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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    It's tough being in the UK looking at foreign birding trips with the highly restrictive traffic light system in place. Mexico has been consistently amber, and is a really good birding destination. I'm looking at western Mexico for three or four weeks in November / December this year. I'm at the...
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    Good point James, thanks. An important reminder that interpreting data is anything but straightforward otherwise it's easy to jump to the wrong conclusions. As for our trip, we've spent a couple of hours tonight ordering the various tests and completing the various passenger locator forms...
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    Hi Arbu We need a negative PCR test to enter mainland Portugal anyway, so if the Azorean authorities won't accept our NHS jab certificates, they will accept a negative test result taken within 72 hours. Portugal has to be one of the more welcoming places for Brits. I don't think we'll have any...
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    Hi - sorry catching up on the thread. Azores August provides a better chance of seeing both Grant's and Monteiro's Stormie. You won't see Grant's in June as it's a winter breeder. Cost of each pelagic is about £650 divided by the number going. I really don't think that's bad. With 6 on the...
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    We are three heading for Azores 5 to 10 August. We have booked two pelagics, a place to stay (which accommodates 5). We fly from Manchester but plenty of options from other UK airports and indeed from Europe. We were 5 but two of the crew are regrettably not yet double-vaccinated, a requirement...
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    November 2020 Canaries?

    That's an impressive list of finds nevertheless Steve. |8)| Mike
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    November 2020 Canaries?

    Surprisingly visually distinctive too. Whilst rare, the chaffinch isn't too difficult either. The Canaries has to be one of the best places to bird in Europe, islands with very different habitats and offerings, good inter-island access, and always the chance of finding something good (Hawfinch...
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    8 days in Thailand - May 2020

    Hi Mark A few reports from Km 33 already this year so it may well be the place to go again. By the time I get there in May the current 'cornflakes' (dry season) will be replaced by mud (wet season) meaning the birds will be an order of magnitude harder, but gives me hope. Laos next time if this...
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    Night vision equipment for mortals

    Great phrase and agree! Until that moment I'll aim to find White-fronted Scops-owl in Thailand the old fashioned way - torch and luck! Mike
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    Night vision equipment for mortals

    Thanks to Torchepot and Newzzler for replies. Relatively little interest does suggest these are not for birders yet. Or at least not at the prices for a decent model. Yet. The ones highlighted are more at the top end. I think what I'd conclude is that the technology is there, but at the moment...
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    8 days in Thailand - May 2020

    Hi James Yes, Eared Pitta is the sole aim. I've never really looked at Laos as a birding destination, I guess I overlook it in favour of Vietnam and Thailand as I have unfinished business in both. I'll look into this thanks. May not get there this time but next time isn't car off... Mike
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    8 days in Thailand - May 2020

    Hi Mark That is interesting and whilst I'd picked up km 33 was the best area, i hadnt realised they were regular. Would be very handy to get a January update, thanks. Mike
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    Night vision equipment for mortals

    Any strong recommendations for thermal imaging? Hi all As a keen birder I've always wondered whether I'd see more night birds or roosting owls if I carried thermal imaging capability. I was also in Western Sahara earlier this year and regretted not having with me either thermal imaging or low...
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    8 days in Thailand - May 2020

    I've booked up Baan Maka who have been very helpful. Be some very good birding over the course of the week so if anyone is interested in teaming up... Mike
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    Morocco/Western Sahara December

    Hi Ben I've been to Morocco twice and Western Sahara once. This year has been a poor one for Golden Nightjar and Sudan Golden Sparrow but maybe things have changed since my visit earlier this year. Even in a good year you'd have close to zero chance of Golden Nightjar in December. But you will...
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    Hi, it was calling from below the feeding station but after a while I could tell it was on the move and getting closer. After about an hour I caught sight of it coming through the left hand side of the feeding station, remaining mostly hidden, but then it walked right through the top end of the...
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    A quick update. I was successful at Bukit Tinggi seeing Mountain Peacock Pheasant (finally), Ferruginous Partridge and Rail-babbler - easily and effortlessly. I had no luck with Pin-tailed Parrotfinch which is now my number one bogey bird across SE Asia. Perhaps I underestimated the challenge...
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    Ethiopia Feb 2020 independent budget

    Do your research on finding the right guide and learn from my experience: http://www.surfbirds.com/trip_report.php?id=2421 As a well travelled world birder I often do trips either by myself or independently with others. During recent trips, for example to Alaska and Taiwan, I saw all birds...
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    8 days in Thailand - May 2020

    Hi Sounds good. I saw that report of Eared Pitta - jealously inducing! I'll probably do KK first, assess chances of Eared Pitta, leaving time at KY as required. Two years ago trail 33 was really productive for Eared Pitta, but last year and this it seems sightings have been rather more...
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    8 days in Thailand - May 2020

    Hi I'm in Thailand taking advantage of another stop-off, from 9th to 16th May (8 days' birding). I'll be mainly targetting Eared Pitta at their key sites of Khao Yai and Kaeng Krachan National Parks. But there's loads of good birds:Blue Pitta, Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo, White-fronted...
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    Thanks Dave - very helpful, and certainly intend doing so, perhaps before the chickens and definitely after. I've got plenty of time before my return flight. Mike
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    Hi Dave I know Bukit Tinggi is a pretty good reliable for this species so it's very much on my radar. Can you describe where you saw them in a bit more detail and I'll check it out? Thanks. Mike
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    Thanks Viator and DMW Reason for asking about time of day is that I was thinking about being ambitious and going for Mangrove Pitta (I last saw 23 years' ago!), the roosting owls nearby, getting to Botanical Gardens for mid-afternoon. You've convinced me to reduce these ambitions not least as...
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    Thanks for the information - very helpful. How easy was the crake, whereabouts in the garden and do you think they are in any way time of day dependent (e.g. dawn / dusk best?). From what I can gather, the crake is easy, not time of day dependent and there are two good areas in the garden. Just...
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    I'm wrapping a birding destination around each end of a birding tour. If anyone would like to join a leg you'd be more than welcome. Bukit Tinggi, near Kuala Lumpur - 14 Sept 2019 Key birds: Mountain Peacock-pheasant; Ferruginuous Partridge; Rail-babbler; Pin-tailed Parrotfinch. By hire car...
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