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I admit that when I was getting up at 5 am in August in Swinoujście to go to the seaside with the camera I was quite skeptical about what I could photograph. The holiday season in a place like that means people on the beach practically around the clock. But without trying I will have no pictures for sure. When coming to the beach I could confess my fears proved correct, even so early you could count a dozen people. A novelty for me was that when I slowly approached closer to the plants thrown out of sea during the night I could see a cluster of tiny birds feed on the leftovers. It was surprising that they accept people walking by the sea (within few meters). Annoying thing, however, was that If I had not been there other people, particularly some older women would pass without noticing feeding birds. But if they are interesting for someone to photograph them, then they are worth taking a look at, very carefully indeed. Women passed treating me as if I were invisible and came up closer and closer, so that scared off everything that could pick up the flight. Despite my respect for the elderly, I cannot understand why they behaved like that and I do not know if it was an ordinary carelessness or malice. Anyway it wasn’t nice of them. Fortunately, the birds returned, but because of the growing number of people on the beach there were fewer and fewer birds. After 9 o’clock it was hardly anything to photograph. But never mind, the outdoors session was successful. Birds let me approach close enough to take some good photos that I could publish in the gallery. The lighting conditions at the rising sun were perfect. I was fully satisfied because of the fact that I was able to photograph the new species -dunlin, red knot, turnstone and ringed plover. Not only the new species but also of a satisfactory quantity and quality. Too bad that the ringed plovers soon abandoned this place because of the walkers. It is a long time I have not not managed to take pictures of the representative of the genre, and they aren’t satisfactory either in quality or shots. This comment will be common for photos added to the gallery in August, during that session. There are several reasons. The most important fact is that the whole session lasted several hours when birds were continuously disturbed, and as a result I was waiting and waiting for them returning. In such conditions, it is difficult to tell stories about the natural behavior of the species. Just like with the sounds of birds. Although the microphone was turned on all the time but after listening you could only wring your hands, or better ears. There was recorded everything, apart from the sounds of birds. The sounds of the port, the ships, walkers’ conversations, dog barking ... It is a pity, even far from perfection sound but recorded on my own is better to listen in correlation with pictures of the species than downloaded from another source of sounds. Short description, sound, photos, it's almost a movie, complete report of communing with nature. My diary. But it is not a market. What and how we can capture is always a lottery. This time the effect of several hours’ activity, without camouflaging, couching was stunning. Welcome to my galleries: Dunlin, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone and Common Ringed Plover. At the end of my comments I have included data describing the bird of each species to have an idea of its size. As for a turnstone I know that I was able to photograph the bird that in Poland can be seen only in passing. Northern parts of Europe and Asia are its breeding grounds. Wintering in North Africa and the western coast of Europe. Turnstones weigh 100-180 grams, with a wingspan of about 50 cm.
Last minute news 08/2015
During the expedition to the Atlantic Ocean to see the procellariiformes I had an opportunity to photograph the ruddy turnstone. The birds were feeding quietly on a small beach by the hotel I stayed in and I could take interesting pictures at sunrise. They were still in breeding colours, so the photos I took introduced diversity to the existing gallery, which was reconstructed.
Last minute news 06/2016 - Mongolia
Last minute news-03/2019 – Cuba

Mongolia - wykaz j.ANGIELSKI

Mongolia - introductory text - Pallas's sandgrouse
Birds-new galleries:
1. Pallas's Sandgrouse (T,V),2.Himalayan Vulture (T)3.Pallas's Sea-Eagle.(T)4.Demoiselle Crane(T).5.Upland Buzzard (T). 6.White-winged Scoter (T).7.Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (T).8.Saker falcon.9.Golden Eagle.10.Azure Tit (T,V).11.Horned Lark  (T,V).12.Red-billed Chough (T,V).13.Mongolian Lark (T).14.Mongolian Herring Gull (T,G).15.Bar-headed Goose (T, V).16.Amur Falcon (T,V).17.Rock Sparrow (T,V).18.Pine Bunting (T,V).19.Desert Wheatear (T,V).20. Merlin (T).21.Isabelline Shrike (T).22.White-crowned Penduline-Tit (T,V). 23.Oriental plover (T). 24.Citrine wagtail (T). 25.Greater Sand Plover (T).26.Red-crested pochard (T).27.Daurian redstart (T).28.Eastern marsh harrier (T).29.Swan Goose (T).30.Dusky Warbler.31.Taiga Flycatcher.32.Pacific Swift.33.Thick-billed warbler. 34.Asian brown flycatcher.35.Daurian jackdaw.36. Richard's Pipit.
Mamals-new galleries:
1. Przewalski's Horse (T). 2.Long-tailed ground squirrel (T,V). 3.Mongolian gazelle (T).4. Corsac fox (T).5.Bactrian camel (T).6.Yak (T).7.Bobak Marmot (T).8.Mongolian Pika.
Reptile-new galleries:
1. Variegated toadhead agama. 2. Steppes Ratsnakes (T).
Changes in birds galleries:
1.Cinereous Vulture (T) 2.Black Kite (T,V).3.Buff-browed Warbler(T,G).4.Olive-backed Pipit (T,V).5.Litle Stint (T).6.Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler (T).7.Eurasian Hobby(T).8.Siberian Rubythroat (T,V).9.Carrion Crow (T,V).10.Pallas's Leaf Warbler (T).11.Black-winged Stilt. 12.Ruddy Shelduck (T).13.Kentish Plover (T).14.Grey Heron (T).15.Eurasian Hoopoe(T).16.Griffon vulture (T).17.Arctic Warbler.18.Common swift.19.Common Shelduck.20.Whooper swan.21.Bearded vulture(T).22.Lesser Short-toed Lark.23.Steppe eagle.24. Horned grebe.25.White-winged Tern.26.Pied avocet.27.Isabelline wheatear. 28.Ruddy turnstone.29.Cormorant.30.Northern Wheatear.31.Common goldeneye.32.Common redshank.33.Garganey
Go to the gallery: MONGOLIA - F A U N A

KUBA język ANGIELSKI

Cuba 03/19”- introductory text-Bee Hummingbird
New bird galleries:

1.Bee Hummingbird(T,V). 2.American Flamingo(V). 3.Cuban Pygmy-Owl(T,V). 4.Blue-headed Quail-Dove. 5.Cuban Trogon(T,V). 6.Great Lizard-Cuckoo. 7.Cuban Tody(T,V). 8.Zapata Sparrow(V). 9.Cuban Parrot. 10.Red-legged Thrush(V). 11.Bare-legged Owl. 12.Cuban Parakeet(V). 13.Reddish Egret. 14.Cuban Oriole(V). 15.Zapata Wren(T,V). 16.Fernandina's Flicker(V). 17.Laughing Gull. 18.Cuban Green Woodpecker. 19.Cuban Emerald(T,V). 20.Cuban Nightjar(T). 21.Key West Quail-Dove. 22.Blue-winged Teal. 23.West Indian Woodpecker. 24.Common Ground Dove. 25.American Kestrel(V). 26. Palm Warbler. 27.Prairie Warbler. 28.Northern Parula. 29.Black-throated Blue Warbler.30.American Redstart. 31.Ovenbird(V). 32.Cape May Warbler. 33.Greater Antillean Grackle(T,V). 34.Killdeer. 35.Cuban Crow(V). 36.Tawny-shouldered Blackbird(V). 37.White-eyed Vireo. 38.Cuban Pewee. 39.Oriente Warbler. 40.Yellow-headed Warbler. 41.Gray-fronted Quail Dove(V). 42.Shiny Cowbird. 43.Cuban Vireo. 44.Palm Crow(V). 45.Black-whiskered Vireo(V). 46.Loggerhead Kingbird. 47.Ring-necked Duck. 48. West Indian Whistling-Duck. 49.Limpkin. 50.American White Pelican. 51.Royal Tern. 52.Common Yellowthroat. 53.Greater Yellowlegs. 54.Lesser Yellowlegs. 55.Cuban Bullfinch. 56.Gray Catbird. 57.Northern Mockingbird. 58.Cuban Black-Hawk(V). 59.Grey Kingbird. 60.Belted Kingfisher. 61.La Sagra's Flycatcher.62.Gundlach's Hawk. 63.Black-and-white Warbler. 64.Anhinga.65.Short-billed Dowitcher.
New reptile galleries:
1.Knight anole.2.Brown anole. 3.Green anole.
Changes in bird galleries:
1. Pied-billed Grebe(T). 2.Turkey Vulture(T). 3.Ruddy Ground Dove. 4.Yellow-faced Grassquit. 5.Smooth-billed Ani. 6.Ruddy Turnstone. 7. Eastern Meadowlark. 8. Tricolored Heron. 9. Green Heron. 10. Osprey(T). 11.Purple Gallinule. 12.Black-necked Stilt(V). 13.White-winged Doves(V). 14.Mourning Dove. 15.Northern Waterthrush. 16.White Ibis. 17.Northern Shoveler.18.Sanderling. 19.Willet.20.Grey plover.

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