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Recent content by Timbirder3

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    Is this just a Common Hawker?

    It appears to have a yellow costa (the leading vein of the wing) which I think is diagnostic of Common Hawker. Whixall Moss is a bog so the habitat is right too. Tim
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    The Wildfowl of Britain and Europe by M. A. Ogilvie (OUP 1983)

    I'm pretty sure there was a Birds of Prey one, but I don't think there were any others Tim
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    Book recommendation needed: best additional book to Collins bird guide for more in-depth information

    How about this: https://www.nhbs.com/publisher/aula?q=&dFR[publisher.name][0]=Aula%20Verlag&fR[doc_s][0]=false&fR[hide][0]=false&fR[live][0]=true&qtview=20565 This appears to be a condensed, updated version of the massive 23 volume Hanbuch Der Vogel Mittleuropas, which is still available...
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    Mammals of Madagascar, Lynx

    Be interesting to see how it compares with Nick Garbutt's Mammals of Madagascar: A complete guide, which is excellent, though probably a bit out of date. Tim
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    6 Species / SW Spain

    Here is a link to The Butterflies of the Iberian Peninsular (free download) which should prove useful: http://www.european-butterflies.org.uk/downloads/Butterflies%20of%20the%20Iberian%20Peninsula.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1HEwKc2c4pyryJe0ZaRJOYhrRSjkD3dkNwFsMxFVdmbSj8TcYtJlxw0zQ
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    Book for European insects?

    Thanks Paul for reminding me of this. I knew there was a photographic guide that was highly recommended, but don't have it myself. In the field in Europe I use the Mitchell Beazley pocket guide. It's out of print and probably very dated but has the advantage of genuinely fitting in a pocket. The...
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    Book for European insects?

    I'd second Andy's suggestion of Pemberley Books, and they are an excellent company to deal with.
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    Book for European insects?

    As Ficedula suggested may be better to start with those groups like Butterflies and Dragonflies that have excellent European field-guides that cover Eastern Europe, including Poland. Plus they have the advantage of being a reasonable size and easy to see. Tolman and Lewington: Collins Butterfly...
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    Paul, Your second paragraph is correct. The camera only reads what is going on internally. The TC is a bolted on extra with no electronics so the camera software doesn't read it. It's the same if you add a macro-lens. All the TC setting does is change where the zoom range starts, so you don't...
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    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    Actually Andy the European/American Ridgley books were in two parts: A Field Guide, and Status and Distribution guide, but the field guide was still a monster of a book. (And most people didn't buy the other volume) In Ecuador the Field Guide part was split into a plates volume and text volume...
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    What's the best field guide for Ecuador?

    I don't understand why Helm didn't do the same as the Ecuadorian publishers for the Ridgley & Greenfield Guide: Sell the field guide as a unit but with the plates and text bound separately. This can't cost a lot extra to do and makes the guide far more useful, as the bulky text can be left in...
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    Microscope advice

    I'm not Steve but this is the link: https://www.apexmicroscopes.co.uk/apexexaminer.html I bought one for my grandson and was so impressed I bought another for myself. Not sure how much it would cost to send to Portugal though. Tim
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    Butterfly species Noar Hill, Hampshire, UK

    It's a female Common Blue. Brown Argus doesn't have a blue body. Tim
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    Rodent ID please

    They look like young Brown Rats to me, just like my cat brings in. Tim
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    RFI Arnside Knott and Gait Barrows

    If you get the chance it is worth visiting Smardale Gill. Scotch Argus is thriving there. When I went a couple of years ago I saw 200+ Scotch Argus at Smardale but only half a dozen at Arnside Knot. This was the second week in August. There might be the odd really worn HB Frit but I'm not sure...