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Tanzania Trip -- Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11
Cleared Customs and setting a free foot in the UK

Day 05. Wednesday, July 11. London.

Sunrise over the cloudy North Atlantic. After crossing 6 time zones, we arrived at London Heathrow Airport before noon, only a few hours late -- but what did we care, we had to wait three days to catch our next flight. We got a room at the Ibis Hotel and prepared to be stranded.

We relaxed a bit in the room after the extra long flight, then took a walk up the street to a county park. I counted 10 species of birds, only one of which I knew: Eurasian Magpie. I took photos and made notes, and I will work on identifying the other nine species later.

Link to trip map.

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The hotel is across the street from the airport runway, so I was able to get photos of airline brands that I've never seen before. We had dinner in the hotel pub, complete with a pint of beer for me. They wanted $20 for fish and chips, so I opted for a ham sandwich.

Birds: Great-spotted Woodpecker (World-Life Bird 809), Carrion Crow (W-LB 810), Blackbird (a thrush) (W-LB 811), Common Wood Pigeon (W-LB 812), European Goldfinch (W-LB 813), Eurasian Magpie (W-LB 814), Eurasian Jay (W-LB 815), Eurasian Collared Dove, Moorhen, European Starling, Rock Pigeon, and House Sparrow. Six life birds today.

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Flying into the sunrise over the North Atlantic
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A wee bit of green Ireland
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English countryside
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Downtown London
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Arrival gates at London Heathrow Airport
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Our flight with control tower in background
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Cathy in our tight hotel room
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Cathy at the county park
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Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)
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Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
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Carrion Crows (Corvus corone)
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Great-spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
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Common Blackbird (Turdus merula), a species of thrush
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Royal Jordanian Airlines
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Alitalia Airlines
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Germanwings Airlines

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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