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Recent content by john-henry

  1. J

    windows 10

    Good advice Dave and Mono, I'll take it and hang on a while. Many thanks.
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    windows 10

    Just had Microsoft updates for Windows 7 and its' left an offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10, anyone heard anything about it, think it's worth upgrading, or stay with the devil you know?
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    Vilafafila - Great Bustard

    Hi Yves, Very pleased to hear you had a great time, how about doing a short trip report for Villafafilla fans. regards John
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    Vilafafila - Great Bustard

    Hi Yves, I've always been there in the first week of May, mainly because it's in the north of Spain and the weather is more unsettled than further south so I would say go in May. Good luck John
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    Azure-winged Magpies becoming tamer

    Hi Simon, I noticed how tame they were when I first went to the Algarve about 12-13 years ago, staying at the Oasis Village Vilamoura. Obviously people there have been feeding them before this and they have become so used to being fed they come looking for it each morning, some being bold enough...
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    Flying to Faro to visit Coto Donana

    Thanks for clearing that up Simon, only I remember a while ago they were planning for a toll station at the border, obviously they didn't do it. Coming back from Spain providing you exit at the Castro Marim/Beja junction you miss the toll checkpoint, that starts just after you join the A22...
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    Flying to Faro to visit Coto Donana

    How can you do that Andrew, you can only cross into Spain on the toll road, isn't there a toll checkpoint at the border?
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    Flying to Faro to visit Coto Donana

    I've done this several times but recently most car hire companies charge 30euros to travel into Spain, the best one I've found is 'Travelrent', booked through 'Economycarhire', they only charge 10euros. The toll road is the only practical route into Spain so you will have to use it and probably...
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    Downloadable raw software

    You could give 'Faststone Image Viewer' a try, it's free, supports Raw files and easy to get your head around. It's quite simple to use and will convert raw files to Tiff (or Jpeg) then has some further editing tools to use on your Jpgs or you can send them to another editor to finish them off.
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    Roller and Golden Oriole

    Many thanks Simon, there's obviously a lot of birds in the Algarve the casual visitor doesn't get to see through lack of time, effort, and visiting the same well known places instead of trying new areas.
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    Roller and Golden Oriole

    Simon, did your area include the Odeleite - Alcoutim road, I've seen some good looking eucalyptus (or similar looking) stands along here.
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    Free Birdwatching Guide to the Algarve PDF

    Hi Mick, You've forgotten the link.
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    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 6) Wed. 19th Nov. Rain overnight. Cloudy and windy most of the day with some light rain. It looked a bit lighter to the east so set off for Tavira, mist and fog on the inland side of the A22 near Faro didn't bode well and Tavira was also overcast but not as...
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    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 5) Sun. 16th Nov. A pre-breakfast visit to Falesia Lagoon gave an Osprey fishing briefly before flying back to the coast, 2 Little Bitterns calling, Purple Gallinules, Water Rail, Black-headed Weaver, Penduline Tit, Sardinian, Fan-tailed and Cetti's...
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    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 4) Thurs. 13th Nov. This is what makes the Oasis so good, sitting on the balcony having breakfast and watching Azure-winged Magpies, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Chiffchaffs, Robin and a couple of Crag Martins, beats a luxury room anytime. Off...
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