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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 11th December 2019, 13:53
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By Simon Wates
Thanks Tom, that was what confused me ;)

Thanks Tom, that was what confused me ;)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 11th December 2019, 12:43
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By Simon Wates
:t::-O

:t::-O
Forum: Migration Wednesday 11th December 2019, 12:41
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By Simon Wates
Yes, their tameness was more than evident in...

Yes, their tameness was more than evident in central Manchester back in the late 70's - when I still lived there!

I think there is more to it than hunting, what comes to mind are factors like their...
Forum: Migration Wednesday 11th December 2019, 11:33
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By Simon Wates
Interesting; because down here in the Algarve...

Interesting; because down here in the Algarve Woodpigeon is a shy and discreet bird breeding mainly in quiet wooded rural areas away from population centres. They don't walk around oblivious to...
Forum: Migration Wednesday 11th December 2019, 10:58
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By Simon Wates
While temperatures have an effect, I think they...

While temperatures have an effect, I think they will still get on with their courtship etc in all except very nasty weather, strong winds etc. I wonder what Collared Doves are doing further north in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 11th December 2019, 10:52
Replies: 10
Views: 317
Posted By Simon Wates
Agree with GBBG

Agree with GBBG
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 11th December 2019, 10:51
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By Simon Wates
Looks like a clear Lesser Spotted Eagle to me, a...

Looks like a clear Lesser Spotted Eagle to me, a juv. I think (?).
Forum: Migration Tuesday 10th December 2019, 13:22
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By Simon Wates
Well, although I don't understand a word of...

Well, although I don't understand a word of Chinese, this looks a bit disturbing I must admit and the accompanying music with the content is pretty worrying...... All the same, I think as you observe...
Forum: Migration Tuesday 10th December 2019, 13:08
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By Simon Wates
Oh good, thanks for the reply. Before I watch the...

Oh good, thanks for the reply. Before I watch the video you posted, which seems a bit scary (!) I must stress that Collared Doves here in southern Portugal are in vigorous courtship now and singing...
Forum: Migration Monday 9th December 2019, 14:55
Replies: 15
Views: 309
Posted By Simon Wates
Hi Alefdr, may I suggest your birds are...

Hi Alefdr, may I suggest your birds are misidentified and instead a related species?



My thoughts too; Turtle Doves are extremely rare in the winter in Europe. Singing in near freezing temps,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 5th December 2019, 18:49
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Posted By Simon Wates
Not doubting the ID (1st yr male?) but...

Not doubting the ID (1st yr male?) but Yellow-crowned Bishop is in full breeding plumage down here in S.Portugal at the moment - and still breeding, they do so in the autumn.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 5th December 2019, 18:38
Replies: 24
Views: 905
Posted By Simon Wates
Nice explanation Deb (especially after my feeble...

Nice explanation Deb (especially after my feeble input ;)).

I've come to the conclusion that the "traditional" Sparrowhawk/Goshawk ID difficulties are really down to the impossible conundrum of...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 5th December 2019, 18:28
Replies: 24
Views: 905
Posted By Simon Wates
A tapering tale o:) (I find that in real life,...

A tapering tale o:)

(I find that in real life, Goshawks just move differently and as already mentioned, hardly incite thoughts of Sprawks).
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 5th December 2019, 17:17
Replies: 11
Views: 490
Posted By Simon Wates
Yes, fabulous record! Maybe down to attitudinal...

Yes, fabulous record! Maybe down to attitudinal migration from N.India?
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 4th December 2019, 23:27
Replies: 1
Views: 141
Posted By Simon Wates
Thanks for posting Andy. Though this makes my...

Thanks for posting Andy. Though this makes my blood boil. The kind of tourists these companies are shipping in, (with animators dressed as pirates - so trashy) should be not allowed to go here, send...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th December 2019, 13:35
Replies: 7
Views: 242
Posted By Simon Wates
Could it be "one of the Arctic"...

Could it be "one of the Arctic" Warblers?
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 08:16
Replies: 5
Views: 178
Posted By Simon Wates
"My bad", I misled myself thinking of the western...

"My bad", I misled myself thinking of the western side of the Guadalquivir, rather than one province or another. Still, Doñana is almost of a patriotic nature to me, fell in love with Andalucia and...
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Monday 2nd December 2019, 13:27
Replies: 5
Views: 178
Posted By Simon Wates
Well done Gonçalo! My old stomping grounds ;)...

Well done Gonçalo! My old stomping grounds ;) still go out there once in a while. Great spots for Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Western Olivaceous Warbler and Lesser Short-toed Lark and others not easy in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd December 2019, 00:55
Replies: 16
Views: 496
Posted By Simon Wates
True, and its visible in the photo, albeit...

True, and its visible in the photo, albeit subtly. I admit in Corn Bunting its normally more notorious but its still one for me.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st December 2019, 19:55
Replies: 16
Views: 496
Posted By Simon Wates
If I'm the only one that can't see but a Corn...

If I'm the only one that can't see but a Corn Bunting here, I''ll crawl back into my hole.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 29th November 2019, 12:30
Replies: 2
Views: 227
Posted By Simon Wates
I would guess that all are Yellow-legged Gulls,...

I would guess that all are Yellow-legged Gulls, from left to right; 1. 2 or 3rd cal.yr. 2. 4th year (not yet with all its "mirrors"). 3. 1st cal.yr. Leg colour is pretty wishy-washy yellowish-grey in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 28th November 2019, 21:22
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By Simon Wates
We do have rather a lot of Cirl Buntings in...

We do have rather a lot of Cirl Buntings in Portugal, in many areas they are quite common indeed ;)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 24th November 2019, 20:08
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By Simon Wates
sounds quite similar to a Crested Lark

sounds quite similar to a Crested Lark
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 22nd November 2019, 21:25
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By Simon Wates
Regardless of the extent of the breast side...

Regardless of the extent of the breast side patches, can only see a juv. Kentish Plover.
Forum: Portugal including Madeira Friday 22nd November 2019, 09:19
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By Simon Wates
Well you were certainly unlucky, normally in...

Well you were certainly unlucky, normally in these parts the weather is at least pleasant ;)
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