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Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Sunday 5th July 2020, 16:29
Replies: 225
Views: 18,755
Posted By Alexjh1
There's a difference between someone being in...

There's a difference between someone being in history and them being honoured. No one I know is reasoning that we try erase people from history, but a statue or an eponym is a an honouring.

To...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Sunday 5th July 2020, 15:08
Replies: 225
Views: 18,755
Posted By Alexjh1
That's fair, but we are trying to be thorough...

That's fair, but we are trying to be thorough here, there are literally hundreds of these people and many of them require trawling through obscure texts to get an idea of what they were doing behind...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 4th July 2020, 07:32
Replies: 225
Views: 18,755
Posted By Alexjh1
I'm helping with a small part of the back...

I'm helping with a small part of the back research to this proposal, making a catalogue of who exactly the people are that have birds named after them - it's a big task and we're only beginning to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 14th October 2019, 09:55
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By Alexjh1
Seabirds, Trevose Head - Cornwall - July 2019

Back in July I was in Cornwall and was did quite a few mornings on Trevose Head trying to seawatch for skuas and rarer shearwaters. The winds were fairly decent, and on some days I had some fairly...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 13th October 2019, 07:44
Replies: 3
Views: 470
Posted By Alexjh1
Thanks! Much appreciated - had fingers crossed...

Thanks! Much appreciated - had fingers crossed but my no-skua curse is finally broken!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 12th October 2019, 15:20
Replies: 3
Views: 470
Posted By Alexjh1
Seabird at Herne Bay, Kent

On Monday I was walking from Birchington-on-Sea to Herne Bay and trying to pick up anything interesting out at sea, and this bird was a bit puzzling. I'd mostly seen the regular gull species and a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 4th August 2019, 08:34
Replies: 1
Views: 171
Posted By Alexjh1
Warbler and Small Wader, Cornwall

This is really just a case of double checking my work - saw these two at different points of the end of last week around Trevose Head in Cornwall. I'm pretty sure they are both familiar species to me...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 9th July 2019, 10:00
Replies: 2
Views: 383
Posted By Alexjh1
Welbeck Raptor Viewpoint - Second Visit

Decided to give Welbeck another go for raptors, and while again nothing came close enough to ID beyond Red Kite or Common Buzzard, a few very distant but potentially interesting raptors did...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 10:48
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Alexjh1
Thanks for all the help; looking back through...

Thanks for all the help; looking back through some of the other photos I'd missed a front on one which looks to have wingbars that suggest marsh harrier might be a solid suggestion, but agreed, not...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 1st July 2019, 21:25
Replies: 9
Views: 611
Posted By Alexjh1
Welbeck Raptor Viewpoint, Possible Honey Buzzard and Goshawk?

Finally got round to heading to Welbeck Raptor Viewpoint today and after watching lots of common buzzards for the majority of the trip, had two very interesting birds turn up in the last hour before...
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Thursday 16th May 2019, 23:54
Replies: 13
Views: 1,799
Posted By Alexjh1
You never know, maybe it is very well trained,...

You never know, maybe it is very well trained, just specifically for catching Goths and/or ninjas?
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 12th May 2019, 14:39
Replies: 20
Views: 1,134
Posted By Alexjh1
The understanding I got from the version of this...

The understanding I got from the version of this I read was that the same species colonised the island twice, and both times evolved a very similar subspecies - the interesting bit being this...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 10th May 2019, 19:56
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By Alexjh1
Yep, both Spotted Redshank - and coming into...

Yep, both Spotted Redshank - and coming into handsome breeding pluamge too - congrats!
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Friday 10th May 2019, 19:55
Replies: 13
Views: 1,799
Posted By Alexjh1
I think the factor you have to remember though is...

I think the factor you have to remember though is that birds' eyes see in different wavelengths to us, and so what we percieve as inconspicuous looking might not actually be so to them, particularly...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 10th May 2019, 12:32
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By Alexjh1
Thanks! It was a bit of a longshot. Just a tad...

Thanks! It was a bit of a longshot.

Just a tad vexing to have potentially seen a lifer (given range and vast quantities of pond herons seen) and having zero ability to actually confirm haha.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 9th May 2019, 10:42
Replies: 8
Views: 379
Posted By Alexjh1
I was getting a slight Ruff vibe also.

I was getting a slight Ruff vibe also.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 8th May 2019, 12:03
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By Alexjh1
Pond Heron, Cambodia

Another Pond Heron sp. from Prek Toal February, and I appreciate the answer may well again be "you can't really tell".

Looking through at this one though, it seems to have extensive pale buff...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 6th May 2019, 09:04
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By Alexjh1
Mike: Entirely valid stance, and honestly it...

Mike:
Entirely valid stance, and honestly it only occured for me to bring this up because the chances of me seeing the loris actually in the wild at any point are very slender and I was pondering it...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 5th May 2019, 20:59
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By Alexjh1
Philosophical Question: Rescued Animals and Listing

So I don't really think there is a right answer to this, so this is just seeing what other people make of this particular conundrum and where exactly the lines lie:

(Note, this is not about a bird...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 26th April 2019, 11:02
Replies: 14
Views: 895
Posted By Alexjh1
Out of interest, I'm reading that Hauxley reserve...

Out of interest, I'm reading that Hauxley reserve can be a decent place to see the terns a bit closer? Is this a reliable thing, or a bit luck of the draw?

Looking at the logistics of this so far,...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 11:08
Replies: 14
Views: 895
Posted By Alexjh1
Thanks for all the help! Looks like all but...

Thanks for all the help! Looks like all but twite are coceivably doable then?

Any thoughts on when would be the best bet to try going? Presumably it's getting optimal time for Roseate/HB/Wood...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 19th April 2019, 14:51
Replies: 14
Views: 895
Posted By Alexjh1
North England Birds, Late Spring/Early Summer

Over the last few weeks I've been pondering doing a long weekend trip a little later in the year to try and clear up a bunch of the remaining species I need in the UK, probably by bike and rail to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th April 2019, 17:23
Replies: 14
Views: 704
Posted By Alexjh1
I think House Sparrow has ended up...

I think House Sparrow has ended up disproportionatly low on my list because a lot of birding I've done has been East Asia where tree sparrow replaces it as default urban sparrow or in Italy. But...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th April 2019, 09:05
Replies: 14
Views: 704
Posted By Alexjh1
Your Most Cosmopolitan Species?

Just a random little thought I was having the other day; what species have people seen in the most countries?

Since I've been birding as an adult, I've visited 7 countries for long enough to do...
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Tuesday 9th April 2019, 08:52
Replies: 48
Views: 5,572
Posted By Alexjh1
That was my thinking, besides, very different...

That was my thinking, besides, very different nesting habitats. I'm not really surprised if it's not something that has been considered, as introducing specifically into a city would be a very...
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