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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia

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  1. kitefarrago

    Can you see red panda independently?

    Travelling independently in China is not easy, but if you can get yourself to Labahe then I would have thought you'd have good chances of seeing them. We spent one morning going up the road by park bus and walking down, and from that admittedly single experience it seems that: They sleep in the...
  2. kitefarrago

    Victoria to Port angeles

    I was thinking Rhinoceros Auklets as well. Andrea
  3. kitefarrago

    Cock of the Rock - Peru or Ecuador?

    The Inkaterra hotel in Aguas Caliente has fruit as well as hummingbird feeders, and they have quite nice gardens which turn into secondary forest. As non-residents we asked nicely whether they minded us having a look around and they were very accommodating. Andrea
  4. kitefarrago

    Hummer 2, June, Copalinga, SE Ecuador

    I agree with you both. Andrea
  5. kitefarrago

    Resizing images for posting and losing quality

    You don't give us a lot of information about how exactly you are resizing, apart from the program you use. How large are the files you end up with? What settings do you use? Do you do this starting with an in-camera jpg that has been adjusted in Photoshop, or are you working from raw? If you are...
  6. kitefarrago

    ABA Big Year 2019

    It so happens that he made some comments about this in the latest blog entry: He thinks he's going to get above 52 for Hawaii, and he's trying to organize a multi-day pelagic. He also mentions that his overall success will rely on `a reasonable Fall season for Alaskan vagrants', and it seems he...
  7. kitefarrago

    That's a lot of Dolphins!

    I'vee seen an estimated 1000 Long-beaked Common dolphins off the coast of Baja California, and the sighting lasted more than 25 minutes too, so I agree that the reported sighting isn't that impressive. Andrea
  8. kitefarrago

    Passerine in Bangladesh, Nov 2018

    I think the breast and belly of the bird are largely in shadow, with only the hindmost part of it lit by sunlight. I therefore think all the underparts are pale, and the dark colour is an artefact. Andrea
  9. kitefarrago

    Another bird Jorupe SW Ecuador

    Niels, I can't help with the id directly, but as somebody who spends a lot of time staring at her own sub-optimal photos, I think the `dark cap' is really just shadow in these photos. Andrea
  10. kitefarrago

    John's Mammals 2019

    The trip took place from mid-May to mid-June, starting in Chengdu and moving roughly counter-clockwise, starting in the north, along the various standard locations to the west of the city: Tangjiahe, Ruoergai and surrounds, Menghi pass from Maerkang, Balangshan, Labahe, Longcanggou. (I'm going...
  11. kitefarrago

    John's Mammals 2019

    I've recently returned from an organized birding trip to Sichuan and Yunnan. We did quite well with mammals, thanks (in part) to two impromptu night drives. Is there any interest in me posting what we saw and where? Andrea
  12. kitefarrago

    Birds in Colombia for ID

    The first looks a better fit for Buff-tailed Coronet to me. The tail is in the shadow and so doesn't look as pale as one might expect. But the bill shape, the white `boots' and the colour of the underwing are all better for that species. Andrea
  13. kitefarrago

    Gloves for binoculars and smartphone in snowy conditions

    I think for specific suggestions you'll probably have to give more details, Jurek. I run quite warm when hiking, so even up to -10 I'm unlikely to want to wear gloves unless I expect to stand a bit. Fleece gloves which are suitable for smartphone use should do the trick in that situation, I...
  14. kitefarrago

    best wellies for birding?

    Travelling with wellington boots in your luggage does indeed take up significant space and weight. I think what the right choice for you is depends on a number of factors: - How picky are you when it comes to the shoes you walk in? - Are you likely to find a pair that will fit you wherever...
  15. kitefarrago

    Hummingbird at Cock of the Rock Lodge, Peru

    Looks like Violet-fronted Brilliant to me. Andrea
  16. kitefarrago

    Favoured types of birding trips

    I'm not sure that allowing independent travellers to go wherever they please would combine well with the aims of conservation in some parts of the world. Would you really like every cruise ship or yacht to be able to stop everywhere they please, any time they please, and visit any of the...
  17. kitefarrago

    9 days in Colombia, March 2019

    I too very much enjoyed this trip report, in particular the fact that it gave an impression of independent travel in Colombia as well as the more birding-related parts. Thanks for taking the trouble to write it up. Andrea
  18. kitefarrago

    Africa: Page-scrolling or app

    One of the problems with taking photos and hoping to sort out id later is that unless you already know what it might be you don't know what the clinchers for id will be. When you get back home you realize you needed to see the undertail coverts, say, and your pictures don't show that. Or you...
  19. kitefarrago

    Africa: Page-scrolling or app

    I agree with Andy that you can eliminate a number of species based on range and time of year. You are only going to visit a limited area, and in August/September most of the northern migrants won't have arrived yet (with the exception of waders). You could, for example, put a coloured dot in the...
  20. kitefarrago

    Using bike lights for birding?

    The rear light of a bike is designed to be seen, and not to see by, if you see what I mean. I don't think you'll get any joy from that. If you have a sufficiently powerful front light you may be able to improvise the red filter as suggested by others. I think having a powerful torch is useful...
  21. kitefarrago

    Help with Hummingbirds

    I haven't travelled to Central America, but I have quite a lot of experience with Rufous-tailed, and I would agree with The Fern that this is a good call for a, c and d. In the gallery there's another shot of that species taken in Panama where there's no red showing in the bill (and since that...
  22. kitefarrago

    Id help

    I think many birders are caught out when they see an immature Bateleur for the first time. I agree that this is one. For the original poster: Bateleurs have extremely short tails, and while immature ones (like many other raptors) have longer ones, they are still very short. If you look at your...
  23. kitefarrago

    What BIRDS GALLERY can you recommend?

    But note that flickr has been bought bySmugMug (a photo hosting company that seems to aim at professionals and ambitious amateurs) which means there has been a change in the user agreement. For the last few years, on a free account one could have as many images as one wanted. Now there's a limit...
  24. kitefarrago

    EXIF data

    Kits, I'm on a Mac. I struggle to understand why you wouldn't be able to open photos taken by somebody else. From what I can tell the menu you included above is from a web browser, not from Preview. If you want to view Exif data via a web-browser you have to find a plug-in that does it. If you...
  25. kitefarrago

    Ecuador Hummingbird again.

    I don't know the location either, but I agree with the suggestion of Buff-tailed Coronet. Andrea