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Forum: UK Rarity Gallery Saturday 30th September 2017, 13:57
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Views: 2,898
Posted By IanF
Scops Owl - Ryhope, County Durham

Known to birders the last few days, though from locals as an unidentified bird it may have been present for several weeks. A new county record.

1&2 Nikon P900
3&4 Canon 7D+Canon 400mm f5,6
Forum: Bird Behaviour Saturday 27th May 2017, 21:02
Replies: 3
Views: 966
Posted By IanF
Two things I'd consider. Stop putting food out...

Two things I'd consider.

Stop putting food out on the ground for a couple of weeks. After a few days they'll soon realise they're not going to be fed. If you keep providing them food they'll still...
Forum: Nikon Saturday 27th May 2017, 19:27
Replies: 936
Views: 414,158
Posted By IanF
When I first got my P900 I was a little...

When I first got my P900 I was a little disappointed with the image quality lacking clarity/contrast. Adding a Hoya UV filter eliminated the problem. I wouldn't use the camera without now. Photos are...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Saturday 8th April 2017, 17:55
Replies: 6
Views: 2,868
Posted By IanF
Thanks. I think the same myself. I've not...

Thanks. I think the same myself. I've not actually found a scheme where they mix the size of the colour rings.

I've re-sent the sighting to the BTO with a couple of photos. Hopefully they'll get...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Saturday 8th April 2017, 06:06
Replies: 6
Views: 2,868
Posted By IanF
Could be. The brown rings are a little odd as...

Could be. The brown rings are a little odd as well. I don't think anyone uses them as far as I can tell. They could be discloloured.
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Friday 7th April 2017, 17:36
Replies: 6
Views: 2,868
Posted By IanF
Thanks for the response. Not sure that's the...

Thanks for the response.

Not sure that's the scheme though.

Definite large lime and dark green on this bird. No obvious blue ring either which would always be present for that scheme.
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Thursday 6th April 2017, 19:48
Replies: 6
Views: 2,868
Posted By IanF
Pied Avocet - RSPB Saltholme - which colour ring scheme?

I saw this Avocet yesterday at RSPB Saltholme.

Ring details appear to be -

Left tibia - Large lime above small brown

Right tibia - Small brown above large dark green. Metal on tarsus


It's not...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Thursday 6th April 2017, 19:21
Replies: 247
Views: 88,346
Posted By IanF
We get a couple of birds each year from North...

We get a couple of birds each year from North Cotes which I always report but I've yet to receive a reply from that contact address.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 14th February 2017, 17:31
Replies: 3
Views: 654
Posted By IanF
Thanks for the reply. We were leaning that way...

Thanks for the reply.

We were leaning that way but with it being such a pale bird compared to the rest of the Wigeon we weren't entirely certain.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 13th February 2017, 13:38
Replies: 3
Views: 654
Posted By IanF
Wigeon ID - American or Euarasian - RSPB Saltholme

A very pale Wigeon on Saltholme Pools this morning.

Unfortunately views weren't that good as it was mostly asleep. When it did briefly lift it's head, a male Wigeon moved in front of it.

We...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Saturday 24th December 2016, 21:11
Replies: 6
Views: 1,539
Posted By IanF
Combination sounds very similar to those used for...

Combination sounds very similar to those used for Curlew in my area. Several hundred ringed over the last 30 yrs or so on Seal Sands. The metal ring is usually obscured by the colour ring. Five...
Forum: UK Rarity Gallery Monday 10th October 2016, 12:20
Replies: 0
Views: 5,187
Posted By IanF
Red-flanked Bluetail - Hartlepool, UK

Found on the beach last night by Colin Dodsworth and initially still in the same spot this morning. Late morning at 11.17 I saw it fly over the sea wall towards the Croft. It was soon relocated in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd June 2016, 21:14
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By IanF
Thanks guys :t:

Thanks guys :t:
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd June 2016, 21:03
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By IanF
Wader - Billingham, Cleveland, UK

Seen this evening. Three birds on tidal mud flats.

I suspect Wood Sandpiper but I'm unsure.

Photos taken at extreme distance in poor light.
Forum: Monthly Photo Competition Details Sunday 1st May 2016, 14:40
Replies: 3
Views: 23,456
Posted By IanF
Nothing planned. Interest appeared to be waning....

Nothing planned.

Interest appeared to be waning. Monthly entries were continually dropping and likewise with the numbers of voting members.
Forum: Canon Saturday 23rd April 2016, 21:47
Replies: 2,260
Views: 815,080
Posted By IanF
I think the metering is out as well. As standard...

I think the metering is out as well. As standard I use -0.3 EV which I find is ample adjustment in normal lighting conditions.
Forum: Cleveland Friday 18th March 2016, 21:00
Replies: 289
Views: 70,502
Posted By IanF
I think Friday 5th February was the first...

I think Friday 5th February was the first sighting. Seen at the Wildlife Watchpoint.

Lately they've been seen most often in the reed bed opposite the fire station. You have to view from the narrow...
Forum: Durham Saturday 25th July 2015, 18:24
Replies: 17,263
Views: 4,048,899
Posted By IanF
Little Owl x4 were showing well at Wingate Quarry...

Little Owl x4 were showing well at Wingate Quarry on Thursday.
Forum: Cleveland Monday 22nd June 2015, 10:08
Replies: 289
Views: 70,502
Posted By IanF
It was there on Thursday 18th. Found late morning...

It was there on Thursday 18th. Found late morning by a visitor at the Wildlife Watchpoint and identified by staff in the visitor centre from photos he took.

The reserve stayed open late until...
Forum: Canon Saturday 20th June 2015, 18:23
Replies: 2,260
Views: 815,080
Posted By IanF
I still use mine a fair bit. Approaching three...

I still use mine a fair bit. Approaching three years old and I've had no issues so far despite being dropped several times.

It's gone round the clock a good few times but I've no idea how many it's...
Forum: Durham Thursday 18th June 2015, 21:33
Replies: 17,263
Views: 4,048,899
Posted By IanF
A couple of photos of the newest first for...

A couple of photos of the newest first for Cleveland/Durham.

Squacco Heron at RSPB Saltholme today.
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Sunday 1st February 2015, 08:08
Replies: 10
Views: 2,922
Posted By IanF
We use mostly sunflower chips. They're cheaper...

We use mostly sunflower chips. They're cheaper and there's less clogging of feeder ports.
Forum: Cleveland Saturday 31st January 2015, 06:18
Replies: 928
Views: 161,037
Posted By IanF
Yesterday was a fine bright sunny morning if a...

Yesterday was a fine bright sunny morning if a little chilly. The ground was frozen solid which was just as well with the way the paths have been so muddy.

Car park area - usual Tree Sparrows,...
Forum: Cleveland Wednesday 31st December 2014, 13:09
Replies: 289
Views: 70,502
Posted By IanF
They've been there most days with 1-4 present....

They've been there most days with 1-4 present.

There was no sign of any this morning when I had a look, though they may have been located since I left. There were two seen yesterday.
Forum: Cleveland Wednesday 24th December 2014, 19:25
Replies: 928
Views: 161,037
Posted By IanF
A nice sunny morning for a wander over to the...

A nice sunny morning for a wander over to the lake and back. Plenty of birds around today. It was nice seeing a drake Goldeneye on the lake especially as it gave close views. Very similar to one that...
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