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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 23rd February 2015, 16:00
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By mcdowella
Thanks for the suggestions, and especially the...

Thanks for the suggestions, and especially the parking lot association. I was very worried about luggage weight but should probably have packed a small pair of binoculars regardless (OTOH Heathrow...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 23rd February 2015, 10:35
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By mcdowella
Something like a blackbird in Salt Lake City?

I'm from the UK, but spent a few days in Salt Lake City last week (16 Feb or so), staying at the Courtyard Marriott in Sandy. I hadn't brought binoculars and my eyesight isn't that great, but I could...
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Saturday 31st July 2010, 06:04
Replies: 16
Views: 40,535
Posted By mcdowella
Nice trousers, but it's worth seeing how you get...

Nice trousers, but it's worth seeing how you get on with them before buying a second pair. I actually had one pair and bought another cheap online to cycle in - because they are looser than a lot of...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 8th January 2008, 11:46
Replies: 5
Views: 1,520
Posted By mcdowella
I note that The state of the UK's birds 2006...

I note that The state of the UK's birds 2006 (e.g. PDF from http://www.bto.org/research/pop_trends/state_uk_birds.htm) says on P9 by their page marking that "It was decided that the assessment for UK...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 24th September 2007, 17:27
Replies: 17
Views: 1,816
Posted By mcdowella
Oh I agree with you about keys now; I just didn't...

Oh I agree with you about keys now; I just didn't know any better then.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 24th September 2007, 17:25
Replies: 0
Views: 661
Posted By mcdowella
Birds of Wiltshire

Birds of Wiltshire (ISBN 978-0-9555270-0-5)

This is a big book; its last page is #848, while that of "Birds in England" is #694.

The bulk of this is the per-species accounts. Typically you get a...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 23rd September 2007, 11:42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,816
Posted By mcdowella
My first bird book was a copy of "The Oxford Book...

My first bird book was a copy of "The Oxford Book of Birds" which I eventually lost. I hunted down a second hand copy a few years back and I see it is (c) 1964. I'm no expert, but it was probably...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 19th September 2007, 17:17
Replies: 24
Views: 4,657
Posted By mcdowella
Just had the opportunity to pop into Foyles again...

Just had the opportunity to pop into Foyles again and got "The sound approach to birding" - because they had an inspection copy I could browse through as well as three or four cellophane wrapped...
Forum: Miscellaneous Nature Study Equipment Friday 14th September 2007, 11:22
Replies: 32
Views: 9,820
Posted By mcdowella
I have had floaters for ages. I tend not to...

I have had floaters for ages. I tend not to notice them, but I think they do come and go. At one eye examination the optician said that I had more floaters visible in one eye than the other, but that...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 10th September 2007, 11:34
Replies: 24
Views: 4,657
Posted By mcdowella
Foyles in its heyday was very comprehensive, but...

Foyles in its heyday was very comprehensive, but slightly odd. When I first used it the only way to buy a book was to go to a desk, get an invoice, go to a second desk, pay and get your invoice...
Forum: Tips For New Birders Sunday 18th March 2007, 13:49
Replies: 11
Views: 1,818
Posted By mcdowella
I do like wide field binoculars. I use Nikon E2...

I do like wide field binoculars. I use Nikon E2 8x30, Swift 820 ED 8.5x44, and Bushnell Discoverer 7x42 - which actually have the narrowest real FOV of the three, but are waterproof and easy to look...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 7th March 2007, 04:28
Replies: 9
Views: 3,484
Posted By mcdowella
There are high refractive index versions of both...

There are high refractive index versions of both glass and plastic. High refractive index glass will in fact give you the thinnest lenses. The catch with high refractive index material is chromatic...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 6th March 2007, 11:23
Replies: 23
Views: 3,008
Posted By mcdowella
I wear glasses and have both the E II and the...

I wear glasses and have both the E II and the 820. I don't quite get the full field with either, but since these both have unusually wide fields of view this doesn't bother me; I'm pretty sure I'm...
Forum: Tips For New Birders Monday 5th March 2007, 19:01
Replies: 11
Views: 1,818
Posted By mcdowella
Scanning for birds with binoculars

Here are my own rules for scanning for birds with binoculars. I hope that this will inspire others to add suggestions that will be useful to me, and to others. It's based on my local patch, which is...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 17th February 2007, 04:34
Replies: 77
Views: 5,503
Posted By mcdowella
Bill Oddie can do a very much more informative...

Bill Oddie can do a very much more informative and interesting (to birdwatchers) film if he wants to. I have the Bird Images VHS tapes of "The Waders of Britain" and "The Gulls of Britain" and they...
Forum: Outdoor Clothing Friday 9th February 2007, 18:23
Replies: 0
Views: 1,576
Posted By mcdowella
Regatta Barbrook / good service from Outdoor Megastore

Just bought a Regatta Barbrook from www.outdoormegastore.co.uk, despite a stupid mistake on my part in which I ordered something else and had to email them to correct it - so good service for them...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 3rd February 2007, 04:44
Replies: 60
Views: 3,347
Posted By mcdowella
At one time, you absolutely had to see a bird...

At one time, you absolutely had to see a bird yourself to learn to recognise it properly, as field guides were much less common and much less good. These days we have much better field guides and we...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 30th January 2007, 05:01
Replies: 6
Views: 1,949
Posted By mcdowella
Hmmm... so getting hold of the right book on...

Hmmm... so getting hold of the right book on gulls means you need to be good at noting subtle differences to make a really tricky identification. Seems fitting somehow :-)
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Saturday 27th January 2007, 15:28
Replies: 33
Views: 3,091
Posted By mcdowella
Blackbird 2 Blue Tit 1 House Sparrow 1 Starling...

Blackbird 2
Blue Tit 1
House Sparrow 1
Starling 1

08:08 - 09:08. Weather dry
Would probably have had Green Finches except that I hadn't got around to refilling the seed feeder yet.
Forum: Nikon Saturday 27th January 2007, 15:20
Replies: 11
Views: 1,455
Posted By mcdowella
Some Bushnell binoculars claim to have an...

Some Bushnell binoculars claim to have an anti-wetting coating that means less fog, or less prominent fog - Rainguard. In practice, all sorts of things might affect the amount of fog. When I looked...
Forum: Binoculars Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 18:08
Replies: 9
Views: 1,631
Posted By mcdowella
Here is a tip I saw on Birdforum: if you can find...

Here is a tip I saw on Birdforum: if you can find somewhere to rest your elbows (or even sit down on the ground and rest them on your knees) not only will you stop tiring your arm, but you will have...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 21st January 2007, 10:58
Replies: 77
Views: 5,503
Posted By mcdowella
I'd love to know whether this is the program Bill...

I'd love to know whether this is the program Bill Oddie really wants to make, the one he thinks will lead most people to appreciate nature, or the one the producers thought they could sell. I was...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 20th January 2007, 04:16
Replies: 10
Views: 2,491
Posted By mcdowella
The Swift 820 ED are optically very good indeed....

The Swift 820 ED are optically very good indeed. Not only for brightness and freedom from CA, but for field of view (430ft at 100yds for 8.5X). I get close focus not much over 6 ft, at which point...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 13th January 2007, 16:39
Replies: 2
Views: 962
Posted By mcdowella
(Music) Catalogue d'Oiseaux

This is piano music by Messiaen inspired by birdsong. I'd heard references to it for some time, but only just noticed that an outfit who used to be called selections was offering it as a reasonably...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 13th January 2007, 10:27
Replies: 67
Views: 5,393
Posted By mcdowella
I see Dean Powell was interested in a review of...

I see Dean Powell was interested in a review of Bird Ecology and Conservation...

Bird Ecology and Conservation - A handbook of techniques
Sutherland, Newton, & Green

The second part of the title "A...
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