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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 19th May 2018, 20:49
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By John Cantelo
So is it a Thekla with an overgrown lower...

So is it a Thekla with an overgrown lower mandible or a Crested with an undergrown upper mandible?! Certainly to my eye the lower mandible looks fairly typical of Crested!
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Saturday 19th May 2018, 12:14
Replies: 2
Views: 93
Posted By John Cantelo
Since nobody else has bothered ... Black Vulture...

Since nobody else has bothered ...

Black Vulture - shouldn't be a problem if you visit the well-known sites in Extremadura such as Monfague also worth looking near Andujar
Egyptian Vulture - again...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Friday 18th May 2018, 16:54
Replies: 51
Views: 3,991
Posted By John Cantelo
Good of you to arrange publication on my birthday...

Good of you to arrange publication on my birthday but can you please make sure it arrives on the day?
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Thursday 17th May 2018, 20:48
Replies: 2
Views: 93
Posted By John Cantelo
Send me a PM with your email address and I'll...

Send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you my site guide to birding Cadiz province which should help with several species. Although the 'core' area of the Coto is inaccessible (other...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 16th May 2018, 16:21
Replies: 51
Views: 3,991
Posted By John Cantelo
With more bird books cluttering up my house than...

With more bird books cluttering up my house than is either financially or functionally sensible and with a good % of the content of these books probably available elsewhere, it would be a ludicrous,...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 14th May 2018, 20:33
Replies: 64
Views: 1,328
Posted By John Cantelo
a) Cley Spy b) good range of optics and good...

a) Cley Spy

b) good range of optics and good facilities for comparing them
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 9th May 2018, 13:49
Replies: 24
Views: 982
Posted By John Cantelo
The Rise of the Phwitcher

OK let's get one thing out of the way, most photographers most of the time behave sensibly and with due regard to the birds and birders. This, it seems to me, is particularly true of birders turned...
Forum: Berkshire Tuesday 8th May 2018, 15:45
Replies: 5
Views: 143
Posted By John Cantelo
They seem well down in Kent this year and the...

They seem well down in Kent this year and the merest shadow of what they were a couple of decades back (ditto Sand Martin). The BTO Bird Track Map should give a broader picture -...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 8th May 2018, 15:37
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By John Cantelo
Judging size is always problematic where you have...

Judging size is always problematic where you have no direct comparison with a known species or easily interpreted background (e.g. fence post rather than the sky). Plumage details are always useful,...
Forum: Mammals Monday 7th May 2018, 10:58
Replies: 1
Views: 157
Posted By John Cantelo
The original paper on which this article was...

The original paper on which this article was based can be seen at http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/285/1874/20172603
Forum: Hampshire Monday 7th May 2018, 10:52
Replies: 4
Views: 132
Posted By John Cantelo
Since it was an old stamping ground of mine in...

Since it was an old stamping ground of mine in the 1960s (when I was at school) I'll read reports about the area with great interest. For anyone wanting to know more about the area's birds and its...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 6th May 2018, 19:05
Replies: 2
Views: 164
Posted By John Cantelo
I read "A Shepherd's Life" when at school and...

I read "A Shepherd's Life" when at school and later "the Purple Land". I recommend both.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 6th May 2018, 16:38
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By John Cantelo
Whilst not really an equivalent, as you observe,...

Whilst not really an equivalent, as you observe, many thanks for posting this - an interesting listen.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 5th May 2018, 22:19
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By John Cantelo
There was a discussion of the paper on raptor...

There was a discussion of the paper on raptor persecution between one of the authors, Adrian Thomas (RSPB) and Amanda Anderson (Moorland Association) on Radio 4's flagship news programme 'Today'. Is...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Tuesday 1st May 2018, 07:17
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By John Cantelo
There's an article by Stephen Moss on this topic...

There's an article by Stephen Moss on this topic (presumably an extract from this book) in the current edition of 'Birdwatch' magazine. I've already got three or four books on this topic but I 'll...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 29th April 2018, 18:37
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By John Cantelo
I understand your point of view but I find such...

I understand your point of view but I find such things fascinating perhaps because I'm a history/social studies graduate. I'd concede, however, that the most important paper in the magazine this...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 29th April 2018, 16:42
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By John Cantelo
Jizz or GISS?

Good to see an article in the latest edition of 'British Birds' (May 2018 Vol 111 p264-274) confirming that the birding term 'jizz' was first published by T A Coward in 1921 who heard it from an...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 27th April 2018, 05:59
Replies: 46
Views: 2,380
Posted By John Cantelo
I'm now thoroughly confused where you stand on...

I'm now thoroughly confused where you stand on the difficulty or otherwise of Goshawk identification!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 27th April 2018, 05:58
Replies: 46
Views: 2,380
Posted By John Cantelo
Thank you, John. I in turn wholeheartedly agree...

Thank you, John. I in turn wholeheartedly agree with your post.

As for the frequency with which different species of raptor can be seen together this seems to present no problem in southern Spain.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 26th April 2018, 18:55
Replies: 46
Views: 2,380
Posted By John Cantelo
I think this is rather over egging it somewhat....

I think this is rather over egging it somewhat. I've witnessed several of quite experienced observers mis-identify Sparrowhawks as Goshawks in the past. I recall that the species remains something...
Forum: Norfolk Tuesday 24th April 2018, 10:19
Replies: 26
Views: 1,527
Posted By John Cantelo
I think that the RSPB is too cautious of creating...

I think that the RSPB is too cautious of creating bad publicity to go down the ticketing/clamping route - those in the shooting industry and their close friends in the media would jump at the chance...
Forum: Say Hello Monday 23rd April 2018, 21:32
Replies: 11
Views: 199
Posted By John Cantelo
Hola Gerald.

Hola Gerald.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 20th April 2018, 08:48
Replies: 13
Views: 335
Posted By John Cantelo
Whilst field guides often show Lesser Kestrel...

Whilst field guides often show Lesser Kestrel with gleaming white or ivory claws, the reality in the field (and hence in photos) is that they often look dull greyish or off-white particularly in a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 19th April 2018, 21:31
Replies: 13
Views: 335
Posted By John Cantelo
I've had the advantage of seeing larger images of...

I've had the advantage of seeing larger images of these two shots (plus a third Phil hasn't posted) and in all of them, the claws look pale (as Phil reported they appeared in the field). As I know...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 13th April 2018, 19:31
Replies: 10
Views: 392
Posted By John Cantelo
A good first step would be to get a copy of...

A good first step would be to get a copy of "Where to Watch Birds in the Madeira Archipelago" (www.nhbs.com/where-to-watch-birds-in-the-madeira-archipelago-book). It's cheaper to buy (or at least...
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