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  1. Frenchy

    Philippines Dec 2013/Jan 2014 (Luzon, Mindanao & Palawan)

    Hi folks Looks like we might finally have dates and an itinerary for a custom tour of the Philippine islands of Luzon, Mindanao and Palawan this Dec/Jan, and I'm putting the feelers out to see if anyone fancies it. Its going to be 38 days long (most likely starting on Dec 11th, finishing around...
  2. Frenchy

    Scotts Miracle-Gro sell poisoned bird food in US.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/grrlscientist/2012/mar/21/2?goback=%2Egde_1892828_member_102791733 Makes you wonder about what damage this stuff does when its put on items not intended for consumption by birds.
  3. Frenchy

    Wigeon hybrid? Lincs, UK.

    Interesting wigeon type here, at Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire. http://www.lincsbirds.co.uk/album/displayimage.php?album=14&pos=2 and here http://www.lincsbirds.co.uk/album/displayimage.php?album=14&pos=0 The green head stripe is often found on wigeon (eastern birds?), but this individual seems...
  4. Frenchy

    Trouble at Holkolm estate, Norfolk.

    Trouble at Holkham estate, Norfolk. The head gamekeeper on the Holkham estate is in trouble: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/nature-reserves-gamekeeper-accused-of-killing-wild-bird-2199018.html And the plot thickens...
  5. Frenchy

    Finland in July

    Hi Thought i'd post a link to a trip report done by my good friend Janne Aalto on our trip around Finland in Jul 2007. Time pressures have meant the report has just been posted. Hope you enjoy it! http://koti.mbnet.fi/caligata/fin.html I had ten lifers, including some things that are very...
  6. Frenchy

    Winter Wren potential split

    Hi This link was recently posted on Frontiers of Bird ID. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03769.x Maybe the Scottish Wrens will be up for detailed study next. We could do with an endemic species in Scotland...;)
  7. Frenchy

    Dust in 400D?

    Hi I seem to be getting two small blurred areas on the picture whenever there is a light background. I reckon this must be specks of dust, so does anyone know of the best way to get rid of them, as i've heard stories that blowing air into DSLR's is a bad idea. Thanks in advance, Paul.
  8. Frenchy

    Biofuel madness

    Hi Please visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/supporting/campaigns/biofuels/ and read all about the current threats that biofuels pose not just to the worlds ecosystems, but also to the poorest people throughout the world. If you have two minutes, please click on the link under "What can i do?" to...
  9. Frenchy

    Hybrid Herring x Glaucous, Ireland.

    Hi Thought i'd post these images for info. Presumably, this is a hybrid Herring x Glaucous Gull. At first i thought it was a Herring Gull with reduced black on the primaries, but there are a couple of other anomolies. The only black is on P8. The dark markings on P7 and P9-10 were actually...
  10. Frenchy

    American Herring Gull, Galway, Ireland.

    One for the gull guys! Theres clearly a lot to like about this bird, but check out the outer tail feather. http://www.pbase.com/stephaubry/image/93203127 http://www.pbase.com/stephaubry/image/93203128 http://www.pbase.com/stephaubry/image/93203125 Is that amount of chequering on the inner...
  11. Frenchy

    Report published on the status of European birds

    Hi The second report on the state of common birds in Europe has just been published and can be accessed via the EBCC website: http://www.ebcc.info/wpimages/video/StateEuropeCommonBirds2007.pdf I've not read any of the report yet myself, but i have heard that there has been an overall decline...
  12. Frenchy

    Winter records of Arctic Tern

    Hi I'm after a bit of a favour really. Saw a 1st win Arctic Tern yesterday in Lincolnshire, and was wondering how many December records there have been of this species in Britain. I guess there must be some, maybe in the far south especially, but this is apparently the first for Lincs. Anyone...
  13. Frenchy

    Two minutes for the Spoon-billed Sand: www.restoresaemangeum.com

    Hi everyone This message has just been posted on the Oriental Bird Club forum by Nial Moores of Birds Korea. After the tragedy that happened to the Saemangeum estuary in South Korea, perhaps its not too late to add your voice and make this a true international outcry. Please take the two minutes...
  14. Frenchy

    Important Info on the OBC Conservation Fund

    Oriental Bird Club - Conservation fund OBC invites applications for grants for conservation work and conservation awareness projects in the oriental region. The OBC/Asia Ecological Consultants Award (up to £1500) is for ornithological fieldwork relating to a threatened species. The...
  15. Frenchy

    Heuglins Gull in Finland

    Hi Thought i'd stick this in this forum as its ID related. Found this adult gull in eastern Finland recently (July) in with a small number of fuscus. Its clearly a heuglini type, but i wasn't really expecting to see one that far west in summer and presumably breeding. The habitat was extensive...
  16. Frenchy

    Western Palearctic Wheatear

    Hi everyone I realise this should probably go into the fun quiz section, but there is a reason i'm posting it here. A friend of mine has just come back off holiday in the Western Pal, and photograhed this wheatear. I'm withholding the location on purpose (although it is not Britain, don't...
  17. Frenchy

    Taiwan - endemics and spoonbills. Dec 2006.

    Participants: Paul French, John Badley, and Jim Scott. Taiwan was somewhere that had attracted me for a few years, with its beautiful scenery and high level of endemism. After reading up on the birding potential of the island, I was convinced to try it. The opportunity arose over Christmas 2006...
  18. Frenchy

    Proof that "Bird Flu" is not spread by migrating birds

    Hi The news that most of us knew already seems to have been proved. http://www.birdlife.org/news/news/2007/03/avian_flu_report.html Lets hope that those scare mongerers in the media pick up on this and act accordingly. I somehow doubt it.
  19. Frenchy

    Listing made simple

    Hi all I guess this has already been posted on here somewhere, but it'll be good to re-promote it. This website http://www.bubo.org/listing/ may be the answer to all listers prayers (and nightmares...!!), as your entire list can be inspected by all interested parties. I reckon this should...
  20. Frenchy

    EU bans wild bird trade.

    This is an RSPB media release detailing great news about the wild bird trade in Europe. Enjoy.... For immediate release January 11, 2007 Trade ban will save two million wild birds The trade in wild birds will be permanently banned throughout the EU because of fears for human and animal...
  21. Frenchy

    Whats my avatar?

    If anyone can identify my avatar, then much kudos to you. Two forum members are not allowed to enter (you know who you are.....).
  22. Frenchy

    Two micros for ID please

    Hi Have come to the conclusion i don't know what these are! Any help gratefully recieved, thanks. 2, 3 and 4 are the same moth.
  23. Frenchy

    Upgrade to digital

    Hi At the moment i've got a Canon EOS 30 with a 50-500mm sigma lens (not a classic bit of kit, but its served me well up to now!). I was thinking of going digital and getting a Canon DSLR, but was hoping to keep the lens. Is this possible, and what model would you guys recommend in the...
  24. Frenchy

    Sharp-angled carpet?

    Hi everyone I reckon the first one is a sharp-angled carpet, but it seems to be a bit rare here in Lincs, so i'd like confirmation (or not..!) of the ID please. Also not too sure about the 2nd one at all. Any ideas? thanks,
  25. Frenchy

    Triple-spotted clay or Double square spot

    Hi guys I've been trapping in Lincolnshire for a few months now, and can generally work most things out given time and the excellent UKmoths website, but i'm a bit stuck on this one. Local expert advice suggested double-sqaure spot, but i was hoping it may have been a triple-spotted clay...