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Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 9th August 2018, 20:54
Replies: 137
Views: 12,300
Posted By jurek
My opinion about changing borders of Western...

My opinion about changing borders of Western Palearctic:

Western Palearctic and sharp borders of it is a purely practical definition, not an objective or scientific one, for reasons which I given in...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 3rd August 2018, 23:26
Replies: 28
Views: 780
Posted By jurek
In the field, Black-faced Solitaire made the...

In the field, Black-faced Solitaire made the biggest impression on me. Probably because it sings very loudly, and in the evening, when it is relatively...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 28th July 2018, 17:30
Replies: 481
Views: 114,555
Posted By jurek
There is also an updated edition of Walkers...

There is also an updated edition of Walkers Mammals of The World:
https://www.nhbs.com/series/walkers-mammals-of-the-world

Unfortunately it covers only small part of mammals, and it is not clear if...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st July 2018, 09:17
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By jurek
Ring-necked parakeets and several related...

Ring-necked parakeets and several related parakeets are bright green, live in cities in central India, and may appear to glow when lighted by street lights or similar.

I hope you came across much...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 7th June 2018, 22:37
Replies: 9
Views: 1,570
Posted By jurek
Hi Ross, Nice reports! We had our own share of...

Hi Ross,
Nice reports!

We had our own share of mis-adventures with guides in Andasibe. I still don't like Madagascar and African approach for overcharging tourists for visiting national parks and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 5th June 2018, 21:22
Replies: 15
Views: 1,384
Posted By jurek
Did you take your binoculars to Algeria or Karim...

Did you take your binoculars to Algeria or Karim provided them?
Forum: Mammals Tuesday 5th June 2018, 21:20
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By jurek
Not a mole, moles are black. Most likely a Water...

Not a mole, moles are black. Most likely a Water Vole, but Field and Common Voles are also considerably bigger and fatter than Bank Vole.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 5th June 2018, 16:03
Replies: 121
Views: 23,399
Posted By jurek
That's the problem - it should not be necessary...

That's the problem - it should not be necessary to check...



I humbly accept there are lots of birders better than me. Every time I can meet one, I am looking forward to it.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 5th June 2018, 14:52
Replies: 121
Views: 23,399
Posted By jurek
Lets say that almost every Western birder will be...

Lets say that almost every Western birder will be faced with lots of endemics in Indonesia (especially Sulawesi and Sundas) which ne never saw in his life before. Not everybody is a specialized bird...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 5th June 2018, 10:55
Replies: 121
Views: 23,399
Posted By jurek
There is now: ;) Review of 'Birds of the...

There is now: ;)

Review of 'Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago'.
A book ruined by its layout

This book will be likely popular, because it fills a hole on the market there is currently no field...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Thursday 31st May 2018, 14:17
Replies: 9
Views: 780
Posted By jurek
There will be no standard as long as there is an...

There will be no standard as long as there is an incentive not to have a standard. There is no point pretending there is no politcal factor in bird taxonomy.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 31st May 2018, 14:05
Replies: 121
Views: 23,399
Posted By jurek
For the purpose of reaching wide public, a free...

For the purpose of reaching wide public, a free app would be far better than a paper book.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 26th May 2018, 10:50
Replies: 9
Views: 780
Posted By jurek
Total number of bird species can grow...

Total number of bird species can grow indefinitely, to the total number of subspecies and more. There is no reason why bird populations which we consider laughably similar, e.g. English and Irish...
Forum: Cetaceans & Marine Life Friday 25th May 2018, 10:31
Replies: 79
Views: 5,018
Posted By jurek
Are you sure it is the same walrus? That one...

Are you sure it is the same walrus?

That one seems to have slightly longer tusks and a small circular scar on the upper right flank.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnW-HqfLBc4

The one on Paul's...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 16:49
Replies: 48
Views: 3,904
Posted By jurek
When I looked at hundreds of Dutch birders...

When I looked at hundreds of Dutch birders standing orderly in line watching a rarity, I sometimes wondered: what if somebody just ignored the unspoken agreement and came close?

I came to two...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 16:39
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By jurek
The matter is not about lack of laws but about...

The matter is not about lack of laws but about enforcement of laws. Changing nature protection laws into right-based laws does not improve enforcement. Actually it may weaken the enforcement, because...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 19th May 2018, 22:39
Replies: 70
Views: 3,159
Posted By jurek
Thanks Paul! It brings warm memories of our trip...

Thanks Paul!

It brings warm memories of our trip last year. We took a 4WD and booked a flat in Stephansminda via Airbnb. We had snowcocks, black grouse, ibex and wallcreeper. I filmed great...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 14th May 2018, 13:25
Replies: 11
Views: 539
Posted By jurek
It is a normal blue tit which fluffed its...

It is a normal blue tit which fluffed its feathers. White bases of yellow belly feathers are exposed. The bird looks to the right of the photo, and shadow makes the cap look dark. Left of the photo...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 14th May 2018, 13:21
Replies: 48
Views: 3,904
Posted By jurek
I think reserves should be contacted and give...

I think reserves should be contacted and give some regulations to photographers. Especially no blocking the view for others, no lingering for long period (when the hide fills up, establish one-minute...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 12th May 2018, 21:53
Replies: 0
Views: 197
Posted By jurek
Sounds of European birds - not well described and little known ones

I recently realized that sounds of some European birds, even common ones, are not well or wrongly described in books.Just two examples:

Moorhen.
It gives lots of different calls. However, the...
Forum: Tips For New Birders Saturday 12th May 2018, 21:29
Replies: 26
Views: 2,271
Posted By jurek
For sounds themselves, I use Andreas Schulze,...

For sounds themselves, I use Andreas Schulze, Karl H Dingler: Die Vogelstimmen Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, 2 MP3-Discs: 819...
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 12th May 2018, 19:21
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By jurek
I only remember that one should take a big...

I only remember that one should take a big vessel, since small inflatable boats are so shaky that following birds is almost impossible.
Forum: Conservation Saturday 12th May 2018, 00:26
Replies: 12
Views: 912
Posted By jurek
I only hope that restrictions will not make it...

I only hope that restrictions will not make it (even) more difficult and expensive to visit South Georgia.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 12th May 2018, 00:24
Replies: 3
Views: 356
Posted By jurek
There is a sort of common belief they are local...

There is a sort of common belief they are local birds with hormone abnormalities, since modesta is smaller than alba. But I don't know how certain it is. I met such birds myself several times.
Forum: Tips For New Birders Saturday 12th May 2018, 00:18
Replies: 26
Views: 2,271
Posted By jurek
Like most people who started birding before the...

Like most people who started birding before the time of portable sound players and when any bird recordings were hard to get, I learned local bird sounds this way. However, as Hauksen pointed, it is...
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