Sunday, April 29, 2018

Another day at Tring

Visited NHM Tring the other day, where I continued work on my joint Nubian Nightjar project. I am collaborating with Prof. Martin Collinson from University of Aberdeen. I met up with Thom, his PhD student, and together we completed sets of biometrics and photos necessary for the project. It was a privilege to process the type (and only?) specimen of the enigmatic 'Socotra Nubian Nightjar' Caprimulgus nubicus jonesi - there are very few published photos of this taxon, dead or alive! See here for some photos, including of the same specimen.

'Socotra Nubian Nightjar' Caprimulgus nubicus jonesi 

After we were done with the nightjars, I had little time for a couple of side mini-projects. One of them is in context with the recent Persian Wheatear in Israel. More on this to come...

Kurdistan Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna

Persian Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia

As always, I am grateful to NHM Tring staff, especially to Hein van Grouw, for the welcoming and supportive atmosphere whenever I visit.

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