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Forum: Nikon Monday 17th September 2018, 15:20
Replies: 40
Views: 2,323
Posted By John Cantelo
Sorry to hear your legs aren't up to staggering...

Sorry to hear your legs aren't up to staggering around Stodmarsh. A visit to wader hotspot Oare, nr Faversham (which has good viewing from the road) would be an interesting test of the camera.
Forum: Nikon Monday 17th September 2018, 07:35
Replies: 40
Views: 2,323
Posted By John Cantelo
Walking the circuit around Stodmarsh rather than...

Walking the circuit around Stodmarsh rather than popping down to Sandwich might be a more interesting test first of the bulk/weight of the camera and second of whether you can get good shots of birds...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 7th September 2018, 18:43
Replies: 22
Views: 738
Posted By John Cantelo
It's the only bird I can call to mind with a...

It's the only bird I can call to mind with a common English name commemorating one place (Kent) and the scientific name another (Alexandria). Or does anyone know of another example? It also thereby...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 25th August 2018, 18:15
Replies: 8
Views: 318
Posted By John Cantelo
Another vote for SIE.

Another vote for SIE.
Forum: Mammals Wednesday 15th August 2018, 16:55
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By John Cantelo
Happy to oblige ......

Happy to oblige ... http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/15/pine-marten-spotted-in-northumberland-for-first-time-in-90-years
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 13th August 2018, 21:16
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By John Cantelo
Having looked again I think Simon's right and...

Having looked again I think Simon's right and that the first bird is a White Stork. Like Andy, I was completely thrown by the fact it seems to be swimming around in the middle of a lake! Having a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 13th August 2018, 19:59
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By John Cantelo
My initial thought on the first bird was a...

My initial thought on the first bird was a pelican of some sort but on looking more closely it doesn't seem right. I'll have to give it more thought..... The second bird looks like a young...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 10th August 2018, 21:49
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By John Cantelo
The big question is 'how many of the young will...

The big question is 'how many of the young will themselves survive to breed?'
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 5th August 2018, 01:49
Replies: 13
Views: 283
Posted By John Cantelo
House Sparrows can and do make a home in Stork...

House Sparrows can and do make a home in Stork nests ....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 5th August 2018, 01:48
Replies: 13
Views: 283
Posted By John Cantelo
Yes, that's why I wrote 'most'! In Spain, I...

Yes, that's why I wrote 'most'! In Spain, I usually find them in mixed flocks.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 4th August 2018, 19:31
Replies: 13
Views: 283
Posted By John Cantelo
In a photo of such indifferent quality, most look...

In a photo of such indifferent quality, most look unidentifiable either way to me
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 30th July 2018, 09:15
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By John Cantelo
In Kent, you can access many good sites by bus....

In Kent, you can access many good sites by bus. Examples include Oare (Faversham) for waders, Church Woods (Canterbury) for woodland species and Sandwich Bay & Dungeness Bird Observatories for...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th July 2018, 18:47
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By John Cantelo
I was just about to post when I saw that Simon...

I was just about to post when I saw that Simon had got there first although I would hesitate to assign c to Crested with any confidence. The bill seems long for Thekla's but I'm not sure one can...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 26th July 2018, 21:04
Replies: 21
Views: 565
Posted By John Cantelo
No, first primary length is not noted as an ID...

No, first primary length is not noted as an ID feature (although it may be buried in the biometrics). One feature that is mentioned that I wasn't aware of is that Thekla's bill tends to be subtly...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 26th July 2018, 07:18
Replies: 21
Views: 565
Posted By John Cantelo
Coming late to this but I'd agree that the lower...

Coming late to this but I'd agree that the lower mandible, which is clearly convex, suggests the bird is a Thekla's. However, the new "Handbook of WP Birds" (Vol I p81) says that some Crested can...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 24th July 2018, 20:44
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By John Cantelo
My wife's no birder but unsuspecting birders are...

My wife's no birder but unsuspecting birders are astonished that she is able to ID Lesser Kestrel by call which, in fact, is far easier than doing so by plumage.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 20th July 2018, 20:20
Replies: 148
Views: 14,280
Posted By John Cantelo
An excellent short review may be found at...

An excellent short review may be found at https://notjustgulls.blogspot.com/2018/07/handbook-of-western-palearctic-birds.html
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 15th July 2018, 18:40
Replies: 19
Views: 833
Posted By John Cantelo
I very much regret that, not being heavily into...

I very much regret that, not being heavily into twitching and leaving Hampshire in the early 1970s, I never met your Mum but your moving eulogy somehow made me feel like I had. I know just how tough...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 12th July 2018, 22:04
Replies: 148
Views: 14,280
Posted By John Cantelo
They tried to deliver my copy yesterday when it...

They tried to deliver my copy yesterday when it was out but today left it with a neighbour. Unfortunately, I've had visitors today so have had little time to look at it. Initial impressions are very...
Forum: Nikon Tuesday 10th July 2018, 08:03
Replies: 30
Views: 2,474
Posted By John Cantelo
It looks a bit of a beast and the ergonomics may...

It looks a bit of a beast and the ergonomics may take some getting used to but the reach is phenomenal. A well-executed camera with 1" sensor and lower magnification (but greater than that...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 8th July 2018, 09:22
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm a long-term opponent of the death penalty...

I'm a long-term opponent of the death penalty whether it's done by proxy or otherwise so I find the celebratory attitude towards their deaths and wishing it was 'slow and painful' repugnant. The...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 7th July 2018, 21:12
Replies: 148
Views: 14,280
Posted By John Cantelo
Surely a book on the birds of an area - whether a...

Surely a book on the birds of an area - whether a handbook or field guide - should, as far as possible, include all of those species that have occurred there regardless of their ultimate origins. ...
Forum: Conservation Saturday 7th July 2018, 21:06
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By John Cantelo
If anyone 'deserves' to be eaten by lions it's...

If anyone 'deserves' to be eaten by lions it's not the poachers, who are generally poor and with few options in life, but those wealthier people who generate the market for rhino horn, etc.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 7th July 2018, 15:14
Replies: 148
Views: 14,280
Posted By John Cantelo
It must be because of Brexit ;););)

It must be because of Brexit ;););)
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 6th July 2018, 06:38
Replies: 148
Views: 14,280
Posted By John Cantelo
Good to have it confirmed in the interview with...

Good to have it confirmed in the interview with the authors published by NHBS that there will be sister volumes on non-passerines even if no firm dates are given.
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