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    What Bird? Luhačovice (Czech Republic)

    Help! I received this info from an American friend in Europe: "I am in the spa town of Luhačovice (Czech Republic) and I noticed a bird struggling. He must have flown into the window you see him at. "He is quite beautiful and I'm not sure whether he is rare or not but thought you'd be...
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    Kowa 883 - best arca swiss plate?

    There are different grades of Loctite. You want the blue loctite - it secures (almost) permanently, but the seal can be broken using an Allen wrench - with just a bit of force.
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    E-Image GH06 video head with 75mm bowl (= ikan E-Image GH06 Fluid Head ) https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1712707 Price: $395.00 Payment method: PayPal Item condition: 10 Preowned equipment, but appears as new Shipping instructions: Buyer pays shipping Up for sale is my E-Image GH06...
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    well...at 1.5 pounds I use this one all the time for the same purpose(s) as you are interested in. And I am a PhD field researcher with birds - and an educator too: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1158916-REG/acratech_7112_video_ballhead_with_knob.html Buy once and it is done...look for...
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    https://www.acratech.net/video-products/video-head/video-ballhead/ https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1158916-REG/acratech_7112_video_ballhead_with_knob.html
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    Thought this might be of interest to folks reading this thread...info from 15 July 2021: ----------------- Thank you for your interest in our Zino's petrel pelagic expeditions. At https://windbirds.co/d/pelagics2021.pdf you have a pdf document with more details about the trip, payment terms...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    using the center column on any tripod significantly reduces the stability of the set-up - especially if conditions are even slightly "breezy" (the spotting scope will act like a sail in the wind, harvesting that breeze!). Extend the legs instead...and to save weight, get rid of the center...
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    what is the best season? How are the June trips different than the August ones?
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    cape may in late September?

    Hawk Mtn gets very crowded in October though it is the best time to visit to watch the Accipiter flight (10-15 Oct approx). Go during the week...say Mon-Thu. Book your hotel now because there are limited number of places to stay in the Kempton area (check Air BnB's too). I trust you will have a...
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    cape may in late September?

    for raptors...cold fronts in early to mid-October. For warblers...that can be as early as August...Personally I prefer October as a good/great day means many falcons flying low past the observation deck (Peregrines/Merlins)...days with northwest winds usually are best for migrant raptors.
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    Carbon tripod and head for heavy lens.

    For big spotting scopes, as Bill Atwood recommends, get a pan/tilt video head. Why? You need something (a handle!) to pan/turn the scope with...you don't want to use the ocular (eyepiece) of the scope to do that - which you would have to do if you got a ballhead (eg Flexshooter). I like this one...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    The person (aka "slender/petite" woman) should look for a tripod that supports at least 5x the weight of the scope. So if her scope weighs 3 pounds total, get a tripod that supports AT LEAST 15 pounds. Similarly the tripod head must support at least 5x (and preferably a bit more like 7/8x) the...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1707173 a discussion of lightweight travel tripod set ups
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    From my Manhattan Window

    Hi Arthur - this past Sunday (3 July 2021), we had some migrants on the Bob Bird Walk in Central Park: at least two (seen together) Worm-eating Warblers and a Swamp Sparrow. The latter is an early record southbound migration date for the species (SwSp). Worm-eating Warblers are notorious early...
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