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  1. J

    Bird Guide Eilat

    Thanks Steve - I'm really trying to optimize my time as it is not a birding holiday but I think I can get away with a day out!!
  2. J

    Bird Guide Eilat

    Hi I will be in Eilat with my wife in March next year on a long weekend. I would like to have at least a full day out birding so could anyone recommend me a guide with vehicle for a day please. Many thanks John
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    Birding around Spa

    Hi I cannot help with either of your target birds unfortunately but can highly recommend Haff Remich Centre Biodiversum in Luxembourg. You can access the reserve from Remerschen. there are several hides and migrants are starting to arrive now. John
  4. J

    Best Hotel?

    Hi I stayed at Bakotu Hotel a couple of years ago. It is well situated for birding Kotu Creek and the golf course. Birding in and around the grounds is productive too, including Oriole Warbler. The food was good and both my wife and I had no problems. the staff were great fun so I would...
  5. J

    Southern Kruger raptors

    Hi I have just spent the past 2 weeks around south Kruger (Satara southwards). Raptors were widespread but some rough advice as follows: Crocodile Bridge area was exceptional for Black-winged Kite and held decent numbers of other raptors (Lanner Falcon, Amur Falcon, Martial Eagle, Brown Snake...
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    Bird Guide - the one

    Hi The Roberts Birds iPhone app is excellent and so are their field guides - they pretty much cover Southern Africa comprehensively. The app also has calls on it so pretty good all round. The SASOL app is just okay. Hope this helps John
  7. J

    Abel Erasmus, Graskop & Blyde Info required

    Thanks Andy - much appreciated. J
  8. J

    Abel Erasmus, Graskop & Blyde Info required

    Hi I will be visiting RSA in December / January with my family, mainly self-driving in Kruger. We also have three nights in the Graskop / Blyde River area. It is a family holiday so I am slightly restricted on my birding activities! I have a few target species: Taita Falcon(appears to be not...
  9. J

    Birding in The Alps

    Hi I have just come back from a birding weekend in Switzerland (Leuk / Leukerbad in Valais). I would advise that you take the cable car to higher ground locations for the montane species such as Lammergeier, Ptarmigan, accentor, Alpine Chough etc. I took the Gemmi Pass cable car up to the...
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    Advice for Birding trip August

    I just returned from spending a long weekend in the Leuk and Leukerbad area. I have to say the advice to go there was very good. I picked up Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush fairly easily where two birds had been regularly reported at Bannwald S near Leuk, just at the logging station. Hohe Brucke was...
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    Advice for Birding trip August

    Great map Florian - thanks again. J
  12. J

    Advice for Birding trip August

    Many thanks for the reply & the links Florian. Apologies for not replying before but I have been away for the last 3 weeks. Do you have any advice on specific areas to look at in Leukerbad / Leukerfeld or is it just best to try the different routes and habitats? Thanks again John
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    Advice for Birding trip August

    Hi I am planning a short birding trip in early August and would like to try for the following birds (all lifers): Rock Partridge Nutcracker Rock Thrush Hazel Grouse I am also keen to say as many as possible of the usual alpine specialities including Alpine Accentor, Snowfinch, Wallcreeper and...
  14. J

    Sal September 2016

    Birding Sal Jon - nice to read your report. I have birded Sal quite a few times over the past 5 - 6 years and always turned birds up. Hoopoe, Bar-tailed Desert and Black-Crowned Sparrow larks are always in the area between the Riu complex and Villa Verde. Ponta Preta area is good for CCC too as...
  15. J

    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Many thanks - J
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Alrewas GP Can anyone tell me the best way to get Alrewas GP? I'm often travelling down the A38 and fancy popping in but don't know the best access point. Much appreciated if someone could let me know. Thanks John
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Had my first Staffs Red Kite on Thursday between Leek & Congleton. Watched it meander from Staffs into Cheshire. Don't know what Birdguides would have made of that!
  18. J

    Southern African Forum

    Marloth Hi Alan We stayed at Khaya Umdani - I think it was on Korhaan. Did most of my birding along the river and around the house. Absolutely fantastic. John
  19. J

    Southern African Forum

    Stierlings Wren Warbler Hi everyone This is the first time that I've posted on this forum. We holidayed in South Africa in July / Aug 2011 and I had Stierlings Wren Warbler at Marloth, along the fence walk next to Crocodile River. I hadn't realised that it was such a good bird! Keep up the...
  20. J

    Birding In Staffordshire

    Sensitive Birds & sites I can see both sides of the argument and broadly echo Nick's comments. Basically, a bit of common sense is required and that's all we can ask on this subject. The Cannock Chase birds mentioned are very much in the public domain. I don't think anyone should be censured...
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    Birding In Staffordshire

    Gradbach & SEO's Had a walk around Gradbach today - pretty icy in parts but absolutely beautiful up there. Several Red Grouse showing well near the road. Also raven, bullfinch and meadow pipit. No raptors!!:C Anyone interested in SEO's near Swallow Moss. I had at least 3 on the Moss in...
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    Birding In Staffordshire

    Garden Been working from home today and hit the magic 50 for the garden list with a cracking brambling - a year tick to boot. Also had goldcrest, treecreeper, siskin & bullfinch - 25 species in total for the day. Been having a good look at the Redpoll photos. Size is often a good indicator as...
  23. J

    Birding In Staffordshire

    Rudyard & Garden Had a walk around Rudyard (Heron Marsh) yesterday. Not too much around but flushed about 15 snipe in the frozen conditions. Heard the water rail again but couldn't see it - quite frustrating on the home patch. Got my 49th garden tick in the form of a single redpoll. Quite...
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    Birding In Staffordshire

    Tittesworth Gull Roost Had another shot at the gull roost at Tittesworth this evening which I had to curtail a bit early due to blizzard conditions, rivalling Swallow Moss. Couldn't do a good count but probably 100 Common Gulls & c 1000 BHG's. 25 Lesser blacks were also present indicating a bit...
  25. J

    Birding In Staffordshire

    Hi Adam The uk 250 club set some rules up a few years back which might help: http://surfbirds.com/uk250club.html Hope this helps. J
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