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Old Feb 18, 2011, 3:41 PM   #1
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Just starting to get into birding (is it another form of LBA ?) and also wanted to give my Tamron BB 500 mirror a work-out. These are all taken in the housing compound where our home is located in Shanghai.

I know some of these are not that good but I'd love to know what type of birds they are since they don't seem familiar to me (from Europe) except the (European) Blackbirds & Sparrows !

ALL OF THESE SHOTS BELOW WERE TAKEN WITH THE TAMRON BB 500mm.

1. Start off with this chaffinch sized bird with a breast like a thrush :



2. Then there are these gregarious (and noisy - but can sing a ver sweet song too !) Starling sized birds :



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5. A 100% crop of #3 above :



6. A Great Tit sized bird singing a very sweet song from the very top of a 30m high tree !



7. A wren sized bird :



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10. Anyone recognise this gloriously scented flowering tree ( pairs of wrens seem to like this type of tree) ?



11. Some sort of collared pigeon



12. I am very impressed with this cheap mirror - this taken from 200 metres (yards) away !

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13. And a 100% crop from #12 above :



14. Some sort of Pied Wagtail :



15. .... and finally a Blackbird enjoying a bath :

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I can't help much with identification, but you have some great shots.

No.11 is a Spotted Turtle Dove.

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Yes, Kevin, its a lot like LBA or shooting macro's. You can really get caught up in it! And its a lot of fun too.
I can't really help with identifying them but, I'm sure there are a couple of others that will be able to help. If Penolta sees this post I'd be willing to bet he could name them for you.
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If Penolta sees this post I'd be willing to bet he could name them for you.
A poor bet, GW, as I don't know Asiatic birds, so I will disappoint you - I can only guess that the first bird may be a tree-pipit. The second is a probably a Chinese Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis on page 48 of a Google image search of bulbuls!). The dove we call a Lace-neck Dove (introduced in the US). The smallest bird may be an Old World Warbler of some sort (big family, unrelated to American Warblers). The Wagtail, titmouse, and Blackbird (a thrush, not related to North American Blackbirds) are as close as I could have come. Some of our Aussie correspondents may recognize some of these, being closer to the source.
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Thank you Rodney !

I think you may be right John - I really enjoyed shooting these birds (they were all right on my doorstep, literally a 100 yds from my home, and I'd never even noticed most of them before) !

Penolta - that was a superb educated guess considering Asiatic birds are not your specialty ! Thank you. Below are what the guys over on Birdforum.net came up with.

For those that are interested it seems that the birds are (with caveats) :-

1. Olive Backed Pipit

2,3,4,5. Light-vented Chinese BulBul.

6. Your funny-looking Great Tit is mostly regarded as a different species these days, since Great Tit has been split into three. I think the birds in your area are called Japanese (or Eastern Great) Tit, but you might not be far north of them being Cinereous Tits, or even Intergrades. Cinereous Tit lacks any greenish on the mantle, but you can't see that part of the bird in this pic!

7,8,9. I think is Yellow-Browed Warbler (or Pallas' Warbler). The photos don't show the key features I need to be sure.

10. Chimonanthus praecox, sometimes commonly called Wintersweet.

11. Spotted Dove (or is it Penolta's Lace Neck Dove) ?

12,13. Light-vented BulBul

14. White (or Amur) Wagtail. Not sure which race without a field guide.

15. Blackbird.
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Penolta - that was a superb educated guess considering Asiatic birds are not your specialty ! Thank you!
You are welcome. It was an education for me, too!

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11. Spotted Dove (or is it Penolta's Lace Neck Dove) ?
Two names for the same bird.
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A poor bet, GW, as I don't know Asiatic birds, so I will disappoint you -
Naw, you're still my hero.
Your guesses are better than mine anytime.
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