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Forum: Derbyshire Friday 14th February 2014, 23:17
Replies: 5,810
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Posted By tom mckinney
Yep, I had a Shag the day before Valentine's Day....

Yep, I had a Shag the day before Valentine's Day. As always, I'm suffering from premature identification
Forum: Derbyshire Friday 14th February 2014, 17:52
Replies: 5,810
Views: 963,805
Posted By tom mckinney
Sorry this is late, but I was at Carsington...

Sorry this is late, but I was at Carsington yesterday and 90% certain had a Shag. Only had bins and I was looking off Stones Island towards Millfields. It was really difficult to watch on the water...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 1st June 2013, 20:48
Replies: 56
Views: 9,500
Posted By tom mckinney
Good God, that mimicry of the police siren is...

Good God, that mimicry of the police siren is unbelievable. Seriously impressive!
Forum: Derbyshire Saturday 4th May 2013, 18:14
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Posted By tom mckinney
Afternoon at Carsington. 2 Whimbrels off Stones...

Afternoon at Carsington. 2 Whimbrels off Stones Island on the next rocky island (don't know what it's called), they were flying over Stones Island calling for a while then settled at 3.45 and were...
Forum: Derbyshire Saturday 27th April 2013, 18:09
Replies: 5,810
Views: 963,805
Posted By tom mckinney
Hi Dave, glad to hear a few got it. I waited...

Hi Dave, glad to hear a few got it. I waited around for a while but I couldn't find a single birder to tell. Had to leave suddenly when my daughter went into meltdown!
Forum: Derbyshire Saturday 27th April 2013, 17:56
Replies: 5,810
Views: 963,805
Posted By tom mckinney
Wood Warbler at Carsington today on Stones Island...

Wood Warbler at Carsington today on Stones Island in the first little patch of silver birch & scrub on the right. It was singing around 2.30 and showing quite well. Also 2 Little Gulls by the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 18th January 2013, 21:33
Replies: 33
Views: 3,531
Posted By tom mckinney
Based on how so many of us repeatedly cock these...

Based on how so many of us repeatedly cock these two up (and ringers are also getting them wrong), does anyone else worry whether the historic published range and population of Willow Tit and Marsh...
Forum: Panasonic Monday 7th January 2013, 23:29
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Well as I've said before, other than the really...

Well as I've said before, other than the really annoying manual focus (which I've pretty much given up on now), for what I want, this camera is just fantastic. Best 480 quid I ever spent!
Forum: Panasonic Monday 3rd December 2012, 22:23
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
And just so you can see how useful this camera...

And just so you can see how useful this camera would be when a Tufted Puffin comes past you, and you don't want the birding world thinking you're a bigger liar than Jeffrey Archer
Forum: Panasonic Monday 3rd December 2012, 22:20
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
... and more, including a Wigeon update ...

... and more, including a Wigeon update ...
Forum: Panasonic Monday 3rd December 2012, 22:18
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Some more piccies...

Some more piccies...
Forum: Panasonic Tuesday 6th November 2012, 13:25
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Some more pics. I've got no intention whatsoever...

Some more pics.

I've got no intention whatsoever of deploying fieldcraft or using any skill at all to take photos of birds. I just want something that I can achieve an acceptable record shot of...
Forum: Panasonic Thursday 1st November 2012, 22:48
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
I think the verdict is they're pretty much the...

I think the verdict is they're pretty much the same, give or take a few minor changes. If you have the FZ150 you probably wouldn't be wise to upgrade.

I tried to get the FZ150 because it was being...
Forum: Panasonic Sunday 28th October 2012, 20:23
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Thanks Malcolm. Took a while but did it in the...

Thanks Malcolm. Took a while but did it in the end. I think I'll just make sure to record in MP4 from now on!
Forum: Panasonic Saturday 27th October 2012, 08:58
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
I though I'd set it to record in MP4, but it's...

I though I'd set it to record in MP4, but it's not showing up in iMovie. So presumably it's recorded as some stupid .mts file or something.
Forum: Panasonic Thursday 25th October 2012, 10:45
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Probably a really stupid question, but how do I...

Probably a really stupid question, but how do I transfer video into iMovie to edit and upload? I really can't fathom it out.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 8th October 2012, 17:09
Replies: 112
Views: 15,581
Posted By tom mckinney
I think you're all taking this far too...

I think you're all taking this far too seriously.

In my experience, the typical twitcher from England/Wales/Scotland (so nobody gets offended) struggles to sit down on a chair or even eat their...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 8th October 2012, 12:11
Replies: 112
Views: 15,581
Posted By tom mckinney
It's not that it's not interesting or valid, it's...

It's not that it's not interesting or valid, it's just that it's been done to death eight billion times before. At least.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 8th October 2012, 09:57
Replies: 112
Views: 15,581
Posted By tom mckinney
Well if this same old boring argument is going to...

Well if this same old boring argument is going to get all ridiculous, inhabitants of the whole of the island of Ireland are more than entitled to tick birds in Great Britain, seeing as it was the...
Forum: Panasonic Thursday 4th October 2012, 22:04
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
You might be onto something ...

You might be onto something ...
Forum: Panasonic Thursday 4th October 2012, 21:48
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
I still really like the camera, but I'm seriously...

I still really like the camera, but I'm seriously struggling with over-exposing white. Look at the isolated patches of white on this Wigeon taken today.

Any general photography tips to help me?
Forum: Panasonic Tuesday 18th September 2012, 07:58
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Can't say I'm having any problem with the...

Can't say I'm having any problem with the autofocus, however herons, pipits and grouse are not exactly skulking warblers. But these two were taken through a few reeds just in front of me, and...
Forum: Sea Watch Friday 14th September 2012, 11:39
Replies: 676
Views: 138,097
Posted By tom mckinney
Anyone know where the report of 2 Leach's past...

Anyone know where the report of 2 Leach's past Leasowe gunsite over high tide yesterday came from? Because I was at Leasowe gunsite over high tide and there were no other birders there. And I didn't...
Forum: Panasonic Sunday 9th September 2012, 16:59
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Grouse photo was taken an hour before dusk with...

Grouse photo was taken an hour before dusk with zoom up to 24x. The herons and Speckled Wood butterfly were early morning in retina damaging bright light. Still messing about a lot with white...
Forum: Panasonic Wednesday 5th September 2012, 17:56
Replies: 264
Views: 117,289
Posted By tom mckinney
Had a pitiful attempt at flight shots as well....

Had a pitiful attempt at flight shots as well. Sparrowhawk, Swallows and one final Meadow Pipit, just for fun.
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