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SEO/Birdlife XX Congress on Ornithology - Tremp Catalonia, December 4 - 8, 2010

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« on: November 09, 2010, 09:26 AM »
The SEO/Birdlife XX Congress on Ornithology is taking place in my home town!

The full inscription ranges from €80 to €180 depending on being an SEO member and registering before November 15th. But there are plenty of opportunities for attending open events (free) and the various field trips for a small (€3) surcharge (some have extra charges for the transport costs, entrance fees, etc. - an important novelty for this year is that these are not dependant upon one's accompanying a paid up delegate.

I won't be a delegate but I will be going along on some of the open events and I'd be only too happy to translate the guides' commentaries during the trips. Or simply have a cup of tea!

Accommodation isn't included in the conference fees and there is a note that delegates have to arrange tier own digs. There is a rather less than helpful link to a local travel agent (which is still 'under construction' after at least two years to my own knowledge!) and to the Ajuntament's* rather limited list of hotels and hostals in the town. It's out of season for Casa Rafela, my holiday cottage nearby, so I can't help there - but I'm more than happy to recommend some local Cases Rurals, or farmhouse accommodation, although I wouldn't be able to get involved in booking there on people's behalf.

Hope this is useful for all you twitchers out there!

Regs

Simon

* Tremp's Ajuntament, the town hall, has gained quite a reputation for organising events, winning several local prizes. I know the person responsible for this and she has even written a book on the subject! So this bodes well for the gig!

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 07:02 AM »
Can't make it myself but thoroughly recommend going to the SEO conference for anyone that can. Last year's in Santander was very informative and enjoyable.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 12:11 PM »
Hi Lisa,

Sorry to hear that you can't make it. I'll be going along on a couple of the 'fringe' activities, specifically:

domingo, 5 de diciembre de 2010: 8:00-9:00 Salida ornitológica matinal al Areny de la Noguera Pallaresa, Tremp.
Lugar: Salida desde el Parc del Pinell. Viaje en coches particulares. Actividad gratuita, no necesita inscripción previa.

domingo, 5 de diciembre de 2010: 19:00-20:00 Presentación del libro Aves en el Museo del Prado.
Lugar: Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Tremp. Actividad gratuita, no necesita inscripción previa.

Actividades paralelas del martes, 7 de diciembre de 2010: 8:00-9:00 Salida ornitológica matinal a Gurp, Tremp.
Lugar: Salida desde el Parc del Pinell. Viaje en coches particulares. Actividad gratuita, no necesita inscripción previa.

If any of us are here maybe we could meet for a coffee before or afrer these dates.

Cheers

Simon

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010, 07:45 AM »
Well, it's that immutible rule again - the weather for the SEO conference was b***** awful, we spent the early part of the weekend not being able to see the cottage a hundred metres across the olive groves from of our house, so I guess the various organised field trips were pretty much of a write off!

But there was a very brief respite on Sunday, when we were rewarded with is evil looking critter appearing to take up residence on our neighbour's roof - we tend to take Griffon vultures rather for granted as we see literally hundreds of them most days circling over the village. But this close-up view was a timely reminder of just how big they are - amazing birds!

Regs

Simon
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Offline glennie

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010, 21:16 PM »
Isn't that one of those plastic 'fits on your chimney' vultures they sell in Leroy Merlin:biggrin:





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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2010, 15:39 PM »
Our neighbours caught us out with an owl on their ariel.

Rosie

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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2010, 17:38 PM »
You're right Glenn - my secret is out at last - I am the fabled Inflatible Parrot Fiend of old London Town - after all, I married a girl called Polly!

I've been trying to go straight, 'onest guv'nor, but the old ways keep dragging me back. When I saw all 'em bootiful plastic vultures in LeRoy temtation came my way and I returned to my wicked ways . . .  :dancing:

Regs

Simon

PS we seem to have a genuine eagle owl as a winter neighbour - I hear its famous 'boop-boop' in the wee-wee* hours almost every night!

* and I use this term advisedly!