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Forum: Olympus Saturday 14th March 2020, 17:33
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By Jim M.
Thanks. Took a look at their site and they look...

Thanks. Took a look at their site and they look interesting, though I already use a waist pack from Mountainsmith as a day pack, so would probably need to fit one somewhere else.
Forum: Olympus Saturday 14th March 2020, 17:30
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By Jim M.
I see different sites giving different weights...

I see different sites giving different weights for lots of things. Could be a lot reasons--scale off, transcription error, intentional misrepresentation, somebody just copying data from somewhere...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 14th March 2020, 12:14
Replies: 804
Views: 33,205
Posted By Jim M.
News reports here say those baseless theories are...

News reports here say those baseless theories are being spread now by the Chinese government to try to deflect criticism of their handling of the crisis.
Forum: Olympus Saturday 14th March 2020, 11:05
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By Jim M.
1.85 kilograms without the tripod foot, which is...

1.85 kilograms without the tripod foot, which is what is important to me since I would only use it handheld. It should also be emphasized that the only source they cite for this weight is some guy...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 5th March 2020, 00:58
Replies: 7
Views: 251
Posted By Jim M.
Pics 2 and 3 look like pure grackles, but maybe...

Pics 2 and 3 look like pure grackles, but maybe some candidates in the first pic (e.g. lower lh corner), but nothing I'd count. Sorry.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 20:22
Replies: 804
Views: 33,205
Posted By Jim M.
I know, but it usually greatly reduces the number...

I know, but it usually greatly reduces the number of people who are readily susceptible to infection, so the vaccine usually makes it much more difficult for the virus to spread rapidly. Reducing...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 17:51
Replies: 804
Views: 33,205
Posted By Jim M.
Agree with that. Hard to say what is an over- or...

Agree with that. Hard to say what is an over- or under-reaction until we know more. We will probably only know for sure in hindsight; unlike the flu, there is no vaccine for this, so not really...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 26th February 2020, 06:43
Replies: 804
Views: 33,205
Posted By Jim M.
I think we are all just watching and waiting to...

I think we are all just watching and waiting to see how things develop. Unfortunately, this contagion seems to have more staying power than past outbreaks like SARS, MERS, etc. I imagine it has the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 25th February 2020, 18:35
Replies: 39
Views: 1,772
Posted By Jim M.
It's common for pro guides to carry cameras in my...

It's common for pro guides to carry cameras in my experience, usually a DSLR. Some tour companies even require it because they want to have photos for the trip report. I have never seen it be a...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Saturday 22nd February 2020, 18:17
Replies: 6
Views: 1,236
Posted By Jim M.
Finally got this identified at iNaturalist.org:...

Finally got this identified at iNaturalist.org: Phaegorista agaristoides (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/682881) A member of Snouted Tiger Moths (https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/122485) Subfamily...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 15th February 2020, 18:41
Replies: 247
Views: 18,421
Posted By Jim M.
LOL. I didn't know Grey Herons were endemic to...

LOL. I didn't know Grey Herons were endemic to Great Britain. :eek!: Nor that they should be considered a "British" species when they existed before modern humans even existed on the planet. ...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 15th February 2020, 18:31
Replies: 247
Views: 18,421
Posted By Jim M.
First, that's nothing compared to the old IBC. ...

First, that's nothing compared to the old IBC. There were people posting 100s of mis-ID'd photos that were way off, and I'd get nasty emails back if asked what was taking so long to correct them. ...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 15th February 2020, 13:43
Replies: 247
Views: 18,421
Posted By Jim M.
In my experience IBC was rife with photos of...

In my experience IBC was rife with photos of mis-identified birds, and having photos in two places meant more work if you were looking for photos of a species. I've been reviewing thousands of...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Wednesday 12th February 2020, 18:50
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By Jim M.
Just to follow up, an expert at iNaturalist says...

Just to follow up, an expert at iNaturalist says the fly is actually in a different group, the Acalyptrate Flies, which is paraphyletic and status currently unresolved. The similarity to...
Forum: Olympus Wednesday 12th February 2020, 15:16
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By Jim M.
My impression is: meh. It has a little better...

My impression is: meh. It has a little better IS, a little better autofocus, and is a little bit heavier than EM-1ii. Perhaps it is a reflection of how great the EM-1ii is, that it is hard to...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 2nd February 2020, 22:49
Replies: 123
Views: 69,336
Posted By Jim M.
I had forgotten about that one because it doesn't...

I had forgotten about that one because it doesn't claim to be a full field guide. "Illustrated Checklist" typically means the book has less information (and sometimes smaller and lower quality...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 2nd February 2020, 21:40
Replies: 123
Views: 69,336
Posted By Jim M.
There's nothing else for Sulawesi. (And before...

There's nothing else for Sulawesi. (And before that book came out there wasn't a guide at all that was in print; so be thankful for it).

If you want to buy two books, you could get the Myers Guide...
Forum: Borneo (All Regions) Wednesday 15th January 2020, 00:16
Replies: 18
Views: 741
Posted By Jim M.
Malaysian Borneo would be a much better overall...

Malaysian Borneo would be a much better overall wildlife experience. You should see many more mammals. I believe number of bird species for a trip would be similar in both places; though I expect...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 13th January 2020, 19:00
Replies: 30
Views: 1,322
Posted By Jim M.
The mistakes referenced in this thread are not ID...

The mistakes referenced in this thread are not ID errors, but location errors. My experience in the US is that surprisingly few ID errors make their way into the eBird database (at least signficant...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 13th January 2020, 13:13
Replies: 30
Views: 1,322
Posted By Jim M.
Ebird typically addresses the big hotspot problem...

Ebird typically addresses the big hotspot problem by including an admonition to use more precise locations if possible as part of the hotspot name. But having big hotspots makes it convenient to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 13th January 2020, 13:06
Replies: 30
Views: 1,322
Posted By Jim M.
I have used eBird to enter my sightings since...

I have used eBird to enter my sightings since 2008 on a global basis. I have found eBird data is very reliable in the U.S. where there is an abundance of reviewers with local knowledge of what is...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 3rd January 2020, 12:34
Replies: 20
Views: 2,050
Posted By Jim M.
Still not released. Amazon now says "this title...

Still not released. Amazon now says "this title will be released October 15, 2020." You were the one saying something...
Forum: Olympus Sunday 27th October 2019, 04:24
Replies: 19
Views: 1,849
Posted By Jim M.
Hmmm. I've been using my EM-1ii with those...

Hmmm. I've been using my EM-1ii with those lenses (mostly 100-400) for 2 and a half years always carrying with strap attached to camera. No problems yet.
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Saturday 26th October 2019, 13:57
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By Jim M.
Agree, though to be precise, Acraea is a mostly...

Agree, though to be precise, Acraea is a mostly afro-tropical genus of long-winged butterflies in the family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed butterflies). According to "Wildlife of Madagascar" by Behrens...
Forum: Olympus Friday 25th October 2019, 13:35
Replies: 19
Views: 1,849
Posted By Jim M.
I think the firmware upgrades to the EM1 II...

I think the firmware upgrades to the EM1 II already make it the equal of the usual DSLRs for autofocus on birds in flight. Just my opinion.
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