green-cheeked bee-eater.
Thanks Kevin, sorry it was a BC bee eater

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Excellent set John!


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