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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 11th April 2020, 14:09
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By Simon Wates
Given the time of year I would almost assume they...

Given the time of year I would almost assume they are breeding somewhere close to where you saw this bird. From the photos it does suggest some kind of territorial defence, was it doing anything like...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Saturday 11th April 2020, 13:40
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By Simon Wates
Apart from rarities yes - though I have seen...

Apart from rarities yes - though I have seen Rüppells there twice. On some visits, upwards of 10 species in a couple of hours inc. 5 eagle species.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 11th April 2020, 13:37
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By Simon Wates
Classic Goshawk for me - even on just the first...

Classic Goshawk for me - even on just the first photo.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Thursday 9th April 2020, 19:53
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By Simon Wates
Many thanks Rafael! The hill in question, I'm...

Many thanks Rafael! The hill in question, I'm sure you will know is Serra de Alcaria Ruiva (370m). I'm guessing (if my memory isn't failing) I have seen these beetles in some numbers, albeit much...
Forum: Conservation Thursday 9th April 2020, 11:47
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By Simon Wates
Many thanks indeed Borjam! That is enlightening -...

Many thanks indeed Borjam! That is enlightening - really appreciated.
Forum: Conservation Thursday 9th April 2020, 11:45
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By Simon Wates
Many thanks - yes I do remember this thread...

Many thanks - yes I do remember this thread though I wanted to see if there are any fresh thoughts on the subject. Also, and no offence, I get a headache reading through that thread - so much info...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Thursday 9th April 2020, 11:42
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By Simon Wates
ID please plus behaviour?

The pictures included I took in early May, 2009 on a high hilltop in the Alentejo, Portugal. These beetles (?) were settling on the base of a fire watch tower and on rocks nearby (with a few other...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 8th April 2020, 20:12
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By Simon Wates
RFI: Communication technologies and negative effects on birdlife

Please don't shoot me down!

As all of us on here, I am concerned about birdlife conservation. I am the last person to be drawn into conspiracy theories about 5G networks. In my limited capacity...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 8th April 2020, 19:41
Replies: 8
Views: 461
Posted By Simon Wates
Could the first one be a Stone Curlew? OR, maybe...

Could the first one be a Stone Curlew? OR, maybe someone whistling to the dog? I cannot hear a Pluvialis plover - tone and length of call seems off to me.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 20:18
Replies: 804
Views: 38,542
Posted By Simon Wates
I think all smokers, wherever they are from, know...

I think all smokers, wherever they are from, know this :smoke:




Prophecy...? or just an unfortunate (or maybe malicious :-O ) pun?
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 14:03
Replies: 804
Views: 38,542
Posted By Simon Wates
Of course, caution should be in place - just in...

Of course, caution should be in place - just in case things get really bad....BUT, doing a little simple arithmetic reveals that worldwide, 1 in 2,700,000 people have sadly died from this virus.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 13:06
Replies: 16
Views: 684
Posted By Simon Wates
One more for Thekla´s -even though the paler...

One more for Thekla´s -even though the paler parts of the head pattern are quite buffish instead of whitish.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 29th February 2020, 20:06
Replies: 15
Views: 302
Posted By Simon Wates
MY first impression is Thekla's Lark - though...

MY first impression is Thekla's Lark - though with a piccy like this it could be a Crested. The strong face pattern and general colour fits better for Thekla's. Just cannot see a Skylark....
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 29th February 2020, 10:18
Replies: 13
Views: 863
Posted By Simon Wates
Appreciate the plug Jono :t: though I have been...

Appreciate the plug Jono :t: though I have been slowing down my guiding to a stop recently, sort of a sabbatical ;) However, Thijs Valkenburg is providing services through our website and he is most...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 09:05
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By Simon Wates
That's much better than Yellow Elder, which is...

That's much better than Yellow Elder, which is widely used.
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 09:03
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By Simon Wates
Being more serious, surely there will be other...

Being more serious, surely there will be other environmental factors limiting them. Seems they need lots of nectar in vegetated areas on desert edge.
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 08:22
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By Simon Wates
L.camara - one name is simply Common...

L.camara - one name is simply Common lantana

T.stans - misleading common name; Yellow elder

Both are so abundant down here around the Med - hard to find a garden without them :-O
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 08:18
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By Simon Wates
Yes Nutty, Lantana camara "used in an aggregate...

Yes Nutty, Lantana camara "used in an aggregate sense for a complex of horticultural/weedy hybrids and closely related species" - but I didn't want to complicate the issue of simple ID or the fact...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 26th February 2020, 07:34
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By Simon Wates
3: Lantana camara 4. Tecoma stans Both are not...

3: Lantana camara
4. Tecoma stans

Both are not native and are used in gardening around the world in areas with warmer climates.

It would be interesting to know what natural habitat/s they use, or...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Sunday 23rd February 2020, 10:33
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By Simon Wates
I have these in my collection, I would never have...

I have these in my collection, I would never have said they needed dramatising or be called a monster to be noteworthy :-O To me they are just gorgeous - but then I suppose I'm just a weird Haworthia...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 20th February 2020, 18:20
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Posted By Simon Wates
You are too kind - its obvious its a Goldcrest -...

You are too kind - its obvious its a Goldcrest - but I just looked at that orange fire and thought Firecrest!

Goldcrests are much more scarce in the Algarve. The odd winter we get small influxes,...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 20th February 2020, 18:18
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Posted By Simon Wates
A similar thing happens to male Rock Petronias -...

A similar thing happens to male Rock Petronias - on displaying they "open" their breast feathers like theatre curtains - I must say I was quite flabbergasted at the lemon-curd intensity ;) much as I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 20th February 2020, 15:05
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Posted By Simon Wates
Not at all Ken ;) Here in the Algarve, Firecrest...

Not at all Ken ;) Here in the Algarve, Firecrest is a regular, though not so common winter visitor - a birder living here should see them pretty regularly though - they occur inland but also along...
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Wednesday 19th February 2020, 19:46
Replies: 669
Views: 63,325
Posted By Simon Wates
White-fronted Goose?

White-fronted Goose?
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 19th February 2020, 17:53
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Posted By Simon Wates
They do this when alarmed or in courtship - its...

They do this when alarmed or in courtship - its fabulous to see and a surprise.
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