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Forum: News From Birding & Nature Organisations Friday 30th August 2019, 14:30
Replies: 42
Views: 10,817
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm less interested in where the blame lies than...

I'm less interested in where the blame lies than doing something about those issues, such as free-ranging cats, where we both know what the problems are and how they can be relatively simply...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 30th August 2019, 08:21
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By John Cantelo
My experience of the group is limited to...

My experience of the group is limited to Fan-tailed Warbler but my understanding is that even with good photos you really need to note vocalisations to be 100% certain of some IDs. I'm sure someone...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 27th August 2019, 22:13
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By John Cantelo
No, I mean 2017 as I'm writing the BoPs section...

No, I mean 2017 as I'm writing the BoPs section of the Kent bird report & want to know if the large movement of kites in the county was reflected by figures in Sussex.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 27th August 2019, 12:39
Replies: 21
Views: 801
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm referring to the first shot. However, I...

I'm referring to the first shot. However, I admit I'm not too hot on primary spacing and emarginations so those that are may well be able to rule out Iberian Chiffchaff.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 27th August 2019, 07:59
Replies: 21
Views: 801
Posted By John Cantelo
On leg colour, overall colouration and its...

On leg colour, overall colouration and its supercilium (very yellowish in front of the eye but whiter behind), this looks good for Iberian Chiffchaff. However, I have to agree that the primary...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Saturday 24th August 2019, 09:23
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By John Cantelo
Movement of Red Kites in Sussex May 2017

Has anyone access to reports of Red Kites from Sussex in late May? Exceptional numbers were reported from Kent on 25th and I assume they came along the chalk ridge into Kent via Sussex but numbers...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 23rd August 2019, 14:54
Replies: 282
Views: 67,496
Posted By John Cantelo
It'll be good to see Faansie Peacock's consummate...

It'll be good to see Faansie Peacock's consummate artwork reaching a wider audience. It makes me hope that he might just be persuaded to revisit his superbly illustrated, uniquely well-designed and...
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Friday 23rd August 2019, 11:33
Replies: 36
Views: 1,914
Posted By John Cantelo
Spot on.

Spot on.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Wednesday 21st August 2019, 12:14
Replies: 55
Views: 3,146
Posted By John Cantelo
Thank you for managing to post the photos as my...

Thank you for managing to post the photos as my last post requested. I'm happy to agree that they show Honey Buzzards.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 20th August 2019, 12:03
Replies: 55
Views: 3,146
Posted By John Cantelo
It's a sad state of affairs when the debate over...

It's a sad state of affairs when the debate over the identification of a bird reaches such a low ebb that people are threatened. Sadder still when the whole matter could (& should) be resolved by...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 16:15
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm in the area next month - is it still around?

I'm in the area next month - is it still around?
Forum: News From Birding & Nature Organisations Friday 16th August 2019, 06:03
Replies: 42
Views: 10,817
Posted By John Cantelo
I've never been able to understand the mentality...

I've never been able to understand the mentality of people who think it's OK to release cats to wander into their neighbours' gardens whether or not they may like it. To me, it seems inconsiderate...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th August 2019, 13:25
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By John Cantelo
Identifying Thekla's/Crested is never easy and...

Identifying Thekla's/Crested is never easy and some birds can be better left unidentified. To my eye, the bill, which I always find the most reliable feature, looks better for Thekla particularly in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 6th August 2019, 17:36
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By John Cantelo
A Hobby - I've lightened the image so you can see...

A Hobby - I've lightened the image so you can see its plumage (esp. moustache) more clearly.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 6th August 2019, 11:27
Replies: 55
Views: 3,146
Posted By John Cantelo
Whilst I can readily understand your annoyance...

Whilst I can readily understand your annoyance that others are doubting your report, given the history of misidentifications of HB (even by those representing themselves as experts) and the species'...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 29th July 2019, 18:19
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By John Cantelo
This begs the question why, unlike almost all...

This begs the question why, unlike almost all sparrows, male and female Tree Sparrow aren't distinctly different ....
Forum: Others Friday 26th July 2019, 16:29
Replies: 40
Views: 3,455
Posted By John Cantelo
The configurations that interest me are the...

The configurations that interest me are the 10x42s and, perhaps more so, the 10x50s. If the latter remain pleasant ergonomically then would they be a good alternative to 'higher quality' optics but...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Friday 26th July 2019, 05:15
Replies: 55
Views: 3,146
Posted By John Cantelo
Hope to see you there! With regard to HB...

Hope to see you there! With regard to HB identification, I can think of few species where a little experience makes so much difference.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 18:09
Replies: 14
Views: 488
Posted By John Cantelo
Steve & Jon got there before me but my instant...

Steve & Jon got there before me but my instant reaction was also Night Heron - it certainly isn't a bird of prey.
Forum: Birds Of Prey Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 07:42
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By John Cantelo
Pallid Harrier breeds in Spain

After a mixed Montagu'sxPallid pairing some years ago, a pair of Pallid Harriers have bred in northern Span this year. Remarkably one of the birds had rings which identified it as young from the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 07:36
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By John Cantelo
The bill shape fairly screams "Crested!"

The bill shape fairly screams "Crested!"
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 19th July 2019, 18:22
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By John Cantelo
It's often tricky to judge wing formulae on a...

It's often tricky to judge wing formulae on a flying bird from a single photo but in this case, it looks spot-on for a Common Kestrel. The tail shape, however, isn't a consistent guide (particularly...
Forum: Vortex Monday 15th July 2019, 06:55
Replies: 11
Views: 1,137
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm not entirely sure that 8x42s weighing in at...

I'm not entirely sure that 8x42s weighing in at 32 oz can reasonably be described as 'lightweight' as some rival instruments are 20-25% lighter. Interestingly this video -...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 20:38
Replies: 770
Views: 118,897
Posted By John Cantelo
A two-seater Spitfire is a familiar site to...

A two-seater Spitfire is a familiar site to birders at Bockhill (east of Dover) as flying over the white cliffs there is a regular jaunt for those with a few thousand quid to spare.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 14th July 2019, 16:31
Replies: 770
Views: 118,897
Posted By John Cantelo
.. a similarly welcome sight for SOE agents in WW2

.. a similarly welcome sight for SOE agents in WW2
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