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Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 8th April 2020, 03:07
Replies: 429
Views: 84,988
Posted By pbjosh
Excellent news - I knew that it was in progress...

Excellent news - I knew that it was in progress and I had heard that it was "nearing completion" but this will be fantastic. The combination of Howell & Zufelt's photo-ID guide with a completely new,...
Forum: Kowa Tuesday 7th April 2020, 19:15
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By pbjosh
Hi Mike, thanks for the kind words. I did see...

Hi Mike, thanks for the kind words.

I did see some references in other threads to the 45.5 mm rain guard fitting well so I've got one on order now, as well as one of my preferred straps for...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 7th April 2020, 01:45
Replies: 22
Views: 632
Posted By pbjosh
For me the Swarovski EL is by far the clear...

For me the Swarovski EL is by far the clear choice. Essentially it is one of the flat out best binoculars made today for all purpose use. The others are specialist binoculars, without a doubt. If you...
Forum: Swarovski Saturday 4th April 2020, 14:43
Replies: 56
Views: 3,354
Posted By pbjosh
I never use them. I bushwhack a lot - it's not...

I never use them. I bushwhack a lot - it's not that hard to protect the bottom of the bins with your hand when necessary. If blowing sand or a river crossing or truly hellish bushwhacking require...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 4th April 2020, 02:46
Replies: 29
Views: 939
Posted By pbjosh
I would agree with Phil and add two - Kowa...

I would agree with Phil and add two - Kowa Genesis 8x33, Zeiss Conquest HD 8x32, Swarovski CL 8x30, Meopta Meostar/Cabela's Euro HD (same bin different brands) 8x32 and Nikon Monarch HG 8x30. Some...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 3rd April 2020, 22:13
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By pbjosh
I don't have experience with any of those models...

I don't have experience with any of those models unfortunately - even the Vortex Vipers I have seen were older models. Two bins that will almost certainly get mentioned here are the Nikon Monarch M7,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd April 2020, 22:08
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By pbjosh
Agree with Unicolored Blackbird - bill structure...

Agree with Unicolored Blackbird - bill structure and body structure look spot on. Certainly not any Cowbird with that long, dagger like bill. I never noticed the corrugation on the bill of Chopi...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 3rd April 2020, 16:41
Replies: 179
Views: 12,073
Posted By pbjosh
Also agree that B&H seem a bit early, though if...

Also agree that B&H seem a bit early, though if the pricing is accurate it's a nice sign, I was/am afraid they would/will price at US$2500+
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 3rd April 2020, 15:31
Replies: 100
Views: 3,402
Posted By pbjosh
I have to agree that suppression is, on...

I have to agree that suppression is, on principal, always a bad thing. There are very few cases of suppression having been arguably warranted in the past relative to the number of ridiculous...
Forum: Zeiss Friday 3rd April 2020, 14:59
Replies: 179
Views: 12,073
Posted By pbjosh
Indeed - while this particular virus did by all...

Indeed - while this particular virus did by all accounts originate in China, recent use/branding of the term "Chinese Virus" means that using that term makes a political statement that is probably...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd April 2020, 00:12
Replies: 7
Views: 353
Posted By pbjosh
Willet, Greater Yellowlegs looks better to me,...

Willet, Greater Yellowlegs looks better to me, Short-billed Dowitcher (on range more than anything else to be honest), and I'll pass on the peep.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd April 2020, 00:06
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By pbjosh
Saffron Finch

Saffron Finch
Forum: Kowa Thursday 2nd April 2020, 20:37
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By pbjosh
Kowa BDII 6.5x32 XD review

Hello all,

Travel misadventures left me in California to weather the Covid-19 global lock down, as I cannot get back to Argentina for the foreseeable future. Being 10,000km from my partner basically...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 2nd April 2020, 02:33
Replies: 7
Views: 304
Posted By pbjosh
I also like the first three photos for Correndera...

I also like the first three photos for Correndera - pretty heavily marked chests and flanks, quite a lot of black in the centers of the wing coverts, and the prominent pale stripes down otherwise...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 1st April 2020, 23:16
Replies: 69
Views: 22,723
Posted By pbjosh
Hurrah! Lovely news :)

Hurrah! Lovely news :)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 1st April 2020, 01:32
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By pbjosh
Agree it looks like a Swallow... and within that...

Agree it looks like a Swallow... and within that likely group, a White-winged seems a fair fit. Agreed the blue is certainly photo artifact. The black seems to be also but hard to be as confident.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 31st March 2020, 15:23
Replies: 13
Views: 355
Posted By pbjosh
Roadside Hawk Broad-billed or Dusky...

Roadside Hawk
Broad-billed or Dusky Hummingbird
Canyon Towhee

on the Hummingbird hard to be certain with that photo. It has been years since I have seen Dusky, and I don't have my Mexican field...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 31st March 2020, 15:10
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By pbjosh
If it is in the Beagle Channel odds are extremely...

If it is in the Beagle Channel odds are extremely high it is Chilean Skua. The photo doesn't show anything that would make me feel otherwise - even just on the photo I would lean Chilean over Brown.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th March 2020, 21:42
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By pbjosh
Cape Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, and a Skua -...

Cape Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, and a Skua - where exactly was that last picture (of the Skua) taken?

*Edited for a royal brain fart - I looked at it twice to assure myself that that was...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 28th March 2020, 23:17
Replies: 95
Views: 7,505
Posted By pbjosh
Are Europeans not the ones who named the new...

Are Europeans not the ones who named the new worlds birds Warblers, Robins, Orioles, etc in the first place? :king:
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 28th March 2020, 21:26
Replies: 95
Views: 7,505
Posted By pbjosh
Unless there is another species that nests within...

Unless there is another species that nests within the Scrub-Jays that does not currently bear the name Scrub-Jay, they are arguably a taxonomically complete unit.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 28th March 2020, 21:15
Replies: 95
Views: 7,505
Posted By pbjosh
I understand this logic but disagree with the...

I understand this logic but disagree with the need to have 1:1 alignment of genera to English group names. Should Hawfinch be a Grosbeak? Should Brambling be Mountain Chaffinch? Should Dunnock be...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th March 2020, 15:12
Replies: 26
Views: 606
Posted By pbjosh
Perhaps just piling on here but I don't see...

Perhaps just piling on here but I don't see anything to rule out Gibson's. Antipodean would have cap and breast marking as mentioned. Snowy is the only other real possibility. Amsterdam is handily...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 28th March 2020, 12:54
Replies: 95
Views: 7,505
Posted By pbjosh
Agreed on dropping Scrub from Scrub-Jay. They are...

Agreed on dropping Scrub from Scrub-Jay. They are a taxonomic unit, are well known by that name, and it’s a short and easy to remember name. Seems totally unnecessary and counter to the desire for...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 27th March 2020, 15:11
Replies: 95
Views: 7,505
Posted By pbjosh
Finally back to a computer and caught up on sleep...

Finally back to a computer and caught up on sleep from some covid19 related travel adventures.

I should hope that the Paltry/Mistletoe Tyrannulet split goes through. The birds are 100% diagnosable,...
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