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Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Yesterday, 14:54
Replies: 266
Views: 65,040
Posted By John Cantelo
It'll be good to see Faansie Peacock's consummate...

It'll be good to see Faansie Peacock's consummate artwork reaching a wider audience. It makes me hope that he might just be persuaded to revisit his superbly illustrated, uniquely well-designed and...
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Yesterday, 11:33
Replies: 16
Views: 383
Posted By John Cantelo
Spot on.

Spot on.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Wednesday 21st August 2019, 12:14
Replies: 55
Views: 2,906
Posted By John Cantelo
Thank you for managing to post the photos as my...

Thank you for managing to post the photos as my last post requested. I'm happy to agree that they show Honey Buzzards.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 20th August 2019, 12:03
Replies: 55
Views: 2,906
Posted By John Cantelo
It's a sad state of affairs when the debate over...

It's a sad state of affairs when the debate over the identification of a bird reaches such a low ebb that people are threatened. Sadder still when the whole matter could (& should) be resolved by...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 16:15
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm in the area next month - is it still around?

I'm in the area next month - is it still around?
Forum: News From Birding & Nature Organisations Friday 16th August 2019, 06:03
Replies: 36
Views: 10,036
Posted By John Cantelo
I've never been able to understand the mentality...

I've never been able to understand the mentality of people who think it's OK to release cats to wander into their neighbours' gardens whether or not they may like it. To me, it seems inconsiderate...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th August 2019, 13:25
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By John Cantelo
Identifying Thekla's/Crested is never easy and...

Identifying Thekla's/Crested is never easy and some birds can be better left unidentified. To my eye, the bill, which I always find the most reliable feature, looks better for Thekla particularly in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 6th August 2019, 17:36
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By John Cantelo
A Hobby - I've lightened the image so you can see...

A Hobby - I've lightened the image so you can see its plumage (esp. moustache) more clearly.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 6th August 2019, 11:27
Replies: 55
Views: 2,906
Posted By John Cantelo
Whilst I can readily understand your annoyance...

Whilst I can readily understand your annoyance that others are doubting your report, given the history of misidentifications of HB (even by those representing themselves as experts) and the species'...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 29th July 2019, 18:19
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By John Cantelo
This begs the question why, unlike almost all...

This begs the question why, unlike almost all sparrows, male and female Tree Sparrow aren't distinctly different ....
Forum: Others Friday 26th July 2019, 16:29
Replies: 38
Views: 2,887
Posted By John Cantelo
The configurations that interest me are the...

The configurations that interest me are the 10x42s and, perhaps more so, the 10x50s. If the latter remain pleasant ergonomically then would they be a good alternative to 'higher quality' optics but...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Friday 26th July 2019, 05:15
Replies: 55
Views: 2,906
Posted By John Cantelo
Hope to see you there! With regard to HB...

Hope to see you there! With regard to HB identification, I can think of few species where a little experience makes so much difference.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 18:09
Replies: 14
Views: 467
Posted By John Cantelo
Steve & Jon got there before me but my instant...

Steve & Jon got there before me but my instant reaction was also Night Heron - it certainly isn't a bird of prey.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 07:42
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By John Cantelo
Pallid Harrier breeds in Spain

After a mixed Montagu'sxPallid pairing some years ago, a pair of Pallid Harriers have bred in northern Span this year. Remarkably one of the birds had rings which identified it as young from the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 07:36
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By John Cantelo
The bill shape fairly screams "Crested!"

The bill shape fairly screams "Crested!"
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 19th July 2019, 18:22
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By John Cantelo
It's often tricky to judge wing formulae on a...

It's often tricky to judge wing formulae on a flying bird from a single photo but in this case, it looks spot-on for a Common Kestrel. The tail shape, however, isn't a consistent guide (particularly...
Forum: Vortex Monday 15th July 2019, 06:55
Replies: 11
Views: 1,049
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm not entirely sure that 8x42s weighing in at...

I'm not entirely sure that 8x42s weighing in at 32 oz can reasonably be described as 'lightweight' as some rival instruments are 20-25% lighter. Interestingly this video -...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 20:38
Replies: 760
Views: 116,971
Posted By John Cantelo
A two-seater Spitfire is a familiar site to...

A two-seater Spitfire is a familiar site to birders at Bockhill (east of Dover) as flying over the white cliffs there is a regular jaunt for those with a few thousand quid to spare.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 16:31
Replies: 760
Views: 116,971
Posted By John Cantelo
.. a similarly welcome sight for SOE agents in WW2

.. a similarly welcome sight for SOE agents in WW2
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 16:27
Replies: 760
Views: 116,971
Posted By John Cantelo
This must have been a very welcome sight for many...

This must have been a very welcome sight for many downed Allied airmen in WW2 - a Consolidated Catalina. Photographed at Duxford yesterday. A good aircraft tick!
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 12th July 2019, 10:12
Replies: 266
Views: 65,040
Posted By John Cantelo
My copy of the 4th edition of 'Where to Watch...

My copy of the 4th edition of 'Where to Watch Birds in Southern & Western Spain' arrived last week. As to be expected, it's a case of evolution rather than revolution, The high standard has been...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 7th July 2019, 20:29
Replies: 24
Views: 888
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm always loathe to firmly identify any bird...

I'm always loathe to firmly identify any bird from a photo of such poor quality but, for reasons that others have pointed out, I can't see this as anything other than a Booted Eagle. I don't know who...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 5th July 2019, 16:42
Replies: 14
Views: 347
Posted By John Cantelo
Yes, it's an early draft of something I put...

Yes, it's an early draft of something I put together years ago but it was specifically aimed at the situation in Iberia. It should be used to ID Thekla's in North Africa with great caution (or not at...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 1st July 2019, 20:04
Replies: 266
Views: 65,040
Posted By John Cantelo
It looks like an excellent photo-guide for the...

It looks like an excellent photo-guide for the beginner. As for myself, I was hoping that they might do a version to cover Europe even at the cost of omitting some extreme extra-limital rarities. As...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 29th June 2019, 09:32
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By John Cantelo
Agreed - a juvenile Crested Lark. Note the bill...

Agreed - a juvenile Crested Lark. Note the bill shape (esp. the flat or marginally down-curved lower mandible & its length)
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