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Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 20th February 2020, 19:20
Replies: 13
Views: 377
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, 19:18
Replies: 13
Views: 377
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, 16:05
Replies: 13
Views: 377
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, 20:46
Replies: 551
Views: 55,211
Posted By Simon Wates
White-fronted Goose?

White-fronted Goose?
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 19th February 2020, 18:53
Replies: 13
Views: 377
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.
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Wednesday 19th February 2020, 18:52
Replies: 551
Views: 55,211
Posted By Simon Wates
Collared Dove?

Collared Dove?
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Saturday 15th February 2020, 21:29
Replies: 3
Views: 131
Posted By Simon Wates
If you are keen on seeing all the breeding...

If you are keen on seeing all the breeding species, I would leave it till late April or the first days of May. Later species will be back properly by then. Also, it should be better for wader and...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Tuesday 11th February 2020, 10:46
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By Simon Wates
Ah, now I see, I would think that the bird is...

Ah, now I see, I would think that the bird is simply reacting to possible threats then. You should be able to observe where she goes, if you keep a low profile, and see where the nest is. Probably in...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Tuesday 11th February 2020, 08:31
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By Simon Wates
Thanks aeshna, Peganum harmala looks spot on. I...

Thanks aeshna, Peganum harmala looks spot on. I have learned a new plant and an new order ;) In my defence, the dried fruit of Prangos trifida look quite similar, there are some pretty bizarre...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Monday 10th February 2020, 19:53
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By Simon Wates
The leaves made me think of Crithmum too and the...

The leaves made me think of Crithmum too and the fruit made me think of the genus Prangos...hence my idea of an umbellifer.
Forum: Bird Behaviour Monday 10th February 2020, 18:55
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By Simon Wates
Cannot be a male then, they should be all in...

Cannot be a male then, they should be all in breeding adult type plumage now. Maybe this female is being territorial - no males around?
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Monday 10th February 2020, 18:46
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By Simon Wates
I'm guessing its an umbellifer (Apiaceae) - I had...

I'm guessing its an umbellifer (Apiaceae) - I had a quick look around this website to no avail, maybe a longer search could reveal it? http://www.floramaroccana.fr/apiaceae.html
Forum: Bird Behaviour Sunday 9th February 2020, 22:54
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By Simon Wates
Looks like an imm.male in the photo taken last...

Looks like an imm.male in the photo taken last November, it should be looking very different now?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 9th February 2020, 22:52
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By Simon Wates
You did well to find an Egyptian Vulture, there's...

You did well to find an Egyptian Vulture, there's not many around the region you visited (assuming this was your 3rd vulture?) Agree with Eurasian Black Vulture.
Forum: Bird Behaviour Saturday 8th February 2020, 20:34
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By Simon Wates
That's curious indeed! I agree with the fact that...

That's curious indeed! I agree with the fact that your bird is acting territorial against its own reflection. Carry nesting material while doing this - I've never heard of. I imagine you are in the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 8th February 2020, 20:18
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Posted By Simon Wates
Great stuff, hopefully you will see some more...

Great stuff, hopefully you will see some more yet, they are locally quite common on the outskirts of Lagos. They are just starting to sing now, I heard my first one just 2 days ago from home, a few...
Forum: GPO Saturday 8th February 2020, 20:14
Replies: 8
Views: 264
Posted By Simon Wates
Permit me please just to comment; that's a...

Permit me please just to comment; that's a quotable thread title!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 8th February 2020, 20:11
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By Simon Wates
Also very bulky bodied for a Lanner. On this...

Also very bulky bodied for a Lanner. On this photo the wing shape does seem quite Lanner, maybe this is what is suggesting it?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 8th February 2020, 20:10
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By Simon Wates
Me too, so I just said "Stonechat" to avoid...

Me too, so I just said "Stonechat" to avoid getting into a mess with S.maurus etc. After all the OP did ask if Whinchat or Stonechat :-O
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 7th February 2020, 14:46
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By Simon Wates
Stonechat, female

Stonechat, female
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 5th February 2020, 12:21
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By Simon Wates
Agree completely now with Common Chiffchaff too....

Agree completely now with Common Chiffchaff too. The only thing that was throwing me off was Abraham's comment about "pale flesh leg colour", which would be pretty unusual...though.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 4th February 2020, 21:30
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By Simon Wates
From the photo it is difficult indeed, I too...

From the photo it is difficult indeed, I too think the primary projection is too short for WW and it is the best single feature for ID. I suppose its possible that a very early WW could get to SW...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 4th February 2020, 21:27
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Simon Wates
I too had thought Song Thrush could be a...

I too had thought Song Thrush could be a possibility, though I then suggested White-spectacled Bulbul because it really sounds very close indeed - could this be one singing in an unusual way?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 3rd February 2020, 23:50
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By Simon Wates
The warmish colour tones of this one looks more...

The warmish colour tones of this one looks more like a Chiffchaff to me. Really early for WW, almost unheard of I believe? I can remember the odd record from about mid-February.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 2nd February 2020, 20:47
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Simon Wates
Cant hear Common Blackbird either...and as the...

Cant hear Common Blackbird either...and as the nearest to Jerusalem I been is in xenolandia...I respect your experience!
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