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Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd February 2020, 23:13
Replies: 26
Views: 1,089
Posted By John Cantelo
I've always been wary of buying secondhand optics...

I've always been wary of buying secondhand optics to be honest but I suppose I could be tempted by a good deal. Since I have hosted many birders on my terrace to show them Lesser Kestrels then it...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd February 2020, 23:08
Replies: 26
Views: 1,089
Posted By John Cantelo
I didn't get them because I like to see all...

I didn't get them because I like to see all contenders before deciding and my current cash flow situation means I won't be able to do so until later in the year.
Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd February 2020, 21:07
Replies: 26
Views: 1,089
Posted By John Cantelo
I've looked at them in the past but not recently

I've looked at them in the past but not recently
Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd February 2020, 17:35
Replies: 26
Views: 1,089
Posted By John Cantelo
Thanks for your responses. I looked at the...

Thanks for your responses. I looked at the much-vaunted GPO Passion 10x42 at the UK Bird Fair in the summer but preferred the Nikon 10x42 better ergonomics, better FOV and, to my eye, a better image....
Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd February 2020, 17:15
Replies: 26
Views: 1,089
Posted By John Cantelo
I had picked up that these were quality...

I had picked up that these were quality instruments and everything else being equal like the idea of bins with AK prisms (my only experience of which certainly had me searching for superlatives). ...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd February 2020, 14:34
Replies: 26
Views: 1,089
Posted By John Cantelo
So far the only surprise (to me) suggestion is...

So far the only surprise (to me) suggestion is the Meopta MeoStar B1.1 10x42. Having checked online seems none of the stockists in my area (SE England) or where I'm likely to be in this year (East...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 3rd February 2020, 11:02
Replies: 26
Views: 1,089
Posted By John Cantelo
Which sub-Alpha 10x42s?

After years using x8 binoculars (30/32/42mm) I'm giving serious consideration to getting a pair of 10x42s since, when borrowing a friend's pair, I found them better for sea-watching, raptor & wader...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 2nd February 2020, 23:05
Replies: 120
Views: 5,658
Posted By John Cantelo
Many thanks, Chosun for your generously detailed...

Many thanks, Chosun for your generously detailed response. I wasn't aware of the background of the pundits mentioned. Like most things I suspect that the current extreme bush fire season is the...
Forum: Conservation Saturday 1st February 2020, 15:57
Replies: 120
Views: 5,658
Posted By John Cantelo
Like me, I'd guess that none of those commenting...

Like me, I'd guess that none of those commenting here about the cause of this exceptional bush fire season (and in particular their relationship with global warming, if any) has any...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 31st January 2020, 21:54
Replies: 17
Views: 531
Posted By John Cantelo
I agree - I find viewing angle, wind, wear, etc...

I agree - I find viewing angle, wind, wear, etc can often make crest shape a 'false friend' accordingly it's pretty much the last thing I look for.
Forum: Mammals Friday 31st January 2020, 17:44
Replies: 4
Views: 290
Posted By John Cantelo
Although it was only a short drive for me I...

Although it was only a short drive for me I confess that I opted out of seeing such a fine beast in such trouble. I'll probably regret it anon but that's not how I want to see a Sperm Whale.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 31st January 2020, 17:42
Replies: 17
Views: 531
Posted By John Cantelo
A definite Thekla's - everyone seems to focus on...

A definite Thekla's - everyone seems to focus on different features to clinch ID but for me the most consistent one (unlike plumage/feathers which can be bleached or worn) is bill shape and this is...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Sunday 19th January 2020, 14:21
Replies: 4
Views: 307
Posted By John Cantelo
Phil's off on his travels so probably won't see...

Phil's off on his travels so probably won't see your question, Andy, but I suspect that, given how incommunicative many publishers are, as the author, he has no more idea than anyone else!
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 18th January 2020, 20:47
Replies: 4
Views: 307
Posted By John Cantelo
Indeed so, Andy. New Holland doesn't seem to have...

Indeed so, Andy. New Holland doesn't seem to have made much of an effort to publicise this useful guide which is why I thought I'd flag it up.
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 18th January 2020, 13:40
Replies: 4
Views: 307
Posted By John Cantelo
Review - Field Guide to Birds of North Queensland –Phil Gregory & Jun Matsui

Field Guide to Birds of North Queensland –Phil Gregory & Jun Matsui Pub. New Holland Dec 2019 ISBN –9781925546255 Paperback. 432Pp 150x210cm A$50.

I must first make a confession and admission; I’m...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Wednesday 15th January 2020, 15:07
Replies: 18
Views: 1,204
Posted By John Cantelo
Agreed. I got mine just before Christmas and...

Agreed. I got mine just before Christmas and subsequently had the remarkable good fortune to be shown four lifers (two bowerbirds, Golden & Toothbilled, and two Birds of Paradise, Magnificent...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 15th January 2020, 05:33
Replies: 616
Views: 28,662
Posted By John Cantelo
Just catching up with this thread after my own...

Just catching up with this thread after my own month-long trip to Australia (mainly nr Cairns, Queensland) via Singapore. I had thought about writing it up here but fear your great photos and more...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 13th January 2020, 07:14
Replies: 30
Views: 1,224
Posted By John Cantelo
How reliable is E-bird?

I should say straight away that I’m a great fan of the E-bird concept. I’ve only relatively recently discovered it but have found it so useful (and reliable) in Spain that I’ve added links to the...
Forum: Conservation Saturday 11th January 2020, 22:05
Replies: 120
Views: 5,658
Posted By John Cantelo
No, it's not a flaw unique to Brits but you don't...

No, it's not a flaw unique to Brits but you don't have to travel to have a decent grasp of geography since we have handy things called atlases. I knew where Queensland was (and Cairns for that...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 10th January 2020, 04:21
Replies: 18
Views: 1,074
Posted By John Cantelo
Apologies, you're right. I was having a senior...

Apologies, you're right. I was having a senior moment and had misremembered/misunderstood what I'd been told.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th January 2020, 10:44
Replies: 18
Views: 1,074
Posted By John Cantelo
No, it's Cryptic Honeyeater that's found here on...

No, it's Cryptic Honeyeater that's found here on Cape York or at least that's what two very authoritative sources both tell me.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th January 2020, 01:58
Replies: 18
Views: 1,074
Posted By John Cantelo
Quickest armchair tick?

I saw my first Cape York race of Graceful Honeyeater this Monday but on Wednesday came the news that the IOC had decided to promote it to full species rank calling it Cryptic Honeyeater. Certainly...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 30th December 2019, 10:56
Replies: 18
Views: 1,204
Posted By John Cantelo
Whatever the merits of the artwork in other books...

Whatever the merits of the artwork in other books on Birds of Paradise, having recently been given a copy of Phil Gregory's book by the author, I can honestly say that nobody's going to be...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 24th December 2019, 02:26
Replies: 120
Views: 5,658
Posted By John Cantelo
As an aside, this disaster has reminded me of the...

As an aside, this disaster has reminded me of the woeful geographical grasp of many Brits. I'm up in Queensland (nr Cairns) but still getting concerned messages from (some) friends asking if I'm OK...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Tuesday 17th December 2019, 22:17
Replies: 384
Views: 80,688
Posted By John Cantelo
I spent some time yesterday browsing Phil...

I spent some time yesterday browsing Phil Gregory's book on "Birds of Paradise & Bowerbirds" (I'm currently staying with the author who kindly gave me a copy for my small role in reading the proofs...
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