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  1. bartolli

    Llangollen bridge

    Looking for exposed rocks in the river which are covered in bird poo is a good way of locating their favourite spots!
  2. bartolli

    NE Wales birdingwatching

    An 8m hike around the moors yesterday, starting at Worlds End, plenty of stonechats and meadow pipits around. We saw a female black grouse with some chicks, a couple of distant male black grouse in flight, at least 3 nesting curlews and a few common redstarts. Highlight was a couple of minutes...
  3. bartolli

    Meadow or Tree Pipet North Wales

    Many thanks for all the comments! I know how you feel Peter! Looking at Collins again, I think the claw probably clinches it as meadow, + the streaks on the flanks maybe aren't as fine as I thought. the head markings are a little confusing to me though! Thanks again!
  4. bartolli

    Meadow or Tree Pipet North Wales

    I originally assumed this was a meadow pipet but after looking in my Collins and reading the blurb, I'm now thinking its a tree pipet? Seen in low level pasture near Llandegla. thanks!
  5. bartolli

    Llangollen bridge

    Yes good place for dippers, the cornmill pub/restaurant is particularly handily placed overlooking the bridge. Almost all the smaller rivers around here are good for dippers. Kingfishers possible but elusive, I've had red kites up in the hills if you're mobile. Horseshoe falls, accessible via...
  6. bartolli

    Phone scoping

    like this:
  7. bartolli

    Phone scoping

    I made a similar one to that YouTube video, but instead of a lens cap I found a plastic tub of sodium bicarbonate fitted my Zeiss lens perfectly. Being longer than a lens cap gives much more support and I can leave it on the scope without the weight of the phone pulling it off. I reckon just...
  8. bartolli

    Videoscoping question

    Some cameras have "macro focus" or "macro zoom" settings which can sometimes help with focussing on closeup stuff when zoomed.
  9. bartolli

    Videoscoping question

    Assuming that you are altering the zoom on the camera and not the scope, then as you zoom out the camera the focal length of the lens changes and it can no longer focus on the scope image. You get a similar effect with the camera alone, dial it back to minimum zoom and point the camera at...
  10. bartolli

    NE Wales birdingwatching

    Cant believe its been 1.5 years since I posted in this forum wot I started ages ago! Anyway, beautiful 6m walk with my dog yesterday on a bright sunny but cold January day from Rhewl (West of Llangollen) up to Moel Morfydd. Fantastic views, love it up here on a nice day, come summer it'll be...
  11. bartolli

    Is this Fox Poo

    Doesn't look quite right to me but I'm no poo-ologist! Looks like it's got berries or fruit stones in it?
  12. bartolli

    can anyone reccommend a decent thermos flask?

    Thanks for the tips! I ended up getting a thermos ultimate, very pleased with it, coffee still v hot at the end of the day!
  13. bartolli

    Goose ID, Wirral UK

    Ok, thanks for the comments all!
  14. bartolli

    ID geese in flight from call, Chester UK

    Another Goose question!!! Now we are back in the season of goose fly-overs, I get frustrated that I cant id the big flocks that fly over us most days. Generally in the morning they are heading south-ish and in the evening some fly back northwest-ish, maybe back to the dee estuary where I know...
  15. 4 Cattle Egrets at Burton

    4 Cattle Egrets at Burton

    5 cattle egrets visited the BMW reserve in October
  16. bartolli

    Goose ID, Wirral UK

    Lol! silly me! try this!
  17. bartolli

    Goose ID, Wirral UK

    Among all the Canada geese at Burton Mere Wetlands yesterday there was this one. You cant see on this photo but it had bright orange legs. Guess its a hybrid of some sort? Ta.
  18. bartolli

    can anyone reccommend a decent thermos flask?

    Many thanks for all the comments! I think I'll have to invest in one of the thermos models, you get what you pay for I guess! Pinewood: yes I do preheat the flask and milk, but thanks for the comments!
  19. bartolli

    can anyone reccommend a decent thermos flask?

    The thermos stainless steel ultimate mkII seems to fit the bill, but pricey. Has anyone used one of these? Claims to keep hot for 24 hrs!
  20. bartolli

    can anyone reccommend a decent thermos flask?

    Now that it's getting colder, I'm getting fed up of lukewarm/cold coffee. I've had 3 different flasks and none of them have been any good, barely drinkable lukewarm coffee after a mere 2 hours in the flask is unacceptable! The ones I've tried include Go Outdoors own brand as well as Stanley...
  21. bartolli

    Black Redstarts in Vallee d'aosta Italy

    Just returned from a non-birding holiday in this beautiful little corner of Italy, and one of its many pleasures is watching the black redstarts that seem to be so common here. We saw them right outside our village B&B as well as higher up in the alpine pastures. Plenty of photo and vid...
  22. Black Redstart

    Black Redstart

    A male high up in the village of La Magdeleine in the Val D'Aoste, Italy
  23. Black Redstart

    Black Redstart

    On holiday in Val d'Aoste, we saw plenty of black redstarts
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