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  1. Vectis Birder

    Sydney area, mid to late March

    I am going to be in Sydney between 20th and 25th March and then 27th and 28th March and Newcastle on 25th and 26th March. Are there any birders who'd like to meet up? I have been to Sydney before and, last time, met up with Rob Hynson for birding. I think I probably still owe Rob some petrol...
  2. Vectis Birder

    Need some help!

    Long time, no see! Right, this is going to be a bit of a waffle so please bear with me... Back in the mid-2000s I did a bit of sketching, on and off, but wasn't very prolific at all and eventually photography took over, totally at the expense of sketching. I guess the reason for this is the...
  3. Vectis Birder

    Sydney

    I am going to be in Sydney between 20th and 25th March and then 27th and 28th March and Newcastle on 25th and 26th March. Are there any birders who'd like to meet up? I have been to Sydney before and, last time, met up with Rob Hynson for birding. I think I probably still owe Rob some petrol...
  4. Vectis Birder

    Lens recommendations

    Hi everyone, I have got a Canon 70-200mm f/4 L zoom (non-IS) and a 400mm f/5.6 L telephoto but nothing between 200 and 400mm for general photography as well as closer birds. I do have a 1.4x II teleconverter I sometimes put onto the 70-200, making it 98-280mm, but I feel that a bare lens of a...
  5. Vectis Birder

    Web building software

    I am using Incomedia WebSite X5 Evolution for my website but I am having problems with it erasing photos every time I try to update it - with the result that I've lost my rag big time this evening and used about two months' worth of swear words on it at full volume! Can anyone please recommend...
  6. Vectis Birder

    Adobe Flash download problem

    I'm trying to download the latest Adobe Flash Player as all internet videos, etc, that use it have stopped working. However, the download won't work properly and it says that to download 2.7 MB it will take 12 minutes, and when I start the download it goes right up to 16 minutes+ which is...
  7. Vectis Birder

    Thai moth pupae

    I posted this in Butterflies and Moths, it's garnered 108 views but 0 replies so I am going to try it out here... When I was in Thailand in 2009 I came across some rather evil-looking dark brown hairy pupae low down on a tree on Doi Inthanon. I don't know what creature is responsible for the...
  8. Vectis Birder

    Thai moth pupae

    When I was in Thailand in 2009 I came across some rather evil-looking dark brown hairy pupae low down on a tree on Doi Inthanon. I don't know what creature is responsible for the pupae but I was told it was some sort of moth and that the pupae, if touched, can cause incurable gangrene if the...
  9. Vectis Birder

    Birding groups from the past(?)

    Last week I reread Mark Cocker's Birders: Tales of a Tribe (for the umpteenth time, I love that book) and one of the things that I was wondering about was who are, or were, '...the Kent lot, the Cornish suppressors, the Leicester lowlisters, the Sandbach Flashers, the Wath Ings bootboys, the...
  10. Vectis Birder

    The Gambia, late 2011/early 2012

    I am planning to go to The Gambia next winter, maybe sometime in November, December or January 2012. It's very much in the planning stages atm but I'd welcome company if anyone's interested in meeting up and sharing guides and helping keep bumsters at bay! Obviously, I'll come up with a more...
  11. Vectis Birder

    Spam texts

    Just recently I've been getting unsolicited texts, usually offering me compensation for an accident I've not had, or similar. These texts finish with 'To stop receiving these messages text STOP to...' - needless to say I DON'T text STOP to the number given as it's probably a scam and I'd likely...
  12. Vectis Birder

    Black-browed Albatross

    Over the past three years I have shamefully neglected sketching and drawing. This started when I got myself a 170-500mm lens for my DSLR and I now spend most of my time taking pictures of birds rather than drawing them. I suppose I found photography is a substitute for art and I love...
  13. Vectis Birder

    Copenhagen

    I am going to have a few hours in Copenhagen on 3rd May. As it is only a few hours (because I'm arriving by ship and leaving the same day by plane) but I want to fit in some birding if I can, can anyone recommend any spots in or near to the city accessible by public transport? Cheers
  14. Vectis Birder

    New Canon DSLRs announced

    Canon have announced the new 600D and 1100D, for release in April. Here's the link to an article on Photo Radar.
  15. Vectis Birder

    PSE 9 problems

    I am using Photoshop Elements 9 which I have had since Christmas. It's been ok up until the past week when, on the two occasions I've used it, it's done some strange things. Firstly, if I attempt to zoom in or out on the image, it jumps. e.g. instead of zooming from 50% up to 100%, it will jump...
  16. Vectis Birder

    Bempton Cliffs

    I would like to photograph Puffins and other seabirds this coming year and am thinking of going to Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire in May or June. It looks like it is accessible by public transport (although I have a car, I am not sure if I can be bothered to drive up there, and the vehicle ferry...
  17. Vectis Birder

    Camera clubs

    Does anyone here belong to a local camera club? I am thinking of joining our local one in an effort to improve my photography and I am wondering if it is worth it.
  18. Vectis Birder

    Canon price rise?

    I came across this earlier and it says that, as from 1st February, Canon prices are going up by as much as 16%. This is in the USA but, things being as they are, can we in the UK expect the same? :-C
  19. Vectis Birder

    Sigma 300mm f2.8

    I have the Canon 400mm f5.6 lens but want something longer. There's no way I can ever afford a Canon 500mm f4, not at the frightening £5000+ these things retail for, but I have seen some good sharp shots from the Sigma 300mm f2.8 with a 2x converter. An f2.8 would also allow AF on my 7D and 40D...
  20. Vectis Birder

    Macro lens advice, please

    I want to get a proper macro lens for insect shots, and will have a budget of up to £600. I am looking at the Canon 100mm f2.6 USM or the Sigma 150mm but will gladly take any recommendations you have. The lens I eventually end up getting will be used with a Canon 7D and a Canon 40D. Cheers 'VB'
  21. Vectis Birder

    Bag hides

    I'd like to get some sort of hide, both for use in the garden and to use out and about in the woods, etc. I've been looking at bag hides, such as this one on WEx, and am wondering if anyone else uses them and, if so, what you think of them. What are their pros and cons, etc? Thanks 'VB'
  22. Vectis Birder

    20D trade in price

    I know that this is probably a 'how long's a piece of string' question but I'll ask anyway. I have a 20D which is now surplus to requirements and is stuck away in a cupboard. I am planning to get myself a 17-40mm Canon L zoom sometime in the next couple of months, which will cost something in...
  23. Vectis Birder

    Travel ideas for next year

    I am thinking about a trip in late 2011/early 2012, preferably southern hemisphere or around the Equator. I was thinking about Australia but I've been there, done that. Ditto Ecuador (which I love) and Thailand. I am a lone traveller, on a bit of a budget, so I won't be staying in flash hotels...
  24. Vectis Birder

    Fazed

    Since getting home from a trip to South-East Asia and Australia almost exactly one year ago, I seem to have lost motivation and enthusiasm for going out birding. I haven't lost interest in birds, as I am happily watching and photographing the birds in and around the garden, it's just that I...
  25. Vectis Birder

    Wireless routers

    I am currently using BT Broadband, which I've had for about three and a half years now, and the internet has started to become erratic and drop out, meaning I have to reset the router two or three times a day. It's a real pain in the neck and I'm wondering if the router is a bit past it and in...
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