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Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 11th November 2018, 19:34
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
Most of the passage here has been NW for sometime...

Most of the passage here has been NW for sometime too, regardless of wind direction- or no wind.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 30th October 2018, 16:03
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
OK, I'm going to forget this for 2019 and will...

OK, I'm going to forget this for 2019 and will resurrect this thread for a February 2020 trip, for about two weeks, probably around July next year.

Watch this space!
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 26th October 2018, 16:34
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
Wintery here today - so appropriately enough the...

Wintery here today - so appropriately enough the sound of a

Brambling

overhead this afternoon was good to hear.
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 24th October 2018, 10:57
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
Ha ha! V good.

Ha ha! V good.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Wednesday 24th October 2018, 07:49
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
I could stretch this trip to two weeks for 2019:...

I could stretch this trip to two weeks for 2019: it seems more appealing for everyone: it's a little short notice I know - but would need some real commitment from others before I book anything....
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 14:41
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
Right, I think I'm reluctantly going to postpone...

Right, I think I'm reluctantly going to postpone this trip until the next February: ie 2020.

Air fares seem to be on the up - and Ethiopian's direct Manchester - Addis have seemingly sold out....
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Friday 19th October 2018, 21:18
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
Thanks, DMW.

Thanks, DMW.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Friday 19th October 2018, 18:22
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
Sure: it all helps. Lots of mammals to see:...

Sure: it all helps.

Lots of mammals to see: noticed Lion is on the Awash list - which surprised me.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 18th October 2018, 21:40
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
OK, having done some more research: it appears...

OK, having done some more research: it appears that it isn't possible to self-drive in Ethiopia. It is illegal. But: hiring a 4x4 with driver between 3 or 4 might still be affordable.
And, it seems...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 18th October 2018, 14:09
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
It's odd, I saw one at 323 the other day and...

It's odd, I saw one at 323 the other day and 338 this morning, but the Ethiopian website won't work on phone or iPad!
Skyscanner is quoting 479 via Istanbul and 557 direct - frankly I'd rather...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Thursday 18th October 2018, 09:37
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
OK, we have a few interested now - so I've had a...

OK, we have a few interested now - so I've had a look at my dates.
Basically, depending on which leave I take I can either do any NINE days between :

Jan 27th and Feb 17th, or
Feb 10th and Mar...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th October 2018, 12:40
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
You needed Corncrake and got it in your...

You needed Corncrake and got it in your garden!!?

Wow, Dan!

Two garden year ticks for me today - when was the last one? - first 4 Whooper Swans over, then a Red Kite - had to dash back home for...
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Wednesday 17th October 2018, 09:28
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
I'm a little flexible - anytime in February...

I'm a little flexible - anytime in February really.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 16th October 2018, 22:29
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
Will do, Andy.

Will do, Andy.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 16th October 2018, 21:20
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
Hi Andy, Basically I'm time-constrained, so want...

Hi Andy,

Basically I'm time-constrained, so want to concentrate on a few sites: Awash, Bale, etc, without adding 3 or 4 times the distance for, say, twice the birds.
I've not gone into detail yet...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 16th October 2018, 13:31
Replies: 0
Views: 171
Posted By halftwo
Self-drive Ethiopia?

Anyone any ideas if it is now possible to self drive in Ethiopia - I believe things are improving road & accommodation wise there and this might now be possible?

Thanks.

H
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Tuesday 16th October 2018, 13:28
Replies: 29
Views: 1,181
Posted By halftwo
Ethiopia Feb 2019 independent budget

Just putting feelers out to assess the feasibility of a shortish trip (c9 days).

Trying to see if a self-drive independent trip is possible and NOT doing 1,000s of kms.

This would miss some of the...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Sunday 14th October 2018, 18:04
Replies: 61
Views: 6,260
Posted By halftwo
Very pertinent today - 1982 - Portland - just...

Very pertinent today - 1982 - Portland - just after the Savannah Sparrow (was lucky enough to be staying there when it was found) a shout went out and we all rushed out to observe a flock of Swifts...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Sunday 14th October 2018, 17:13
Replies: 55
Views: 2,569
Posted By halftwo
After it made the newspapers and birders talked...

After it made the newspapers and birders talked about it - a friend and I went to Sandbach Flashes for a Purple Gallinule - it had gone by a week or two - and turned out to be an escape.
That was c...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th October 2018, 12:04
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
Nowt new here - just back from Brazil - though 2...

Nowt new here - just back from Brazil - though 2 Redpolls flew over yesterday.
The Redwings are much in evidence now.
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 10th September 2018, 19:40
Replies: 13
Views: 732
Posted By halftwo
If you've not been too Dao Ang Kang and the...

If you've not been too Dao Ang Kang and the surrounding areas around the Thai / Myanmar border in the north west - NW of Chiang Rai, then head there. Absolutely knockout.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 9th September 2018, 18:30
Replies: 2
Views: 188
Posted By halftwo
It's a Dunlin, Gareth.

It's a Dunlin, Gareth.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 30th August 2018, 08:13
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
An extreme addition for me this am: LITTLE EGRET...

An extreme addition for me this am:

LITTLE EGRET !!
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 26th August 2018, 15:11
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
Your getting garden birds I have no expectation...

Your getting garden birds I have no expectation of seeing anywhere!!
But it's actually raining here today!
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 23rd August 2018, 11:07
Replies: 655
Views: 44,237
Posted By halftwo
Amazing, Mark! I couldn't believe your photo! You...

Amazing, Mark! I couldn't believe your photo! You have green vegetation! With less than 5mm of rain since April all we have is brown.
The Water Rail is quite something too.
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