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Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 16th November 2019, 07:55
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
Too far to see in the gloom. I just got the shape...

Too far to see in the gloom. I just got the shape & distinctive flight, not any plumage details. But it's surprising, seeing a bird so out of context, how your brain makes the connection - and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 15th November 2019, 20:46
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
A hell of a way - almost exactly mid way between...

A hell of a way - almost exactly mid way between Liverpool and Spurn - c. 100kms - so a Gannet is amazing.
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 15th November 2019, 20:15
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
Yes, gobsmacked, and later refound SW of here at...

Yes, gobsmacked, and later refound SW of here at a reservoir.
Probably garden bird of the year for me!
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 15th November 2019, 14:04
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
GANNET !!!!! (Unless a Brown Booby is found...

GANNET !!!!! (Unless a Brown Booby is found locally!)

Flew steadily NW about 1km away in the rain!!!!!

WTVF!!!
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 14th November 2019, 19:40
Replies: 10
Views: 245
Posted By halftwo
Might be Los Alamos Country Park, where they hop...

Might be Los Alamos Country Park, where they hop around your feet[/QUOTE]

It must have been near there, as we stayed at Los Alamos that night, though I didn't go to the park itself.
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 14th November 2019, 16:55
Replies: 10
Views: 245
Posted By halftwo
OK: Yosemite for Mtn.Quail, Big Sur for Condor -...

OK: Yosemite for Mtn.Quail, Big Sur for Condor - had some perched views just near the coast road.

San Simeon to Morro Bay: Elephant Seals & Californian Sea Lions. Morro Bay for Black Oystercatcher,...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 13th November 2019, 20:41
Replies: 10
Views: 245
Posted By halftwo
Condors I can help you with, BBB, I'll dig out my...

Condors I can help you with, BBB, I'll dig out my notebook. Back soon - remind me if I don't come back within 36 hrs.

Where are you planning on going exactly?
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 12th November 2019, 17:35
Replies: 9
Views: 547
Posted By halftwo
Works on my Android phone.

Works on my Android phone.
Forum: Your Birding Day Tuesday 12th November 2019, 17:24
Replies: 1
Views: 101
Posted By halftwo
Dusk

Ashy dusk descending and the Kestrel crucifies itself against the sky. Head down. Preying.
Evening breezes bend the leaf-stripped birches as a Roe Deer's rear, lamp-bright in the undergrowth, blinks...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 11th November 2019, 08:43
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
Can I have wader sp on my list? 12 waders just...

Can I have wader sp on my list?

12 waders just flew past - too distant for positive id - most likely Black-tailed Godwits.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Saturday 26th October 2019, 11:13
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
Carol, I'm sure she won't mind me saying, has had...

Carol, I'm sure she won't mind me saying, has had to pull out of the trip, due to a recent accident.

It does seem that Birdquest are currently scheduling tours which include the Yabello region - so...
Forum: Your Birding Day Thursday 3rd October 2019, 09:11
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By halftwo
Cheers, Stuart.

Cheers, Stuart.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 30th September 2019, 22:29
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
That's one well-deserved garden bird!!

That's one well-deserved garden bird!!
Forum: Your Birding Day Monday 30th September 2019, 09:04
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By halftwo
Cowpats

Grey Wagtails strut the cowpat-slapped and puddle-pocked stretch under the iron ribs of the emptied hay bale holder - a picked-clean corpse on its back in the rain.
On the horizon a solitary shaft of...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Friday 27th September 2019, 00:04
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
Another company has said they've been there...

Another company has said they've been there several times this year, since the trouble - it seems to be very changeable.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Wednesday 25th September 2019, 16:05
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
We can assess the situation as the weeks/months...

We can assess the situation as the weeks/months go. She also said that things change rapidly in Ethiopia generally.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Wednesday 25th September 2019, 11:26
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
One tour company kindly replied to one of many...

One tour company kindly replied to one of many enquiries regarding safety in the Yabello region:

'In the last few weeks there has been some trouble - with even some tourist cars attacked. The army...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 25th September 2019, 11:23
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
Just stepped out of the house and two 77:...

Just stepped out of the house and two

77: Goldeneye

flew over in the gloom.

Mipits still pouring through, Ken!
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 24th September 2019, 10:17
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
I know - we almost met up - remember!?

I know - we almost met up - remember!?
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 24th September 2019, 09:36
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
I'll be in Brazil again, the week after, back...

I'll be in Brazil again, the week after, back about the same time.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 24th September 2019, 08:38
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
I've just emailed another tour operator to ask...

I've just emailed another tour operator to ask their opinion of the area. I can't see anything to suggest unrest/unsafe travel there.

Incidentally the cost of my chosen flight has dropped a little...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Monday 23rd September 2019, 16:26
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
Foreign Office advice against travel doesn't...

Foreign Office advice against travel doesn't include Yabello - Mega area.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Monday 23rd September 2019, 16:18
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
Yes, Jos, all that occurred to me. I'll do some...

Yes, Jos, all that occurred to me. I'll do some digging. I really would like to do the Yabello area, for many birds, especially the Bushcrow.

PS. Daniel replied: he's no further info. - but his trip...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Monday 23rd September 2019, 07:46
Replies: 230
Views: 13,547
Posted By halftwo
Had word from the ground agents last...

Had word from the ground agents last night.

They say the situation in the Yabello region is not safe at the moment, but could be different by February. I've asked for further clarification and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 18th September 2019, 17:39
Replies: 730
Views: 35,698
Posted By halftwo
Not that I know of - just the usual birders'...

Not that I know of - just the usual birders' abbreviation/laziness!
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