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Forum: Say Hello Yesterday, 20:02
Replies: 7
Views: 86
Posted By DMW
Hi Lucia, welcome to BirdForum. Your English is...

Hi Lucia, welcome to BirdForum. Your English is excellent!
Nice photo of Black-faced Spoonbill.
Forum: Australia Yesterday, 09:32
Replies: 5
Views: 106
Posted By DMW
If it's a corella that is native to Victoria, and...

If it's a corella that is native to Victoria, and the same species as the wild birds that visit, then I would release it. Maybe put food out to attract wild ones and take the cage out into your...
Forum: Borneo (All Regions) Thursday 16th January 2020, 18:34
Replies: 14
Views: 240
Posted By DMW
Quite honestly, I would dump Bali and do both...

Quite honestly, I would dump Bali and do both Borneo and Sulawesi. Just a personal opinion, but I think Bali is massively over-rated and probably my least favourite part of Indonesia. Also the birds...
Forum: Borneo (All Regions) Tuesday 14th January 2020, 22:26
Replies: 14
Views: 240
Posted By DMW
When you say Borneo, do you mean the Indonesian...

When you say Borneo, do you mean the Indonesian portion (Kalimantan) or Malaysian bits (Sabah/Sarawak)? This makes a very big difference as Kalimantan is not an easy destination, and I would say...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 13th January 2020, 09:46
Replies: 21
Views: 647
Posted By DMW
There are two issues at play. The first is simple...

There are two issues at play. The first is simple identification error, which is very frequent. The second is the use of hotspots, which are the easy option when inputting records. This is usually...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 12th January 2020, 16:12
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By DMW
Never heard this. The Better Beamer is just a...

Never heard this. The Better Beamer is just a fresnel lens on a frame. It serves two purposes with a telephoto lens, to extend the range of the flash, and reduce the possibility of the lens hood...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 12th January 2020, 16:02
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By DMW
Probably not, but Miami would represent a truly...

Probably not, but Miami would represent a truly spectacular range extension for Western Screech.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 12th January 2020, 10:39
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By DMW
Eastern Screech-owl

Eastern Screech-owl
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 10th January 2020, 12:46
Replies: 13
Views: 625
Posted By DMW
You kept that one quiet ;)

You kept that one quiet ;)
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 9th January 2020, 11:23
Replies: 25
Views: 2,060
Posted By DMW
There's an interesting analysis of vocals on the...

There's an interesting analysis of vocals on the Sound Approach website. https://soundapproach.co.uk/species/maghreb-wood-owl/
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Thursday 9th January 2020, 11:14
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By DMW
You don't have to read too many SACC proposals to...

You don't have to read too many SACC proposals to see that taxonomic decisions are made in the most arbitrary way, and that they ultimately boil down to personal subjective opinion and taste rather...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 2nd January 2020, 18:38
Replies: 23
Views: 853
Posted By DMW
Excellent points, Josh. Although it's clearly...

Excellent points, Josh. Although it's clearly highly relevant, my question isn't specifically about the utility of playback, but about (what I perceive as) the rather lopsided use of vocal...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 2nd January 2020, 13:41
Replies: 23
Views: 853
Posted By DMW
With the specific examples I quoted (African...

With the specific examples I quoted (African cuckoo and barbet), the splits probably are justified. Cuckoos in particular seem to have very stable songs, and a significantly different song is likely...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 2nd January 2020, 13:30
Replies: 23
Views: 853
Posted By DMW
All fair points, but I think the use of playback...

All fair points, but I think the use of playback perhaps negates the question of whether we aren't able to discern differences, since it is the birds themselves deciding that a song is sufficiently...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 2nd January 2020, 11:23
Replies: 23
Views: 853
Posted By DMW
Assymmetrical use of vocalisations?

Vocal differences are increasingly relied upon in avian taxonomy, to the point that Birdlife recently split at least two species (an African cuckoo and barbet) pretty much entirely on the basis of...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 24th December 2019, 12:06
Replies: 125
Views: 6,490
Posted By DMW
Oh, I wouldn't go that far! It's been pretty good...

Oh, I wouldn't go that far! It's been pretty good value at times!

Merry Christmas!
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Monday 23rd December 2019, 20:10
Replies: 125
Views: 6,490
Posted By DMW
A little further research suggests that the...

A little further research suggests that the authors of the paper recommending use of the name Chilappan for the Montecincla laughingthrushes may have done so under a misapprehension.

According to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 19th December 2019, 09:06
Replies: 25
Views: 723
Posted By DMW
This has been a very informative thread. Is there...

This has been a very informative thread. Is there any (possibly age-related) overlap in the undertail pattern between the two species? Looking at photos online, the extent of undertail streaking...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 18th December 2019, 23:23
Replies: 25
Views: 723
Posted By DMW
I can't give a definitive answer, but the bill...

I can't give a definitive answer, but the bill looks very robust for (Western) Water Rail, and seems a better match for Brown-cheeked.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 17th December 2019, 08:59
Replies: 47
Views: 1,748
Posted By DMW
It's pretty disgraceful that Grouse-shooting...

It's pretty disgraceful that Grouse-shooting estates receive any form of public subsidy in the first place. They are invariably owned by very wealthy individuals or companies, actively damage the...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 17th December 2019, 08:37
Replies: 125
Views: 6,490
Posted By DMW
Indeed. In fact, "chilappans" certainly occur in...

Indeed. In fact, "chilappans" certainly occur in areas where Tamil is the main local language, and quite possibly in areas where Kannada or less widely spoken languages prevail. And, of course, many...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Monday 16th December 2019, 17:23
Replies: 125
Views: 6,490
Posted By DMW
Likewise, James, I get where you are coming from...

Likewise, James, I get where you are coming from too. I think this is one of those subjects governed narcissism of small differences, and as this thread surely shows, the internet can be an awful...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 16th December 2019, 14:55
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By DMW
I don't think it is possible to hire a car...

I don't think it is possible to hire a car without a driver in Myanmar. You can rent e-bikes very cheaply in Bagan, and motorbikes on Mt Victoria (not so cheaply) and at Kalaw.

Parts of Myanmar are...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Sunday 15th December 2019, 17:05
Replies: 47
Views: 1,748
Posted By DMW
I'm very much not an expert, but I would assume...

I'm very much not an expert, but I would assume that Westminster cannot legislate on any matter in Scotland that is outside the areas where powers are reserved, so long as the Scotland Act remains in...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Sunday 15th December 2019, 16:05
Replies: 47
Views: 1,748
Posted By DMW
Forgive my ignorance, but doesn't Scotland have...

Forgive my ignorance, but doesn't Scotland have the right to pass legislation on any matter that is not reserved under the Scotland Act? This being the case, doesn't the Scottish Parliament have full...
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