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Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 16th March 2010, 12:08
Replies: 60
Views: 65,152
Posted By mrpjdavis
Although I've looked at the moon through all...

Although I've looked at the moon through all kinds of scopes including 12"+ scopes, the first view of it with this combination nearly knocked my sox off. It's a huge, very bright, and amazingly...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Friday 12th March 2010, 09:25
Replies: 13
Views: 3,433
Posted By mrpjdavis
Normally I would agree wholeheartedly, but New...

Normally I would agree wholeheartedly, but New Fancy View was set up specifically for Goshawk watching by the RSPB and Forestry Commission. It is very widely publicised. A brilliant site it is...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 12th March 2010, 09:15
Replies: 6
Views: 1,812
Posted By mrpjdavis
Smile I appreciate that - I was just trying to give...

I appreciate that - I was just trying to give some references and a bit more information, since nobody seemed to be saying "Ah, I see what you mean"
Pete
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 11th March 2010, 16:26
Replies: 6
Views: 1,812
Posted By mrpjdavis
If you look up genomic imprinting in Wikipedia...

If you look up genomic imprinting in Wikipedia you will find an explanation which probably fits the observations. Unfortunately it is pretty technical. In a nutshell it seems that, in humans at...
Forum: Equipment Insurance Wednesday 30th December 2009, 15:22
Replies: 5
Views: 14,918
Posted By mrpjdavis
Contents insurance - nasty surprise!

Forgive me if this has been raised before, but it is still worth raising again. I have not bothered in the past with baggage cover on my holiday insurance because I thought I had adequate cover...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 17th November 2009, 22:58
Replies: 4
Views: 832
Posted By mrpjdavis
I think you meant to say "can't". However, they...

I think you meant to say "can't". However, they may have been produced by tunneling from within the dune and the rabbits stopped when they hit fresh air. Alternatively they may be old burrows which...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 13th September 2009, 16:59
Replies: 248
Views: 46,510
Posted By mrpjdavis
On the face of it, I would agree that the title...

On the face of it, I would agree that the title is a bit daft, except that there is a British bias, in that it gives the status of birds in Britain with each entry - very useful to a newish birder.
Forum: Bats Thursday 27th August 2009, 18:46
Replies: 14
Views: 4,653
Posted By mrpjdavis
Bats in captivity have been trained to catch...

Bats in captivity have been trained to catch maggots shot up vertically from a spring loaded tube. The tube always fires the maggot to the same height so you can prefocus. Might be worth a try - if...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 6th August 2009, 13:36
Replies: 11
Views: 2,320
Posted By mrpjdavis
Oh, happy days! Just paid 1.50 in our charity...

Oh, happy days! Just paid 1.50 in our charity shop for the MacMillan guide!
Forum: Birds Of Prey Thursday 30th July 2009, 18:37
Replies: 12
Views: 2,068
Posted By mrpjdavis
I would expect a juvenile to have the richer...

I would expect a juvenile to have the richer colour plumage because the feathers are all fresh. An adult female would have paler, washed-out plumage because she would be in mid moult (starts in June...
Forum: Leica Thursday 21st May 2009, 20:35
Replies: 2
Views: 1,830
Posted By mrpjdavis
Drill it out and get it tapped to take a larger...

Drill it out and get it tapped to take a larger threaded bolt. The bolt head may need to be ground down and then have a screwdriver slot cut into it. Any machine shop should be able to this.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Monday 18th May 2009, 18:37
Replies: 14
Views: 2,035
Posted By mrpjdavis
In my experience the hobbies are a bit...

In my experience the hobbies are a bit unpredictable at the Water Park (mainly on passage). When there is a damselfly hatch there can be twenty or so. Shapwick Heath in Somerset has them reliably...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Monday 18th May 2009, 18:22
Replies: 11
Views: 2,828
Posted By mrpjdavis
Almost certainly does. One or two pairs seen at...

Almost certainly does. One or two pairs seen at Slimbridge throughout the summer.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Monday 18th May 2009, 18:20
Replies: 11
Views: 2,828
Posted By mrpjdavis
It is indeed - and a cracking site. A few years...

It is indeed - and a cracking site. A few years ago I had a "Mediterranean moment" there. Little egrets, hobbies, great white egret, purple heron, osprey, cetti's warbler, all to a deafening chorus...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Wednesday 13th May 2009, 18:48
Replies: 9
Views: 2,980
Posted By mrpjdavis
If you don't mind the bulk and weight, then a...

If you don't mind the bulk and weight, then a secondhand Leica apo 77 is the best bang per buck by far.
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Tuesday 12th May 2009, 11:09
Replies: 0
Views: 1,318
Posted By mrpjdavis
Sights for angled scopes

I've tried the cable tie sight but found it a bit unreliable, so I use the two sights shown in the photos. The basic aluminium sight is attached using small circular neodymium magnets taped in...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Sunday 26th April 2009, 20:55
Replies: 33
Views: 9,243
Posted By mrpjdavis
I recall a photographer's tale:- a female was...

I recall a photographer's tale:- a female was seen to bring in a male sparrowhawk and feed it to her young. Her mate was never sen to visit the nest again.
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 26th April 2009, 19:41
Replies: 23
Views: 5,352
Posted By mrpjdavis
I should think that the military would be very...

I should think that the military would be very interested in this piece of kit.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd March 2009, 17:24
Replies: 7
Views: 1,147
Posted By mrpjdavis
I'm not nitpicking - just trying to be helpful...

I'm not nitpicking - just trying to be helpful ... That's not really what you're looking for. The mantle of a LBBG is much darker than that of a HG. They also have yellow legs, not pink. A very...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd March 2009, 17:13
Replies: 0
Views: 676
Posted By mrpjdavis
Dominican Republic Mynahs?

I did not see these birds myself, but was shown pictures on a mobile phone. They were tame birds in the grounds of a hotel. Seemed to be about the size of a grackle - all black apart from white on...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd March 2009, 17:04
Replies: 0
Views: 477
Posted By mrpjdavis
Dominican Republic - calling Bittern sp.?

Last week whilst on holiday we heard a bird (?) calling from reeds on the edge of a mangrove swamp, most often at night. Best described as a weak mooing call, usually repeated three or four times,...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 29th December 2008, 21:28
Replies: 10
Views: 2,671
Posted By mrpjdavis
If you also want a superb ID book which is not a...

If you also want a superb ID book which is not a field guide, get Beaman and Madge "The Handbook of Bird Identification".

Pete
Forum: Bird Behaviour Monday 29th December 2008, 19:57
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By mrpjdavis
We recently had a talk on "Urban Peregrines" and...

We recently had a talk on "Urban Peregrines" and it seems that many of these birds which are present from September to May are birds from the far north of Europe which go back there to breed.

Pete
Forum: Bird Behaviour Monday 29th December 2008, 19:53
Replies: 17
Views: 1,555
Posted By mrpjdavis
Caching food is common behaviour for...

Caching food is common behaviour for peregrines.

Pete
Forum: Birds Of Prey Sunday 27th July 2008, 09:37
Replies: 15
Views: 2,307
Posted By mrpjdavis
I've seen a male sparrowhawk carrying a male...

I've seen a male sparrowhawk carrying a male blackbird and it was struggling to stay up. Also a juvenile male sparrowhawk was unable to get more than three feet from the ground with a dead...
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