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November at Moro Marsh

Posted Monday 28th November 2011 at 18:21 by Sunbird24
Where's that? I hear you say, well, it's local name is "Marjal dels Moro" in Valenciano and it lies on the Mediterranean coast between Sagunt and Pucol, a few miles north of Valencia. How big, well, we walked round about two thirds of it and that was just over 7 miles. There are numerous lagoons there but the dry summer had dried out most last time we went about 3 weeks ago although one large one was host to 8 juvenile Flamingoes, Mallard, Teal, Black-winged Stilts, Lapwings, Coots, Moorhens,...
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Seville Trip Report

Posted Saturday 12th November 2011 at 00:06 by Alexjh1
Updated Saturday 12th November 2011 at 00:08 by Alexjh1
To begin I give my massive thanks to all the people who gave me advice on this forum for this trip - it really helped with what we finally did!

To make this more readable, birds are in bold, lifers in capitals.

Day 1: Seville
We caught the flight early, and by the time we arrived at our hotel, it was late morning, and so we decided to explore the city. I had seen a few birds distantly from the taxi over, but nothing really identifiable down to species level....
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Digiscoping a Grebe

Posted Friday 11th November 2011 at 05:14 by lmans66
Updated Friday 11th November 2011 at 05:18 by lmans66
Well today a goal was to digiscope a Western Grebe and to do so in the right sunlight...

I feel I was successful..see image...

One thing I learned was how to get a fairly clear shot of a Grebe. We all know that the angle of sunlight hitting upon the Grebe is important and especially so with this bird since it has that 'red eye''...I wanted that to show and show clear.

So the first thing I figured out was that the Grebe had to be swimming in one direction...okay,...
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Another Digiscoping Day in November

Posted Tuesday 8th November 2011 at 22:47 by lmans66
Another sunny day...can't help but go digiscoping.... In my part of the country I always label this as a nuclear dead zone in terms of birds and migration etc... A terrible part of Washington State. But I do have one small water area to take shots of...a local river that has long ago been diverted by the Corps of Engineers into a spillway. At least it is overgrown in and around so various species of waterfoul are present although not overly diverse...the usual herons, mallards, today was a hooded...
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Digiscoping on a Sunny Day

Posted Thursday 3rd November 2011 at 16:33 by lmans66
Well it is sunny in the Northwestern region of United States which at this time of the year doesn't happen much. So I took advantage of the sun and went out and digiscoped.

Rule number one...make sure you have a full battery. When I reached my destination, the battery light immediately went on but I managed to snap a 150 shots or so before running dry and not having a backup. So the rule is in there someplace to learn!

Kingfishers is what I was after...as I am constantly...
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