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Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Sunday 18th February 2018, 18:33
Replies: 14
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Posted By benmacdonald
Paul, Thank you very much indeed, yes, Big WP...

Paul,

Thank you very much indeed, yes, Big WP seemed to operate an amazingly tight ship throughout, so I'll follow your recommendations. If you feel willing, please do PM me locations for the...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 15th February 2018, 21:22
Replies: 14
Views: 2,503
Posted By benmacdonald
Stephen, well-spotted. The * should in fact...

Stephen, well-spotted. The * should in fact refer to the now extinct, or at least very nomadic, 1-2 female Magnificent Frigatebirds on the island.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 15th February 2018, 21:21
Replies: 14
Views: 2,503
Posted By benmacdonald
David, thank you very much indeed. Ben

David, thank you very much indeed.
Ben
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Monday 12th February 2018, 14:25
Replies: 14
Views: 2,503
Posted By benmacdonald
Re

Hi Eugeni,

November could be possible of course, I'd be a little concerned about some seabirds having left the area, such as white-faced petrel, though of course the Big WP year went there in...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 8th February 2018, 22:17
Replies: 14
Views: 2,503
Posted By benmacdonald
Hi Mark, I think 1000 would be fair at this...

Hi Mark, I think 1000 would be fair at this stage, perhaps less with split costs, but no wish to lead you up the garden path. Perhaps DM me and we can talk it over in a bit more detail if you're...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 6th February 2018, 09:45
Replies: 14
Views: 2,503
Posted By benmacdonald
Cape Verde clean-up: 1-9 April 2018

Dear all,

Last year I advertised for a trip I had planned to Azerbaijan, a difficult destination, where on a trip in June we found virtually all of the country's birds including locating caspian...
Forum: Morocco Thursday 13th July 2017, 21:54
Replies: 2
Views: 1,292
Posted By benmacdonald
Answers wanted please

Answers wanted please
Forum: Morocco Saturday 1st July 2017, 21:21
Replies: 2
Views: 1,292
Posted By benmacdonald
Dark Chanting Goshawk - historical biology

Having rediscovered Caspian Tit in the Hyrcan Forest in Azerbaijan this June, it has become apparent that in some cases, breeding species in the WP can, occasionally, be rediscovered by travelling...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Saturday 1st July 2017, 19:49
Replies: 19
Views: 7,977
Posted By benmacdonald
It was certainly the highlight of my WP birding...

It was certainly the highlight of my WP birding to find Caspian Tits in an ancient forest in a very remote part of the Taylish Mountains. A trip report is on its way but also a short trip later in...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 11th April 2017, 15:09
Replies: 19
Views: 7,977
Posted By benmacdonald
Hi Colin, very kind of you and good to hear...

Hi Colin, very kind of you and good to hear you're keeping well and busy. I am still looking for participants so if anyone is interesting in joining, please PM me or email me. Ben
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 16th March 2017, 11:28
Replies: 2
Views: 1,777
Posted By benmacdonald
Specifically, it's worth pointing out that the...

Specifically, it's worth pointing out that the most cost-effective time to share on this trip is for the boat trip to Raso and Branco. With a trip to the Il de Passaros (Boa Vista) seemingly off the...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 16th March 2017, 10:43
Replies: 2
Views: 1,777
Posted By benmacdonald
Cape Verde - 8-15 April 2017

Hi all,

At the risk of dominating this smaller corner of the big world that is BF, I am doing a fairly short-notice trip to Cape Verde for a week. Firstly, it's important to note that flight prices...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Wednesday 15th March 2017, 13:30
Replies: 19
Views: 7,977
Posted By benmacdonald
Hi both, firstly I am in complete agreement that...

Hi both, firstly I am in complete agreement that the Shirihai treatment is by far the most sensible, better thought through, and will be adopted when both the Handbooks are eventually released... it...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 14th March 2017, 14:21
Replies: 19
Views: 7,977
Posted By benmacdonald
Thanks both for your comments and sorry you can't...

Thanks both for your comments and sorry you can't join. I do hope to make the breakthrough with Hyrcan Tit, my presumption being that it continues to occupy gnarled, open habitats on the tree-line...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Monday 13th March 2017, 20:06
Replies: 19
Views: 7,977
Posted By benmacdonald
Big Caucasus Trip - Ben Macdonald

Hi all,

Every year I aim to do one big, comprehensive regional trip in the Western Palearctic. This generally involves going for all possible target species, with really serious GPS-based planning,...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Wednesday 1st April 2015, 16:30
Replies: 0
Views: 3,660
Posted By benmacdonald
Serious Western Palearctic Trip THIS May

I am a keen WP traveller and tend to run tightly-organised, intense WP birding trips. Think GPS for all sites, the latest 2015 gen, 6 hours sleep maximum and a lot of travel over the course of a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 10th March 2010, 15:23
Replies: 10
Views: 1,689
Posted By benmacdonald
Thanks very much guys for all these useful...

Thanks very much guys for all these useful replies. Going on the consensus, I will:
1- insure items on home contents
2 - either by naming them individually or covering them against all eventualities,...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 8th March 2010, 19:40
Replies: 10
Views: 1,689
Posted By benmacdonald
Insurance for Kit - Help

Evening all,

I wonder how the thousands of birders out there insure their kit so that if their car is broken into, they are mugged etc., they are covered. For many birders, kit comes to well over...
Forum: Swarovski Friday 19th February 2010, 11:00
Replies: 13
Views: 7,684
Posted By benmacdonald
Thanks Steve and Rick for both these useful...

Thanks Steve and Rick for both these useful replies. In the past, my main problem with the old AT80HD was the continual loosening of the thread - has anyone experienced any problems with this on the...
Forum: Swarovski Thursday 18th February 2010, 22:51
Replies: 13
Views: 7,684
Posted By benmacdonald
ATS Tripod Foot - Fits which Tripod Heads?

Evening all,

Have just a got an ATS 65 and noted its snazzy little tripod foot. Unfortunately, am currently using a Velbon FH-51Q head with sliding plate, which means attaching a plate to the scope...
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