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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 6th March 2019, 21:24
Replies: 14
Views: 262
Posted By John Cantelo
Having now looked at 'the Handbook of Western...

Having now looked at 'the Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds' then, if pushed, I'd have gone for a 2nd-year female too.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 6th March 2019, 21:10
Replies: 14
Views: 262
Posted By John Cantelo
As has already been noted the left-hand bird is,...

As has already been noted the left-hand bird is, without question, a Spotless Starling. I see no reason why the right-hand bird isn't one too (albeit in a different plumage). The "long slender...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 3rd March 2019, 19:39
Replies: 4
Views: 220
Posted By John Cantelo
Redshank. A Spotted Redshank would have a longer,...

Redshank. A Spotted Redshank would have a longer, finer bill delicately drooping at the tip.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 10th February 2019, 23:49
Replies: 22
Views: 855
Posted By John Cantelo
There's always been an amount of caution over...

There's always been an amount of caution over publicising Long-eared Owl roosts (usually the only reliable way to see them) due to birds then being disturbed by birdwatchers but this is even more the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 8th February 2019, 18:52
Replies: 7
Views: 491
Posted By John Cantelo
Beautiful shots of various species, enough to...

Beautiful shots of various species, enough to remind me why I'd never make a decent photographer!
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 6th February 2019, 23:00
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By John Cantelo
My understanding from initial enquiries is that...

My understanding from initial enquiries is that switching stopovers out & return carries a cost penalty,

John
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 6th February 2019, 11:21
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By John Cantelo
I've now been given details of a local guide who...

I've now been given details of a local guide who should be able to take me up from Singapore to the Gunung Panti Forest Reserve on the peninsula which, I think, may be a deal breaker. Shame as I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 5th February 2019, 17:30
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By John Cantelo
Oz stopover: Singapore vs Hong Kong

I'm planning a jaunt to Queensland in December this year. How do Singapore and HK compare as places to break the journey (3-4 days?) for some birding? Although I had a short layover in HK years...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Saturday 2nd February 2019, 21:45
Replies: 13
Views: 506
Posted By John Cantelo
I think you misunderstand what this thread is...

I think you misunderstand what this thread is about. All we're talking about is an AI system that promises to detect and focus on an image it recognises as a bird, not identifying it to species...
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 2nd February 2019, 16:23
Replies: 44
Views: 1,780
Posted By John Cantelo
That's a very kind and generous, if in my view...

That's a very kind and generous, if in my view misguided ;), thing to say! Thank you,
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 2nd February 2019, 07:35
Replies: 22
Views: 1,112
Posted By John Cantelo
As others have suggested it's one for the crystal...

As others have suggested it's one for the crystal ball but if Brexit doesn't go smoothly (and the signs are not promising) then many are suggesting that the value of the against other currencies...
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 2nd February 2019, 07:30
Replies: 44
Views: 1,780
Posted By John Cantelo
You should find the two Crossbill guides on the...

You should find the two Crossbill guides on the Canary islands useful in planning your trip and whilst there (see https://crossbillguides.nl/bookstore/canary-islands-I also available from NHBS &...
Forum: Cameras And Photography Friday 1st February 2019, 15:10
Replies: 13
Views: 506
Posted By John Cantelo
Bird Detecting Camera....

The new Panasonic Lumix S1 hasn't got ay long lenses to go with it yet but has got what sounds like interesting AI technology which should help bird photographers. This is its "Advanced Artificial...
Forum: Tips For New Birders Friday 1st February 2019, 06:48
Replies: 11
Views: 956
Posted By John Cantelo
Having more than one bird book or app is, of...

Having more than one bird book or app is, of course, an option. If you've a smartphone and you want a convenient handy guide in the field then the Collins app is a no brainer. Apart from ultimate...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 31st January 2019, 19:18
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By John Cantelo
Agreed. I'm not sure I would have paid the asking...

Agreed. I'm not sure I would have paid the asking price anyhow but my sticking point was the bulk since one of the main reasons for going back to a bridge camera. That said if a camera the size of...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 30th January 2019, 22:23
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By John Cantelo
Thanks, neighbour. I didn't think I had digital...

Thanks, neighbour. I didn't think I had digital zoom on but I'll check. I found the increase in weight and bulk anything but small but I take your point about the P1000. I think that it's so vast...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 30th January 2019, 19:19
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By John Cantelo
Nikon P900 - a question & a comment

I picked up a Nikon P900 yesterday but have had little time to play with it as yet. One problem seems to be when I first zoom out to the max zoom and then push the 'snap zoom button' nothing...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 30th January 2019, 19:03
Replies: 199
Views: 49,993
Posted By John Cantelo
Not quite 'my thing' I admit but Julian's an old...

Not quite 'my thing' I admit but Julian's an old friend from 50+ years back so I could be tempted!
Forum: Say Hello Sunday 27th January 2019, 05:57
Replies: 8
Views: 178
Posted By John Cantelo
Checking on E-bird (https://ebird.org) it appears...

Checking on E-bird (https://ebird.org) it appears that Red Kite is fairly frequently seen in the Colne valley just to the west of Harrow with odd reports in Harrow and nearby.
Forum: Tips For New Birders Saturday 26th January 2019, 22:26
Replies: 11
Views: 956
Posted By John Cantelo
Although it's rather bulky - too large to slip...

Although it's rather bulky - too large to slip even into the most generous pocket - I suggest you also consider "Briain's Birds" by Hume et al and published by Wildguides. It has the advantage of...
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Friday 25th January 2019, 20:04
Replies: 833
Views: 139,581
Posted By John Cantelo
The port area isn't huge so you should dock...

The port area isn't huge so you should dock within walking distance of the train station. The train will quickly take you to San Fernando station from which a footpath (Sendero Salina Dolores) takes...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 5th January 2019, 20:31
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By John Cantelo
For me the Nikon 8x32 SE porro bins are as near...

For me the Nikon 8x32 SE porro bins are as near perfect as you could reasonably expect BUT they are not waterproof and the rubber eyecups are not up to modern standards.
Forum: Conservation Saturday 29th December 2018, 21:58
Replies: 41
Views: 1,839
Posted By John Cantelo
For goodness sake, he's been at the top of his...

For goodness sake, he's been at the top of his game for decades during which he's been in numerous programmes as a high profile TV personality/presenter, has written books, has written the odd bit of...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 15th December 2018, 09:45
Replies: 199
Views: 49,993
Posted By John Cantelo
I see NHBS list a couple more interesting books...

I see NHBS list a couple more interesting books promised for 2019 -

Rebirding Rewilding Britain and its Birds by Benedict Macdonald (Pelagic Publishing) in March.
Red Coats and Wild Birds: How...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 14th December 2018, 22:24
Replies: 199
Views: 49,993
Posted By John Cantelo
According to the NHBS website in Sept 2019...

According to the NHBS website in Sept 2019 Collins are producing a one volume field guide style "Birds of the World" (640pp 280 plates 25,000 illustrations covering 10,000 species) for 74.99. It's...
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