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Forum: Norfolk Sunday 19th January 2020, 06:17
Replies: 0
Views: 177
Posted By earlytorise
Norfolk: someone to show me around, get lifers

Hello. My name is Ton, and I am a birder living in Oxford.

It seems that this has been a fantastic winter for birding in Norfolk so far, and I am tempted to go there in the very near future....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 10th January 2020, 06:22
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By earlytorise
Gull in Hong Kong today: ID pls

I took these pictures in Hong Kong today. I'd welcome any advice on how to identify this! (I can't remember if the third photo shows the same individual as the first two.)

My guess would be a second...
Forum: Gulls Friday 10th January 2020, 06:17
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By earlytorise
Gull in Hong Kong today: ID pls

I took these pictures in Hong Kong today. I'd welcome any advice on how to identify this! (I can't remember if the third photo shows the same individual as the first two.)

My guess would be a second...
Forum: UK & Ireland County By County Patches Tuesday 7th January 2020, 05:56
Replies: 1
Views: 181
Posted By earlytorise
how to get good daytime views of Woodcock?

How can I get really good views of Woodcock in the UK?

Roding at sunset is not enough - a photographable bird in the daytime would be much preferred. (I suppose I wouldn't mind one sitting...
Forum: UK & Ireland County By County Patches Tuesday 19th November 2019, 11:59
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By earlytorise
feeding table with reliable Willow Tit? England

Please recommend a few sites in England where there is a feeding station or bird table that reliably attracts Willow Tit in the winter.

Or maybe one that attracts both Willow and Marsh Tit?

I am...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 7th November 2019, 09:05
Replies: 3
Views: 536
Posted By earlytorise
UK warbler: Yellow-browed/Hume's?

From these mediocre photos, which were taken in Yorkshire last week, is it possible to say with certainty that this is a Yellow-browed Warbler and not a Hume's? Sadly it was too long ago for me to...
Forum: UK & Ireland County By County Patches Friday 26th April 2019, 10:27
Replies: 2
Views: 1,363
Posted By earlytorise
Nightingale, see and hear: recommendations?

I wish to see and hear a Nightingale this spring. I live in Oxford and can spare at most three days for this purpose.

Which sites would you recommend? And when should I go?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 4th December 2018, 15:48
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By earlytorise
Scaup or Tufted Duck? Hong Kong

I found this duck in San Tin, northern Hong Kong, today. Is this a Greater Scaup? (leftmost in the first picture)

I am bit confused about how to distinguish female Scaup from Tufted Duck. How thick...
Forum: Opticron Monday 5th November 2018, 19:34
Replies: 1
Views: 838
Posted By earlytorise
ES v4 scope vs HR?

Optically, how does the HR 80 GA ED compare with the ES 80 GA ED v4?
(I have only seen comparisons with v3 on the Forum, not with the most recent ES.)

I'm interested in comparing

sharpness,...
Forum: Spotting Scopes & tripod/heads Thursday 1st November 2018, 15:59
Replies: 1
Views: 624
Posted By earlytorise
Hawke Sapphire vs cheaper scopes?

I have been offered a used Hawke Sapphire 82 mm ED for an interesting price, and since there are hardly any reviews of that scope on the Internet, I thought I might put the question here:


How does...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 29th September 2018, 08:14
Replies: 6
Views: 180
Posted By earlytorise
Flycatcher Hong Kong

This flycatcher was found in Hong Kong today. Somebody near me said that it looked like a Taiga Flycatcher: is that correct?

Thanks!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 28th September 2018, 10:41
Replies: 2
Views: 166
Posted By earlytorise
Ducks: Mai Po, Hong Kong

This flock of ducks was found in Mai Po (HK) today. Are they Wigeon?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 13th September 2018, 09:19
Replies: 2
Views: 290
Posted By earlytorise
Hong Kong, September, leaf warblers

All these pictures were taken today (13 September) in Ho Man Tin (HK).

Are they Pale-legged/Sakhalin? (The last picture shows a separate bird, the rest show the same one.)

Thanks!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 9th September 2018, 11:43
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By earlytorise
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher: female vs immature male?

As far as the Yellow-rumped Flycatcher is concerned, is there any observable difference between females and immature (say, first-winter) males? I've seen a few YRF in female plumage this autumn, but...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 6th September 2018, 08:05
Replies: 22
Views: 1,516
Posted By earlytorise
Why is Kentish Plover called Kentish?

Why is Kentish Plover called Kentish?

Nothing to do with Kent, I should imagine?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 30th August 2018, 09:57
Replies: 10
Views: 489
Posted By earlytorise
shorebirds Korea August

These pictures were all taken in Incheon near Seoul in late August. I haven't had much experience identifying waders so I'd be grateful for confirmation.

1) Intermediate Egret?
2) Vega Gull?
3)...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 12th April 2018, 12:18
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By earlytorise
Which of the sand plovers: HK

I went to Wetland Park (HK) today. The photograph is admittedly a little blurry: is it possible to say that this is a Greater rather than Lesser Sand Plover?

Thanks!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 21st March 2018, 14:10
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By earlytorise
HK: this a Besra? and why?

I photographed this in Tai Po Kau, Hong Kong, at 9 am today. I am not familiar with these sorts of raptors. Could somebody say whether this is a Besra, and how one can tell? Many thanks!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 14th January 2018, 18:09
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By earlytorise
Which warbler? (Oxford UK)

What sort of warbler is this, which I found today at Oxford (where the Canal meets Port Meadow, if anyone is interested)?

Chiffchaff perhaps?

Thanks!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 8th January 2018, 03:09
Replies: 0
Views: 312
Posted By earlytorise
Mugimaki (HK) - female or not?

I saw this today in Hong Kong. Is there enough in this photo to point to a female Mugimaki flycatcher (rather than an immature one, say)?

One can just make out the white wing bars in the picture...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 09:08
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By earlytorise
Hong Kong - looks like a shoveler?

Does this duck, found today in Mai Po (HK), suggest a Northern Shoveler or some hybrid of it? Perhaps the quality of the photo is to blame, but the colours (especially on the face) do not fit a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th October 2017, 23:17
Replies: 1
Views: 226
Posted By earlytorise
stonechat? Oxford

This was found in Oxford today. Does the bill seem too stubby for Stonechat? (The angle of the shot may have played tricks.) Also, if it is a Stonechat, can one be sure that it is a female? Thanks...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th October 2017, 22:48
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By earlytorise
Unclear pipit: Oxford

I thought that this was a Meadow Pipit when I saw it in Oxford today, but do these photos show enough detail to determine that?



Many thanks!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th October 2017, 22:39
Replies: 2
Views: 389
Posted By earlytorise
Gull overhead: Oxford

I haven't the requisite skill to identify gulls by their underwings. These two pictures taken today in Oxford made me think of Herring or either Black-backed, but I am not certain. Thanks if anyone...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 2nd October 2017, 21:30
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By earlytorise
Thanks, I'm grateful for the detailed advice!

Thanks, I'm grateful for the detailed advice!
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