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Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 23rd March 2020, 10:19
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By xmesox
Bluetooth Speakers For Playing Calls

Birding here in South Africa, within certain terrains like the Karoo's arid nature, finding skulking birds often relies heavily on playback calls (in moderation, and with due respect to the...
Forum: South Africa Monday 31st July 2017, 06:43
Replies: 3,356
Views: 414,939
Posted By xmesox
I think SABAP2 should be pretty good for it to be...

I think SABAP2 should be pretty good for it to be honest, there's a lot of pentads with high reporting rates nearby. The best bet from the pentads looks to be Suikerbosrand where there's 2 pentads of...
Forum: South Africa Monday 19th June 2017, 08:46
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
Are you 100% on the Common Scimitarbill? That...

Are you 100% on the Common Scimitarbill? That would be very out of range, and a very strange sighting.

Was it perhaps not a Green Wood Hoopoe? Which has very similar appearance, but is known to...
Forum: South Africa Thursday 25th May 2017, 12:04
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
Clapper Lark are definitely tough. My provincial...

Clapper Lark are definitely tough. My provincial list is at 320 and I have yet to come across a Clapper Lark myself. Though I do know of someone who got one near De Hoop last week, so just a matter...
Forum: South Africa Wednesday 24th May 2017, 06:27
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
To be honest, if it was a single bird I'd have...

To be honest, if it was a single bird I'd have said it could have been an unusually late Steppe Buzzard, but the fact that there were two make it extremely unlikely.

The Cape Buzzards and Elgin...
Forum: South Africa Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 09:39
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
Excellent news! I actually just dropped you a PM...

Excellent news! I actually just dropped you a PM earlier about the Crake. Glad to see you came across it. I was there from around 1pm for the Crake. Great bird for the province (estimated less than 5...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 14th May 2017, 14:42
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By xmesox
The word "Audubon's Shearwater" are ones that are...

The word "Audubon's Shearwater" are ones that are being kept inside the mouths of most here looking at this bird. The bird in question was photographed just south of Cape Town, South Africa. Far from...
Forum: Sea Watch Friday 12th May 2017, 15:07
Replies: 12
Views: 17,852
Posted By xmesox
Yup, both Yellow-Nosed are quite common in the...

Yup, both Yellow-Nosed are quite common in the waters around Cape Town. I've done 3 pelagics on Zest before, mostly around the change of the seasons, autumn.

Report and Species from 21 April 2013...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 12th May 2017, 14:52
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By xmesox
Unidentified Shearwater

I recently saw this bird on a pelagic cruise, along with quite a few other birders, and it's causing quite a bit of interest among those that saw it. Originally it was identified as a Little...
Forum: South Africa Friday 12th May 2017, 12:49
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
Well to be honest, both are pretty much just...

Well to be honest, both are pretty much just nature. Wilderness may have 1 or 2 more shops, but it's still a small area where the focus is mainly on what you will be doing outdoors. Nature's Valley...
Forum: South Africa Tuesday 9th May 2017, 15:41
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
I spent a week in Wilderness earlier this month...

I spent a week in Wilderness earlier this month (where my avatar comes from), and there's some truly amazing birds there. Mostly the exciting forest birds like the Knysna Turaco and if you're lucky...
Forum: South Africa Sunday 7th May 2017, 19:26
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
Another reason to go is that during strong winds...

Another reason to go is that during strong winds you can actually sometimes pick up some pelagic birds from shore (just 100 meters or so off-shore). This week there was a cold front and managed to...
Forum: South Africa Sunday 7th May 2017, 19:05
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
I actually live about 5 kilometers from Sir...

I actually live about 5 kilometers from Sir Lowry's Pass and unfortunately I wouldn't recommend it to a tourist. There are more dangerous places (like Paarl Sewage Works and Macassar Sewage Works),...
Forum: South Africa Sunday 7th May 2017, 18:13
Replies: 30
Views: 5,753
Posted By xmesox
Kirstenbosch is decent as a tourist, though the...

Kirstenbosch is decent as a tourist, though the amount of bird species is relatively small (you're looking at mostly common birds, but usually decent views of some of the sunbirds).

As mentioned...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 7th May 2017, 14:36
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By xmesox
It could be a Steppe Buzzard... However... It...

It could be a Steppe Buzzard... However...

It could just as easily be a Juvenile Jackal Buzzard. In fact, there's something that makes me think it is a Juvenile Jackal Buzzard (also quite variable...
Forum: South Africa Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 19:16
Replies: 2
Views: 1,552
Posted By xmesox
Personally, I think it could pass as either with...

Personally, I think it could pass as either with those photos. The bird appears quite bulky, as one would expect from a Forest Buzzard, and that is a lot of white on the chest, the amount that would...
Forum: South Africa Friday 19th June 2015, 09:58
Replies: 6
Views: 1,272
Posted By xmesox
As stated by the others, this is a young African...

As stated by the others, this is a young African Harrier Hawk displaying what is usually a common plumage for them. I echo in Deestes statements. Classic signs of the AHH's facial mask. Also note the...
Forum: Canon Friday 7th September 2012, 10:18
Replies: 24
Views: 4,302
Posted By xmesox
I don't want to make the decision more difficult...

I don't want to make the decision more difficult for you, but just to address some of the points there.

While the 650D has better AF than the 550D, it's not really a new AF technology - the 650D is...
Forum: Canon Thursday 6th September 2012, 20:47
Replies: 24
Views: 4,302
Posted By xmesox
As others have said, the 7D will be the best...

As others have said, the 7D will be the best camera. Fact is, the 7D has superior AF which can't really be touched by normal 9-Cross Focal points. Furthermore, the 7D is basically the 550Ds sensor,...
Forum: Canon Thursday 26th July 2012, 20:16
Replies: 6
Views: 2,422
Posted By xmesox
Canon 50d vs Canon 550d (For Birds)

I realize this is quite a thread bump, but I'm always stuck with the decision of which forum 'no no' to commit. Posting a thread on the exact same subject that already exists, or bumping up an old...
Forum: Canon Wednesday 11th July 2012, 17:27
Replies: 21
Views: 5,592
Posted By xmesox
So today I took the time to perform some...

So today I took the time to perform some controlled tests to see if there was perhaps an AF issue and it would appear as though I have quite a back-focusing problem. Not sure if this is usually a...
Forum: Canon Tuesday 10th July 2012, 18:27
Replies: 21
Views: 5,592
Posted By xmesox
It is something I have considered before, but as...

It is something I have considered before, but as you've mentioned - it'd be very slow for flyers and that is probably the situation it would strive best at (the bird against a plain sky backdrop) as...
Forum: Canon Tuesday 10th July 2012, 17:01
Replies: 21
Views: 5,592
Posted By xmesox
I've only had the lens for 3 months so I haven't...

I've only had the lens for 3 months so I haven't used it too much wide open, it also seemed a bit more forgiving on F7.1 when the AF looked on to the wings of a bird instead of the eye. But I may...
Forum: Canon Tuesday 10th July 2012, 16:43
Replies: 21
Views: 5,592
Posted By xmesox
Thanks for the reply. I thought it may be an...

Thanks for the reply. I thought it may be an issue of the focus points, the reason for the thread was mainly to see if perhaps my problem is related to the 550Ds very less than spectacular focal...
Forum: Canon Tuesday 10th July 2012, 16:15
Replies: 21
Views: 5,592
Posted By xmesox
Wow, those are some amazing crops... Can't...

Wow, those are some amazing crops... Can't believe the quality, especially on the right images. I do crop very aggressively, and it has always been my primary concern - that it may be what causes the...
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