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Recent content by THE_FERN

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    Sharp-tailed or Pec Sand? NZ

    Hmm not sure we can rule out sharpie. Dark cf chestnut cap favours pectoral. However, legs not bright yellow, bill base dull, and no clear pectoral band. But the photo's not great... ...Sorry: my advice is have another crack at it...
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    Interesting. I've not followed taxonomy. When I saw it I thought it looked like a scops, but some ebird photos do look bay owl-ish. Do you know?
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    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    Yes, but neither does paper. Modern sealed phones are probably more water resistant. The risk is why I take 2 different models. Through painful experience, I've learnt to save things to SD card and not rely on internal storage.
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    A typo for scops owl, of course. I looked up the origins of "serendib"; and "Ceylon " and discovered they're derived from the same original word/term. Also off-topic: I've always wondered why "it's all about lions" in Sri Lanka. Makes me suspect they once occurred there but I've never seen any...
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    Distinguishing blackbird vs mistle thrush song

    I wonder if "distant" is as good or even a better description. Of course singing mistle thrushes often are because of their choice of singing post but even so has an air of something a bit detached, and "way off" for me.
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    Diver ID

    That was my thought too. In the end, bill shape (backed up by location) dispelled any thought of common loon [Edit: we'd expect a distinct gonydeal angle for Great Northern]
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    Living at old age

    Apart from Paraguay, I'd argue that all the places I mentioned in #30 fit the criteria... ...It's true that FARC were in control in Santa Marta around 10 years ago, but all the American investment is testament to the stability and tranquility of the area now. I never felt at risk in any of these...
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    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    For me at least, the biggest advantage of electronic is I can carry several references. In South America I usually find one guide isn't enough and that others add extra information. For example, most of the illustrations in Birds of Peru are excellent but there's one or two which actively...
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    Suggest Jerdon's. Ebird is good for this: golden-fronted has orange/yellow flash on forehead for male; female Jerdon's has yellowish head
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    Sri Lanka 2018

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    Intro and question about best field guide for Australia.

    Many years ago I spent 6 months in Oz. I found the Slater guide excellent. I also had an old edition of Pizzey. Taxonomy has changed quite a bit since then with lots of new species being recognised [=old ones being split up], but judging by the screenshots I've just seen of Pizzey 9th ed, the...
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    External hard drive recommendation

    The convenient way of doing this is some form of network attached storage. If you have a NAS box with RAID, you can set things up so that you can swap in new disks as old ones fail secure in the knowledge that your information is being mirrored to the functioning ones. The simplest but most...
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    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    Mea culpa. Food better in Ecuador, people in Colombia...
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    Bird ID Confirmation - Sri Lanka

    Sandplovers are difficult at the best of times---and yours is covered in mud. I would have said lesser based (mainly) on overall proportions, leg length
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    Bird ID - Sri Lanka

    Yep ashy-crowned common there as Andrew said. Nice pics!