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Recent content by Nick French

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    Ecuador early 2015

    Saw Torrent Duck at Guango Lodge east of Quito near Baeza in 2013
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    Tena vs Coca

    If you are going to Pululahua Lodge - Renato is a good guide for anywhere around Quito, speaks English very well and will drive you to all the locations in the area. He has taken me out for two short trips and both have been excellent and certainly can give good advice on where to go. In the...
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    Birding opportunities during tour in August?

    I have done some day and half trips from Quito using Renato as a bird guide. He is not too expensive and I got to see plenty of birds. He will pick you up in Quito and take you to excellent sites nearby. f I return I will certainly be using him again. He can be contacted through the...
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    Weekend in Quito

    Thanks for the advice guys - I have picked Renato as he was available and a fraction of the price of Tropical Birding. Will report how I get on when I get back. Looking forward to it. Cheers Nick
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    Waxwings: ASDA vrs Sainsburys

    Following on from the well established thread on Scillies vrs Shetland I thought we should take it a step further and state which major UK retailer has the best car park to observe Waxwings. The attached graph shows the number of waxwings recorded over the last weekend (10 -11 Nov) "by" major...
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    Weekend in Quito

    Thanks Henry - that is helpful. Nick
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    Weekend in Quito

    Has anyone a recommendation of a good bird guide in the Quito area that could take me out for 2 days birding while there on a business trip? Any suggestions welcome Nick
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    Directions to birding sites

    You may also find the Birdlife Cyprus website helpful - it has a booklet on birding sites that you can download: http://www.birdlifecyprus.org/images/Pdf_files/wheretowatchbirds.pdf Nick
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    Cyprus in June

    Really pleased that you had a good week :t: Nick
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    Cyprus in June

    The complete list of birds seen between 20 June - 4 July were: Cormorant - 1 near Lara 25/6/12 Black Francolin - 1 -2 heard most days near Latchi; 2 seen, 1 heard Argaka 23/6/12; 2ad + 1juv Polis Reedbed 26/6/12 Chukar - 2ad + 3y Argaka 23/6/2; 1 heard Smiyies Trail 24/6/12 Long-legged Buzzard...
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    Cyprus in June

    Hi Matthew Just returned from Latchi and there were Black Francolins in the area - but hard to see although plenty calling. I saw them near the Poils Reedbeds and also at Argaka. They were all seen in uncut wheat fields and they were harvesting while we were there so it may be more difficult...
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    Cyprus in June

    Let me know how you get on - I will be there after you, staying near Polis just up the road. :t:
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    Nightjars and Nightingales near Thetford

    Thanks for your input. The good news I guess is it is forecast to warm up over the next few days. Any further info would be very much appreciated. Cheers Nick
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    Nightjars and Nightingales near Thetford

    Coming over to East Anglia this weekend and will be staying near Thtford on Saturday night. Is there a reliable site nearby for Nightjars and/or Nightingales nearby? I know any clearing can have Nightjars, but in the past we have struggled to pick the correct clearing! Cheers Nick
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    Cyprus in June

    Thanks Mick & Nick I am in the processing of booking a holiday near Paphos and will post how I get on. Cheers Nick