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Recent content by claretjohn

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    Scottish coast trip

    Thanks all for the links and references. I'm really looking forward to the trip, as we love the Scottish West Coast. Thanks John
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    Scottish coast trip

    Will be doing a trip around the Scottish coast in a campervan in September (hopefully!!). Starting at Arran, up the West coast, along the north and returning down the East Coast as far as Inverness with a detour to Braemar in the Cairngorms. Can anyone suggest any good birding locations en...
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    RFI south west Scotland - Newton Stewart area

    Hi Jo, my non-birding wife and I will also be in Dumfries & Galloway soon (also from Norwich) and I would welcome any recommendations that you have for good birding sites. Does the visitor centre still have the booklet referred to by Sandra ? Thanks John
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    Carretera Austral

    Thanks Niels
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    Carretera Austral

    Have booked a self-drive trip along the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to Guadal in November 2019. Although landscape photography will probably be prominent, can anyone advise as to any good birding locations en-route or within short detours from the main highway. Also, what basic...
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    Costa Rica Unidentified

    Thanks guys, I just couldn't be sure from my Garrigues & Dean despite going through it several times. Unfortunately the back views of 2 and 3 do not help. Cheers John
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    Costa Rica Unidentified

    Can anyone help me identify the attached 3 birds taken Feb/Mar 2017 in Costa Rica. Unknown 1. Osa peninsular area, about 6 inch in height. Unknown 2 & 3. Pacific coastal. 4-6 inch height.
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    First trip CR March 2018

    We used Geodyssey for our trip in Feb2017 and found them to be excellent. They were using a company named Costa Rica Trails for the local arrangements who were equally helpful. We did however have an issue with car hire company (Sixt) having arranged a manual and were given an automatic which we...
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    Red Kites

    Eventually got to see the Red Kites on a sunny day.
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    If you've not seen your Kingfisher yet I can recommend Lackford Lakes (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) not far from Bury St Edmunds. John
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    Costa Rica, places to visit and guides

    Hi Carol, My wife and I spent 2 weeks in CR in Feb2017 and had a fabulous time. We self-drove which was really easy (apart from San Jose) so have no knowledge of alternatives however I'm sure that this information can be sought from reputable travel companies. We used Geodyssey (UK based and...
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    First safari trip to Africa - which country?

    Just to allay your concern regarding armed guards..... all of the safaris we have taken from the "comfort" of the landrover have had no armed guard. If however you decide to do a guided walk in the bush where elephants, lions etc are possible hiding behind the next tree then an armed guard is...
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    First safari trip to Africa - which country?

    Botswana is good for animal sightings but can be very expensive. Self-drive around Namibia is great fun but sightings are less unless you stay in the reserves. The South Luangwa area of Zambia is my choice as it has a healthy population of Lions, Wild Dogs and Leopard as well as Elephants...
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    Red Kites

    I am visiting the Elan Valley in a few weeks and intend to go to see the Red Kite feeding frenzy. Any camera settings / photography tips would be very welcome. (7D Mkll + 100-400).
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    Agalychnis callidryas and few qustions

    Hi, I saw the Red Eyed Tree Frog in the grounds of Danta Corcovado Lodge on a night walk with their resident guide. Is 3 night enough ? It probably is if you're staying in one location. Personally I would have liked to explore more of the Osa peninsular......depends on what else you want to...