Sykes’s vs. Egyptian Nightjars

"Identical twins are endemically alike in many ways." - Edward Norton It was during my first trip to Oman, in November 2017. We arrived to Muntasar Oasis already in the evening and our main targets there were Grey Hypocolius and sandgrouse (we saw none). However, later at night, we did see a good number of [...]

Dark Blue Almost Black

"I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing blue." - Maria Sharapova We all know light and colour can fool us when it comes to assess certain bird features, but it’s hard to work out to what point. This is an extreme case of what can potentially happen and [...]

Shades of grey

"I believe very strongly that when it comes to desire, when it comes to attraction, that things are never black and white, things are very much shades of grey." - Brian Molko While most were complaining about the bad weather forecasted for the second half of the Easter holidays, birders were looking forward to it. [...]

Crakes on the scope I: Baillon’s Crake

“So, my theory is hot dogs are not actually dogs, despite what they teach you in school.” – Greg. Over the Garden Wall (David Smith, 2014). Regardless of their country of origin, every European birder would agree that crakes are undoubtedly among the most glamorous species of the continent.  All 3 species regularly occurring in [...]