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Recent content by Corax67

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    First Visit to the Isle of Wight

    I was lucky enough to spend most of last week on the lovely Isle of Wight for the first time. I had contacted the county recorder for some recommendations and these were spot on (thanks Robin) and the Derek Hales website is really useful too http://iowbirds.awardspace.com/IOW.htm The birding...
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    Do birders like to be asked questions in hides?

    Ask as many questions as you can - it is the only way you will ever learn, and don't worry what people think if you have an ID book on display. I have received many looks of derision from birders in hides when they see me with my battered Collins guide next to me but I don't care because I carry...
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    Holster type case for 7D + 400/5.6

    I am not entirely sure about the size of the canon 400/5.6 but I do have a Lowepro Top Loader 75 AW ...
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    What was the first bird you ringed?

    UK Racing rings normally have the prefix NPA, NEHU, NWHU, SU, WHU or GB, to identify which federation the owner was a member of (there are others but none feature a single R) so probably not but a picture of the leg & ring if possible may help to identify the bird or determine the rings origin...
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    New Leica binoculars?

    Sometime around September 2008 if memory serves me correctly. Karl
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    Bag for Canon 50D and 100-400m

    I use this Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 for my Canon 20D with 70-200 f2.8 and it fits with room to spare so your rig should be fine too. http://www.lowepro.com/toploaderpro http://www.digitalrev.com/en/lowepro-toploader-pro-75aw-7438.html It is a superb case that has given me many years of...
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    What's the longest time you havn't been birding?

    Months at a time I am sorry to say, 8 months looks the longest from my bird logs - during the last 3 years I have birded less than half a dozen times but double that over the last 2 months - hurrah ! Karl
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    Extracting - help!

    . Rather than a quick-unpick you may find it better to invest in a couple of 1mm crochet hooks which will be perfect for what you need and have no sharp edges to risk injuring the birds...
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    Gitzo over-priced rubbish

    Hi Alastair - I have had a look at the reference number for your tripod and it is listed as one of the new series 2 Gitzo models. The blurb says it has a "Power Disc" for safer head lock and this appears to emulate the Manfrotto system of having screws to tighten against the bottom of any head...
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    How strong is a Camera tripod mount

    That was so cool - I personally think he was mad to try it but cool nonetheless
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    Extracting - help!

    Hi, Extraction from mist nets is indeed one aspect of ringing that can understandably be very daunting for the trainee ringer as there is always a fear that incorrect technique could cause injury or fatality. For me, I was taught to release the legs first and wherever possible it was the first...
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    Benbo trekker - which head

    For macro work I always used a Manfrotto 322RC Heavy-Duty Ball Grip head - to be fair I also use this head for a lot of scope work too and it is amazing. My setup was a Canon 20D, battery grip, Sigma 105mm f2.8 macro, Canon MR-14 ringflash, cable release and there was never a moments...
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    How to clear memory from computer

    Hi David, Depending on the capacity of the hard-drive than you may find the easiest way to transfer the data across is to pick up an external USB hard-drive caddy, which will allow you to remove the drive from your desktop and simply plug it into the new laptop. These can be picked up for...
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    Spotting scope

    Josh - you may wish to consider a non-waterproof scope, which will be cheaper, and add a waterproof stay-on cover to remain within your budget. As for tripods another bargain looks to be the Dolica at just $35...
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    Spotting scope

    Hello and welcome to Birdforum. You may wish to consider the Bushnell Spacemaster which is well within your budget and has received a lot of really good reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Degree-Collapsible-Spotting-Scope/dp/B0001GMIRG/ref=sr_1_3?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1313172831&sr=1-3 I...