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Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Monday 30th March 2020, 10:55
Replies: 23
Views: 2,882
Posted By bittern
That sounds like an excellent idea for when,...

That sounds like an excellent idea for when, hopefully, we can all start watching birds again.

Best wishes to you all,

Mike
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Friday 31st January 2020, 06:57
Replies: 23
Views: 2,882
Posted By bittern
I was also a member for about that length of time...

I was also a member for about that length of time and in earlier days took out quite a lot of birders every year in the Geneva region and Alps. However latterly I found many problems with messages...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 30th January 2020, 10:37
Replies: 23
Views: 2,882
Posted By bittern
Hi, I just checked and I can access the site...

Hi,

I just checked and I can access the site from here in Switzerland. I used to take out birders here but after over 12 years I "retired" from that activity myself.

Best of luck,

Mike
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 17th August 2019, 08:40
Replies: 0
Views: 770
Posted By bittern
Rwanda - Akagera National Park

I was recently in Rwanda and spent a couple of days in Akagera NP. I don't have photos but I have posted a trip report on Cloudbirders, You can either find it there or PM me.

Mike
Forum: France Monday 30th July 2018, 14:57
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By bittern
Hi Greg, Just to be sure you are aware, there is...

Hi Greg,

Just to be sure you are aware, there is no public transport up the Col de la Colombière. PM me when you are in the area and we can see what we can manage if you don't have your own...
Forum: France Wednesday 4th July 2018, 14:06
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By bittern
Please see my reply #9 regarding best birding...

Please see my reply #9 regarding best birding place in the area. However the Col de la Colombière will be closed this Sunday 8th July as the Tour de France is passing over the Col. I don't have any...
Forum: France Friday 15th June 2018, 17:53
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By bittern
By the way I went up to the Col de la Colombière...

By the way I went up to the Col de la Colombière yesterday and it was pretty good:-
2 Lammergeiers, Short-toed Eagle, 2 Griffon Vultures, Rock Thrush, 5 or 6 Ring Ouzels, Water Pipits, Wheatear,...
Forum: France Sunday 10th June 2018, 16:50
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By bittern
I haven't been up to the Col de la Colombière...

I haven't been up to the Col de la Colombière this year as the last time I was nearby the road wasn't open. I'm looking for an excuse to go up anytime soon so I would be happy to give you a lift up...
Forum: France Saturday 9th June 2018, 03:25
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By bittern
Mike, I'm not sure how you arrived at 150km, it...

Mike,

I'm not sure how you arrived at 150km, it is in fact 39 km from Morzine to the base of the Col at Le Reposoir. Naturally most high passes will have similar bird life and forested areas will...
Forum: France Friday 8th June 2018, 04:23
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By bittern
Hi Mike, In my opinion the best site for for...

Hi Mike,

In my opinion the best site for for most of the mountain birds is the Col de la Colombière which is at 1613 metres and reached either from le Grand-Bornand or le Reposoir. It is on the D4...
Forum: France Thursday 7th June 2018, 18:37
Replies: 15
Views: 1,774
Posted By bittern
Birding around Morzine

I live in the area and quite often spend time up in the mountains where most of those birds can be found,

I can normally be found on the BirdingPal web site but I removed myself a couple of months...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 9th April 2018, 18:38
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By bittern
Greet Grey Shrike ssp

A fellow birder has photographed an interesting Great Grey Shrike on the borders of France and Switzerland close to Geneva. It is believed that it might be of the homeyerie sub-species from SE...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 28th December 2017, 10:11
Replies: 2
Views: 790
Posted By bittern
Thanks, that's interesting so they do get about a...

Thanks, that's interesting so they do get about a bit more than I thought in the winter.

Mike
Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 27th December 2017, 04:08
Replies: 2
Views: 790
Posted By bittern
Low altitude Snowfinches

I had always believed that (White-winged) Snowfinches were never found below about 1'500 metres altitude, the Collins says 1'000. I recently saw a group of about a dozen among a mixed finch flock in...
Forum: Conservation Saturday 11th November 2017, 14:44
Replies: 40
Views: 2,454
Posted By bittern
Large enough, but as far as I know they don't. A...

Large enough, but as far as I know they don't. A free roaming heifer in the mountains is probably more dangerous as I can certify having once been attacked by one and having to wrestle with its horns...
Forum: Conservation Saturday 11th November 2017, 14:41
Replies: 40
Views: 2,454
Posted By bittern
As far as I know they are self sustaining, there...

As far as I know they are self sustaining, there were reintroductions in the past but not as far as I know recently. The population started from some decidedly unofficial reintroductions in...
Forum: Conservation Saturday 11th November 2017, 10:26
Replies: 40
Views: 2,454
Posted By bittern
I think that no is the answer to that. Just by...

I think that no is the answer to that. Just by chance last night I was talking to some of the local Haute-Savoie (France) naturalists who keep an eye on the local Lynx population and they told me...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 6th August 2017, 13:25
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By bittern
Black would be far more likely, they can get...

Black would be far more likely, they can get quite high in the Alps and are usually very common. Common would be most unlikely, very different habitat.

Mike
Forum: Sea Watch Monday 6th March 2017, 09:50
Replies: 12
Views: 18,109
Posted By bittern
Hi Rob, Yes the hake trawlers are a big plus as...

Hi Rob,

Yes the hake trawlers are a big plus as they throw so much back into the ocean that the birds must smell it from a huge distance.

Cheers,

Mike
Forum: Sea Watch Thursday 2nd March 2017, 20:03
Replies: 12
Views: 18,109
Posted By bittern
I can't really answer that Rob, we certainly did...

I can't really answer that Rob, we certainly did on my second trip but as the guide was moderately excited I guess it is not for every trip. You can always contact Trevor or John at Zest for Birds...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Monday 6th February 2017, 18:45
Replies: 7
Views: 1,389
Posted By bittern
I have no problems with latest versions of both...

I have no problems with latest versions of both Firefoxx and Chrome, (Windows 10).

Mike
Forum: Sea Watch Friday 11th November 2016, 18:25
Replies: 12
Views: 18,109
Posted By bittern
Thanks, planning is certainly necessary as there...

Thanks, planning is certainly necessary as there are only two companies doing trips out from Simon's Town and they are booked up a long time ahead. One was booked almost a year ahead, Zest who I went...
Forum: Sea Watch Friday 11th November 2016, 14:03
Replies: 12
Views: 18,109
Posted By bittern
As part of a birding trip to the Western Cape...

As part of a birding trip to the Western Cape area I fixed up a pelagic locally with “Zest for birds” of Simon’s Town. www.zestforbirds.co.za

As this was most likely to be a once in a lifetime...
Forum: Sea Watch Friday 11th November 2016, 00:13
Replies: 12
Views: 18,109
Posted By bittern
OK Andy, I'll get something together in the next...

OK Andy, I'll get something together in the next day or so, I would also be interested to compare with Durban.

Mike
Forum: Sea Watch Thursday 10th November 2016, 06:58
Replies: 12
Views: 18,109
Posted By bittern
Pelagics from Cape Town (Simon's Town)

I recently, Sept/Oct 2016, did a couple of pelagics out of Simon's Town. It was a great experience and if anyone is interested I can write up a short description and list of species.

Mike
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