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Forum: Kowa Thursday 24th September 2020, 15:43
Replies: 18
Views: 895
Posted By John Cantelo
Can anyone explain to me how what appears to be a...

Can anyone explain to me how what appears to be a few $$ of plastic (or whatever material it's made from) can possibly justify a retail price of $150? It seems excessive in the extreme.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 19th September 2020, 15:00
Replies: 504
Views: 96,804
Posted By John Cantelo
Nor mine & it's only a week to my birthday (a big...

Nor mine & it's only a week to my birthday (a big one!).
Forum: Cameras And Photography Wednesday 16th September 2020, 11:02
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By John Cantelo
Having taken a look at the link the camera looks...

Having taken a look at the link the camera looks fine in theory but in use it doesn't seem very practical. Those buttons look rather too close together for larger hands and the handling a little...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 16th September 2020, 10:06
Replies: 1
Views: 127
Posted By John Cantelo
26 Wild Project - poetry meets conservation.

For those here who combine a love of poetry and verse with an interest in wildlife (particularly in the UK), I recommend looking at the 26 Wild Project (see https://26project.org.uk/26wild/). This...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 14th September 2020, 16:36
Replies: 80
Views: 8,456
Posted By John Cantelo
Hi Stuart, Good to hear from you. I looked in...

Hi Stuart,

Good to hear from you. I looked in Canterbury Cameras - see
https://www.canterburycameras.com/ - which is opposite the entrance to Waitrose. As the name suggests it's primarily a camera...
Forum: Swarovski Monday 14th September 2020, 14:39
Replies: 80
Views: 8,456
Posted By John Cantelo
As my local optics shop is opposite a supermarket...

As my local optics shop is opposite a supermarket I use, I nipped in today & asked about the availability of Swarovski NL Pure binoculars. They had a pair 8x42s but said that the 10x42 model...
Forum: Swarovski Saturday 5th September 2020, 16:35
Replies: 716
Views: 71,427
Posted By John Cantelo
I had a quick look at Swarovski's NL PURE 8x42...

I had a quick look at Swarovski's NL PURE 8x42 binoculars today - optically they're everything you'd expect with a great "walk-in" & very wide view, very sharp to the edge, bright, minimal...
Forum: Migration Friday 4th September 2020, 18:41
Replies: 2
Views: 204
Posted By John Cantelo
Great shots, Gerald. I wish I was there.

Great shots, Gerald. I wish I was there.
Forum: Binoculars Sunday 30th August 2020, 17:42
Replies: 71
Views: 3,573
Posted By John Cantelo
I don't care in the slightest how 'good looking'...

I don't care in the slightest how 'good looking' binoculars might be just that they're ergonomically designed, good to use and optically superb - aesthetics come a very long way behind.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 28th August 2020, 16:29
Replies: 504
Views: 96,804
Posted By John Cantelo
Thanks for the clarification. His work is...

Thanks for the clarification. His work is certainly remarkable.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 28th August 2020, 15:48
Replies: 504
Views: 96,804
Posted By John Cantelo
Peacock's book is focused on African waders so...

Peacock's book is focused on African waders so omits several European waders (Lapwing, Great Snipe & Woodcock for example) and treats some American and a few 'European' species (Snipe & Jack Snipe)...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 28th August 2020, 07:58
Replies: 504
Views: 96,804
Posted By John Cantelo
Generally I'd agree with you on this (assuming...

Generally I'd agree with you on this (assuming the artwork to be of the highest order) and aesthetically I'm far more enthusiastic about books like Fansie Peacock's marvelous 'Waders' (in my view a...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 28th August 2020, 07:38
Replies: 504
Views: 96,804
Posted By John Cantelo
I only have the most recent version as an app and...

I only have the most recent version as an app and that treats Subalpine as three species (although Royal Tern hasn't been split). Since it is a field guide and not a work on taxonomy, I think a new...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Thursday 27th August 2020, 10:55
Replies: 504
Views: 96,804
Posted By John Cantelo
Doesn't the latest edition of Collins cover most...

Doesn't the latest edition of Collins cover most (all?) of the recent splits? I thought it did.

It'll be interesting to see how the WildGuides team handle the inevitable increase in species...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 26th August 2020, 09:06
Replies: 504
Views: 96,804
Posted By John Cantelo
I recommend watching all of the authors lectures...

I recommend watching all of the authors lectures at the Virtual Bird Fair. Of particular interest to me (as I've been banging on about it since the original came out) was the confirmation that the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 24th August 2020, 18:40
Replies: 17
Views: 666
Posted By John Cantelo
It was mentioned in an article or book somewhere...

It was mentioned in an article or book somewhere but I can't recall where!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 24th August 2020, 18:39
Replies: 17
Views: 666
Posted By John Cantelo
.... except when it's not!

.... except when it's not!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 24th August 2020, 16:04
Replies: 17
Views: 666
Posted By John Cantelo
Common Buzzard - the head shape (and much else)...

Common Buzzard - the head shape (and much else) looks spot on to me.

I know it's said that young HBs tend to have shorter tails than adult HBs to more closely resemble Common Buzzards (on the...
Forum: TV & Radio Alert For Birding, Nature and Other Wildlife Wednesday 19th August 2020, 08:43
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By John Cantelo
Very interesting - see...

Very interesting - see https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lr8r/hardtalk-chris-packham-naturalist-and-wildlife-campaigner
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 10th August 2020, 15:04
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By John Cantelo
Courtesy towards Disabled Birders - Oare, Kent

In general I think birders are a pretty decent bunch but we all have our blind spots. One such, it seems, amongst able-bodied birders is a lack of awareness of the importance of showing...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 9th August 2020, 20:08
Replies: 29
Views: 653
Posted By John Cantelo
The other aspect of this is that even with birds...

The other aspect of this is that even with birds where you can hear a song, elements are missing as they're now at too high a frequency which can entirely distort what they sound like. What used to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 9th August 2020, 16:59
Replies: 29
Views: 653
Posted By John Cantelo
This issue was raised with regard to the last UK...

This issue was raised with regard to the last UK atlas as the average age of those involved meant that many would have hearing issues potentially resulting in under-recording of birds like the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd July 2020, 20:23
Replies: 22
Views: 1,136
Posted By John Cantelo
As I understand it recent DNA studies show that...

As I understand it recent DNA studies show that North African Buzzards cirtensis are most closely related to Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) not Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and should be...
Forum: Your Birding Day Thursday 23rd July 2020, 14:39
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By John Cantelo
Yes a great reserve but please note that parking...

Yes a great reserve but please note that parking is rather limited on busy days (esp. around high tide). Remember that the small space for a couple of cars at 1 (see map) has a sign designating it...
Forum: Papua New Guinea Thursday 23rd July 2020, 13:16
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm sorry I missed this when it was first posted....

I'm sorry I missed this when it was first posted. Although Phil's now moved from Kuranda to a location a little further from Cairns, he and Sue are still running Sicklebill Safaris from their new...
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