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Recent content by opisska

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    Tenerife advice

    Of course when on Tenerife, you are only a few hours from Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch, but I can see how it's not really easy to put into a trip itinerary :)
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    Tenerife advice

    Ah snap! Ganet or gennet, you know the drill :)
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    Tenerife advice

    So just to check, do you have African Blue Tit and Berthelot's (definitely not Blyth's) Pipit? These I think are on Lanzarote, but if you missed them, these are easy on Tenerife. Also, Canary Chiffchaff isn't on Lanzarote, so you probably miss that? That shouldn't be an issue on Tenerife either.
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    Spotting scopes for use with 1.25" eyepieces?

    Coming back to conclude that this was a fantastic idea. Getting the Meopta has completely transformed my birding. I used to bring out the scope only when there was no other way and even that was sometimes hesitant. Now I started just looking through it for the joy of it. It's for two reasons -...
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    Guinness Records of Birdwatching

    How many Nubian Nightjars breed in WP?
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    Would you report a MEGA in your own garden?

    Yes. Even to people who don't even care about birds. Through channels that would actively try to stop me. I would hack into national TV broadcast if I knew how.
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    Brittany (Brest) mid-October

    I just can't understand why they have to "close" the campsite, it's literally a field of grass, what would it cost them to keep it available? Such a shame, because this season clearly shows how great Ouessant can be in October ...
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    Tenerife sites info requested

    Yeah during our trip we managed to get the land birds quickly so we have spent several mornings/evenings looking for the Barolos from the coast around the reported sites, no luck - that was in June.
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    Tenerife sites info requested

    We were there two years ago, Las Lajas (the picnic/camping area) was really full of Blue Chaffinches. For Bolle's the best place was this clearing near Erjos - 28°19'45.8"N 16°48'36.8"W · Los Silos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain - where you can watch an open area where they pass or sometimes...
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    Self-drive 4x4 in Kenya

    As always, I like to add my own experience after the trip. This time it's gonna be faster than expected - I basically found two relevant car hire companies with somewhat nice reviews - carhirekenya and roadtrip kenya. The former is cheaper upfront, but you pay per extra kms and when I planned an...
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    Hummingbirds, Costa Rica

    Two individuals, Puerto Jimenez, Osa. File names not necessarily indicative of what it is :)
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    Self-drive 4x4 in Kenya

    Last time I tried to appeal to common sense i Africa, the fine was 50 dollars :)
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    What countries or regions are good for solo birding?

    In China there is no "driving would be bad" - you simply can't drive in China without a Chinese license. So that spares you this problem :) However we have an entire active topic on the forum about where some people argue from experience that independent birding is indeed possible. I actually...
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    What countries or regions are good for solo birding?

    I have been researching Kenya for a few days now and just decided to buy the tickets. The country is expensive as hell but really looks surprisingly open to independent travel - you need a car to be independent in national parks - and a 4x4 for a lot of places (as they reportedly won't even let...