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Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 20:18
Replies: 804
Views: 33,636
Posted By Simon Wates
I think all smokers, wherever they are from, know...

I think all smokers, wherever they are from, know this :smoke:




Prophecy...? or just an unfortunate (or maybe malicious :-O ) pun?
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 14:03
Replies: 804
Views: 33,636
Posted By Simon Wates
Of course, caution should be in place - just in...

Of course, caution should be in place - just in case things get really bad....BUT, doing a little simple arithmetic reveals that worldwide, 1 in 2,700,000 people have sadly died from this virus.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 13:06
Replies: 16
Views: 582
Posted By Simon Wates
One more for Thekla´s -even though the paler...

One more for Thekla´s -even though the paler parts of the head pattern are quite buffish instead of whitish.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 29th February 2020, 20:06
Replies: 15
Views: 274
Posted By Simon Wates
MY first impression is Thekla's Lark - though...

MY first impression is Thekla's Lark - though with a piccy like this it could be a Crested. The strong face pattern and general colour fits better for Thekla's. Just cannot see a Skylark....
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 29th February 2020, 10:18
Replies: 13
Views: 625
Posted By Simon Wates
Appreciate the plug Jono :t: though I have been...

Appreciate the plug Jono :t: though I have been slowing down my guiding to a stop recently, sort of a sabbatical ;) However, Thijs Valkenburg is providing services through our website and he is most...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 09:05
Replies: 17
Views: 370
Posted By Simon Wates
That's much better than Yellow Elder, which is...

That's much better than Yellow Elder, which is widely used.
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 09:03
Replies: 17
Views: 370
Posted By Simon Wates
Being more serious, surely there will be other...

Being more serious, surely there will be other environmental factors limiting them. Seems they need lots of nectar in vegetated areas on desert edge.
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 08:22
Replies: 17
Views: 370
Posted By Simon Wates
L.camara - one name is simply Common...

L.camara - one name is simply Common lantana

T.stans - misleading common name; Yellow elder

Both are so abundant down here around the Med - hard to find a garden without them :-O
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 08:18
Replies: 17
Views: 370
Posted By Simon Wates
Yes Nutty, Lantana camara "used in an aggregate...

Yes Nutty, Lantana camara "used in an aggregate sense for a complex of horticultural/weedy hybrids and closely related species" - but I didn't want to complicate the issue of simple ID or the fact...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 07:34
Replies: 17
Views: 370
Posted By Simon Wates
3: Lantana camara 4. Tecoma stans Both are not...

3: Lantana camara
4. Tecoma stans

Both are not native and are used in gardening around the world in areas with warmer climates.

It would be interesting to know what natural habitat/s they use, or...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Sunday 23rd February 2020, 10:33
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By Simon Wates
I have these in my collection, I would never have...

I have these in my collection, I would never have said they needed dramatising or be called a monster to be noteworthy :-O To me they are just gorgeous - but then I suppose I'm just a weird Haworthia...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 20th February 2020, 18:20
Replies: 13
Views: 507
Posted By Simon Wates
You are too kind - its obvious its a Goldcrest -...

You are too kind - its obvious its a Goldcrest - but I just looked at that orange fire and thought Firecrest!

Goldcrests are much more scarce in the Algarve. The odd winter we get small influxes,...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 20th February 2020, 18:18
Replies: 13
Views: 507
Posted By Simon Wates
A similar thing happens to male Rock Petronias -...

A similar thing happens to male Rock Petronias - on displaying they "open" their breast feathers like theatre curtains - I must say I was quite flabbergasted at the lemon-curd intensity ;) much as I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 20th February 2020, 15:05
Replies: 13
Views: 507
Posted By Simon Wates
Not at all Ken ;) Here in the Algarve, Firecrest...

Not at all Ken ;) Here in the Algarve, Firecrest is a regular, though not so common winter visitor - a birder living here should see them pretty regularly though - they occur inland but also along...
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Wednesday 19th February 2020, 19:46
Replies: 587
Views: 57,198
Posted By Simon Wates
White-fronted Goose?

White-fronted Goose?
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 19th February 2020, 17:53
Replies: 13
Views: 507
Posted By Simon Wates
They do this when alarmed or in courtship - its...

They do this when alarmed or in courtship - its fabulous to see and a surprise.
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Wednesday 19th February 2020, 17:52
Replies: 587
Views: 57,198
Posted By Simon Wates
Collared Dove?

Collared Dove?
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Saturday 15th February 2020, 20:29
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By Simon Wates
If you are keen on seeing all the breeding...

If you are keen on seeing all the breeding species, I would leave it till late April or the first days of May. Later species will be back properly by then. Also, it should be better for wader and...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Tuesday 11th February 2020, 09:46
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By Simon Wates
Ah, now I see, I would think that the bird is...

Ah, now I see, I would think that the bird is simply reacting to possible threats then. You should be able to observe where she goes, if you keep a low profile, and see where the nest is. Probably in...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Tuesday 11th February 2020, 07:31
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By Simon Wates
Thanks aeshna, Peganum harmala looks spot on. I...

Thanks aeshna, Peganum harmala looks spot on. I have learned a new plant and an new order ;) In my defence, the dried fruit of Prangos trifida look quite similar, there are some pretty bizarre...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Monday 10th February 2020, 18:53
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By Simon Wates
The leaves made me think of Crithmum too and the...

The leaves made me think of Crithmum too and the fruit made me think of the genus Prangos...hence my idea of an umbellifer.
Forum: Bird Behaviour Monday 10th February 2020, 17:55
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By Simon Wates
Cannot be a male then, they should be all in...

Cannot be a male then, they should be all in breeding adult type plumage now. Maybe this female is being territorial - no males around?
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Monday 10th February 2020, 17:46
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By Simon Wates
I'm guessing its an umbellifer (Apiaceae) - I had...

I'm guessing its an umbellifer (Apiaceae) - I had a quick look around this website to no avail, maybe a longer search could reveal it? http://www.floramaroccana.fr/apiaceae.html
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 9th February 2020, 21:54
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By Simon Wates
Looks like an imm.male in the photo taken last...

Looks like an imm.male in the photo taken last November, it should be looking very different now?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 9th February 2020, 21:52
Replies: 9
Views: 487
Posted By Simon Wates
You did well to find an Egyptian Vulture, there's...

You did well to find an Egyptian Vulture, there's not many around the region you visited (assuming this was your 3rd vulture?) Agree with Eurasian Black Vulture.
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