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  1. John Cantelo

    Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

    Apologies, I have only just seen this thread as I'm currently in Spain where, until yesterday, I had no Wi-Fi. There are a number of rather tame Robins dotted at several points from the Stodmarsh car park through the nature trail (strictly no dogs) and as you walk along the initial part of the...
  2. John Cantelo

    Spanish Breeding Birds Atlas III - now online

    supersedes previous Spanish atlases Ooops - intended link now added!
  3. John Cantelo

    Spanish Breeding Birds Atlas III - now online

    Although I'm enough of a Luddite to want it in book form, It's great news that the third Spanish Bird Atlas is now online and free to access. I've scarcely had time to look at it but from what I've seen it seems (as one would expect) a very authoritative and useful reference. One advantage of...
  4. John Cantelo

    Two Month Review: Swaro 10x42 NLs

    18 months on from purchase the 'rubber' rings around the eyepieces kept detaching (resolved by carefully applied dabs of glue). Weight has not proved to be a problem even after using them all day. The method of attaching the straps remain an over-engineered annoyance and hamper a wider choice...
  5. John Cantelo

    Sound Approach Morocco - problem with USB

    Thanks for responding. As it still refused to play I contacted the Sound Approach Team about this and they kindly sent a replacement ... which won't work in any of the four USB slots on my computer either. All of my various other USB devices work perfectly on my computer but not this one...
  6. John Cantelo

    Sound Approach Morocco - problem with USB

    I'm currently reading this excellent book but when I slot the supplied USB into my computer nothing whatsoever happens. No box or instructions appears and the screen remains unchanged whichever USB slot I use. Yet my other USBs work fine in all of them. Anyone else having a problem?
  7. John Cantelo

    Great-crested Grebe - unseasonal breeding.

    When I raised my binoculars to look at a smaller grebe next to a distant Great-crested at Fordwich (Kent) this morning (31/01/22) I was hoping for a Red-necked but what I didn't expect to see was a young Great-crested Grebe! A further scan found two adults attending a total of four youngsters...
  8. John Cantelo

    Birdwatching in Straits of Gibraltar & La Janda

    A good trip report. Thanks for your kind comment here and in your report. It's always a pleasure to help fellow birders get the most out of their trip so I'm delighted to hear that you had such a good time and that my notes were so helpful. When friends join me in Spain Llanos de Libar is always...
  9. John Cantelo

    The bird you were most happy to see. Anywhere in the world.

    I've yet to see the first seven birds you mention, Phil, and I managed to dip the Wryneck you found at Dibden Bay (probably one of the few trips there that I wasn't with you). I well remember you telling me all about the LSW on Southampton Common and then going one better and later showing me...
  10. John Cantelo

    Your favorite books of 2021

    If your criterion is enjoying a good read then Jon Dunn's "The Glitter in the Green" tops the list although Jonathan C. Slaght's "Owls of the Eastern Ice" is a close second. It's also been a good year for bird ID books - "Seabirds: A New Identification Guide", "Europe's Birds" & "Flight...
  11. John Cantelo

    The bird you were most happy to see. Anywhere in the world.

    It has to be Steller's Eagle, a bird I never thought I'd see and which proved to be every bit as good as I'd hoped and more. That said, if I'd got a photo of the Blakiston's Fish Owl I saw on the same trip then it might have just pipped the eagle at the post! Hokkaido in winter is just fantastic.
  12. John Cantelo

    Where in the Kent area can I see woodcocks?

    4-5 Woodcock were seen emerging from their roost at the 'paddock' at Grove Ferry at dusk a week or so ago ...
  13. John Cantelo

    New edition of F├ągelguiden (Collins Bird Guide).

    I just hope that they keep the species in the familiar more functional & intuitive (if less scientifically correct) order rather than adopting the latest taxonomic thinking. Above all, field guides should be functional guides rather than biological textbooks so if anything I'd prefer the sort...
  14. John Cantelo

    What Discontinued Binocular Would You Redesign and Bring Back If You Could ?

    The Nikon SE 8x32 is pulling ahead of the field with five people liking my original suggestion, another making the same point which has also been liked.
  15. John Cantelo

    What Discontinued Binocular Would You Redesign and Bring Back If You Could ?

    Easy-peasy - Nikon SE 8x32 only fully waterproofed with better eyecups and a wider focus wheel (also the 10x42 model).
  16. John Cantelo

    Birdwatching in Straits of Gibraltar & La Janda

    E-bird tells me it was captured and ringed at La Zarga (near Bolonia) on Friday 3 Dec. Is the sighting at Los Barrios an additional one?
  17. John Cantelo

    Where in the Kent area can I see woodcocks?

    That's certainly the case in east Kent where there are several former coal tips now colonised by birch scrub with de facto (if not entirely legal) access to the west of Deal around Tilmanstone.
  18. John Cantelo

    Is this a dunlin? Seen off Christchurch UK late July in 2021

    Yes, a Dunlin. The black belly patch is diagnostic when the species is in summer plumage.
  19. John Cantelo

    Handboek Europese vogels

    For browsing and refining my knowledge/understanding like many I find printed books far more pleasant to read than pdfs and so am comfortable with reading them for much longer. For checking odd details or confirming ID in the field then a pdf on a mobile Phone is much better.
  20. John Cantelo

    Where in the Kent area can I see woodcocks?

    It remains a huge area but I think that the level of disturbance especially by poorly supervised dogs is a lot higher than it was 18 years ago.
  21. John Cantelo

    Where are the Goldcrests?

    Lots of Goldfinch on my beat in Kent and no shortage of Blue Tits either but Chaffinch have been well down.
  22. John Cantelo

    Where in the Kent area can I see woodcocks?

    Seeing them on the ground is always very tricky so finding a bird quartering above woodland in its display flight (roding) in spring is your best chance. Unfortunately, they have declined in Kent (in part due to increased disturbance from dogs etc. However, I've had them roding in the...
  23. John Cantelo

    Where are the Goldcrests?

    Fieldfares have been scarce in Kent too.
  24. John Cantelo

    Where are the Goldcrests?

    Ever since I started birdwatching the best part of six decades ago the mass influx of Goldcrests on the coast has been a regular feature of autumn. As far as I can make out this has been an unbroken thread of autumnal birding back into the Victorian period. Victorians even called them...
  25. John Cantelo

    Black kite ?

    Marsh Harrier - a Black Kite would be longer tailed and rangier.
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