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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 19th July 2019, 18:22
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By John Cantelo
It's often tricky to judge wing formulae on a...

It's often tricky to judge wing formulae on a flying bird from a single photo but in this case, it looks spot-on for a Common Kestrel. The tail shape, however, isn't a consistent guide (particularly...
Forum: Vortex Monday 15th July 2019, 06:55
Replies: 11
Views: 842
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm not entirely sure that 8x42s weighing in at...

I'm not entirely sure that 8x42s weighing in at 32 oz can reasonably be described as 'lightweight' as some rival instruments are 20-25% lighter. Interestingly this video -...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 20:38
Replies: 741
Views: 112,484
Posted By John Cantelo
A two-seater Spitfire is a familiar site to...

A two-seater Spitfire is a familiar site to birders at Bockhill (east of Dover) as flying over the white cliffs there is a regular jaunt for those with a few thousand quid to spare.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 16:31
Replies: 741
Views: 112,484
Posted By John Cantelo
.. a similarly welcome sight for SOE agents in WW2

.. a similarly welcome sight for SOE agents in WW2
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 16:27
Replies: 741
Views: 112,484
Posted By John Cantelo
This must have been a very welcome sight for many...

This must have been a very welcome sight for many downed Allied airmen in WW2 - a Consolidated Catalina. Photographed at Duxford yesterday. A good aircraft tick!
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 12th July 2019, 10:12
Replies: 246
Views: 60,495
Posted By John Cantelo
My copy of the 4th edition of 'Where to Watch...

My copy of the 4th edition of 'Where to Watch Birds in Southern & Western Spain' arrived last week. As to be expected, it's a case of evolution rather than revolution, The high standard has been...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 7th July 2019, 20:29
Replies: 24
Views: 854
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm always loathe to firmly identify any bird...

I'm always loathe to firmly identify any bird from a photo of such poor quality but, for reasons that others have pointed out, I can't see this as anything other than a Booted Eagle. I don't know who...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 5th July 2019, 16:42
Replies: 14
Views: 325
Posted By John Cantelo
Yes, it's an early draft of something I put...

Yes, it's an early draft of something I put together years ago but it was specifically aimed at the situation in Iberia. It should be used to ID Thekla's in North Africa with great caution (or not at...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 1st July 2019, 20:04
Replies: 246
Views: 60,495
Posted By John Cantelo
It looks like an excellent photo-guide for the...

It looks like an excellent photo-guide for the beginner. As for myself, I was hoping that they might do a version to cover Europe even at the cost of omitting some extreme extra-limital rarities. As...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 29th June 2019, 09:32
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By John Cantelo
Agreed - a juvenile Crested Lark. Note the bill...

Agreed - a juvenile Crested Lark. Note the bill shape (esp. the flat or marginally down-curved lower mandible & its length)
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 28th June 2019, 21:15
Replies: 41
Views: 948
Posted By John Cantelo
Ronda is a good base for mountain birds &...

Ronda is a good base for mountain birds & Grazalema and not too far from Osuna (bustards & Rollers). The downside is that you're a little far from the Straits and to a lesser extent Sanlucar/Bonanza....
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 28th June 2019, 07:21
Replies: 41
Views: 948
Posted By John Cantelo
A good report. You seem to have been somewhat...

A good report. You seem to have been somewhat unlucky with Rufous Bushchat at Laguna de Mejorada as I know they're present there this year although as I well know they're extremely elusive at times. ...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 27th June 2019, 16:55
Replies: 41
Views: 948
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm delighted to hear that after such a...

I'm delighted to hear that after such a frustrating day my R-n Nightjar site at Cantarranas came up trumps. That's why I like helping my fellow birders explore this fantastic area.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 27th June 2019, 14:45
Replies: 41
Views: 948
Posted By John Cantelo
April/May is certainly a great time to visit the...

April/May is certainly a great time to visit the area. Let me know if I can help you get the most out of your visit,
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 25th June 2019, 21:28
Replies: 41
Views: 948
Posted By John Cantelo
Agreed - Alpine Chough are very unusual in...

Agreed - Alpine Chough are very unusual in Andalucia - the nearest breeding birds are in Morocco - and a flock would be even more so. In contrast, Red-billed are not uncommon.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 25th June 2019, 17:16
Replies: 41
Views: 948
Posted By John Cantelo
As it's not a very well known site I've posted an...

As it's not a very well known site I've posted an adapted version of the map from my notes showing the location of the Embalse de Bornos. Unless I've misunderstood the relevant post here, (f) shows...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 24th June 2019, 20:57
Replies: 41
Views: 948
Posted By John Cantelo
Good to hear that the Embalse de Bornos site came...

Good to hear that the Embalse de Bornos site came up trumps for Western Olivaceous Warbler - as it should given the amount of tamarisk found there. It's not a site that I often manage to visit so...
Forum: France Tuesday 18th June 2019, 13:21
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By John Cantelo
That's the curse of printed books and why I keep...

That's the curse of printed books and why I keep my guide to Cadiz online. That way I can easily correct & update it.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 16th June 2019, 19:04
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By John Cantelo
jogresh is correct - the subspecies libanotica...

jogresh is correct - the subspecies libanotica is paler and that's what this bird seems to be.
Forum: Turkey Sunday 16th June 2019, 08:28
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By John Cantelo
Assuming a melanistic bird of some sort can be...

Assuming a melanistic bird of some sort can be ruled out then whatever the bird was it would be a vagrant to the area. The 'Birds of Greece' (1997) says that there is a record on a pair of Black...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 14th June 2019, 13:26
Replies: 15
Views: 466
Posted By John Cantelo
As it happens the version of my guide to...

As it happens the version of my guide to Crested/Thekla Lark ID posted here is a fairly early attempt of something I've revised & redrafted several times since. I think the version I'm posting below...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 14th June 2019, 13:14
Replies: 15
Views: 466
Posted By John Cantelo
I've just finished my latest revision - PM me...

I've just finished my latest revision - PM me with your email address & I bounce them over to you (although by the time you go I'll probably have revised them again at least once).
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 13th June 2019, 16:04
Replies: 15
Views: 466
Posted By John Cantelo
No, it's mine & it's a good thing I'm not...

No, it's mine & it's a good thing I'm not precious about it being posted without acknowledgment! Personally, and others differ on this, I find bill shape the best and most reliable characteristic.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 13th June 2019, 15:59
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By John Cantelo
I've found Western Olivaceous Warbler rather more...

I've found Western Olivaceous Warbler rather more widespread than some sources suggest in SW Spain and fairly easy to find if not always easy to see in their preferred habitat. The key thing is to...
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Wednesday 12th June 2019, 18:08
Replies: 842
Views: 147,468
Posted By John Cantelo
I had a tweet from Eddy today and, although still...

I had a tweet from Eddy today and, although still unwell, he's hoping to go home from hospital in the near future. I know all his friends here will wish him all the very best and hope to see him out...
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