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    What Bird? Luhačovice (Czech Republic)

    Help! I received this info from an American friend in Europe: "I am in the spa town of Luhačovice (Czech Republic) and I noticed a bird struggling. He must have flown into the window you see him at. "He is quite beautiful and I'm not sure whether he is rare or not but thought you'd be...
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    Kowa 883 - best arca swiss plate?

    There are different grades of Loctite. You want the blue loctite - it secures (almost) permanently, but the seal can be broken using an Allen wrench - with just a bit of force.
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    E-Image GH06 video head with 75mm bowl (= ikan E-Image GH06 Fluid Head ) https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1712707 Price: $395.00 Payment method: PayPal Item condition: 10 Preowned equipment, but appears as new Shipping instructions: Buyer pays shipping Up for sale is my E-Image GH06...
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    well...at 1.5 pounds I use this one all the time for the same purpose(s) as you are interested in. And I am a PhD field researcher with birds - and an educator too: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1158916-REG/acratech_7112_video_ballhead_with_knob.html Buy once and it is done...look for...
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    Tripod Head Advice for Meopta Meostar S2

    https://www.acratech.net/video-products/video-head/video-ballhead/ https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1158916-REG/acratech_7112_video_ballhead_with_knob.html
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    Thought this might be of interest to folks reading this thread...info from 15 July 2021: ----------------- Thank you for your interest in our Zino's petrel pelagic expeditions. At https://windbirds.co/d/pelagics2021.pdf you have a pdf document with more details about the trip, payment terms...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    using the center column on any tripod significantly reduces the stability of the set-up - especially if conditions are even slightly "breezy" (the spotting scope will act like a sail in the wind, harvesting that breeze!). Extend the legs instead...and to save weight, get rid of the center...
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    what is the best season? How are the June trips different than the August ones?
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    cape may in late September?

    Hawk Mtn gets very crowded in October though it is the best time to visit to watch the Accipiter flight (10-15 Oct approx). Go during the week...say Mon-Thu. Book your hotel now because there are limited number of places to stay in the Kempton area (check Air BnB's too). I trust you will have a...
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    cape may in late September?

    for raptors...cold fronts in early to mid-October. For warblers...that can be as early as August...Personally I prefer October as a good/great day means many falcons flying low past the observation deck (Peregrines/Merlins)...days with northwest winds usually are best for migrant raptors.
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    Carbon tripod and head for heavy lens.

    For big spotting scopes, as Bill Atwood recommends, get a pan/tilt video head. Why? You need something (a handle!) to pan/turn the scope with...you don't want to use the ocular (eyepiece) of the scope to do that - which you would have to do if you got a ballhead (eg Flexshooter). I like this one...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    The person (aka "slender/petite" woman) should look for a tripod that supports at least 5x the weight of the scope. So if her scope weighs 3 pounds total, get a tripod that supports AT LEAST 15 pounds. Similarly the tripod head must support at least 5x (and preferably a bit more like 7/8x) the...
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    Tripod and head for slight female birder

    https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1707173 a discussion of lightweight travel tripod set ups
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    From my Manhattan Window

    Hi Arthur - this past Sunday (3 July 2021), we had some migrants on the Bob Bird Walk in Central Park: at least two (seen together) Worm-eating Warblers and a Swamp Sparrow. The latter is an early record southbound migration date for the species (SwSp). Worm-eating Warblers are notorious early...
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    Carbon tripod and head for heavy lens.

    Carbon Fiber. Leofoto offers best value/quality right now...they have a deal that includes the head. Go for a three section tripod if possible - the extra fourth section (though makes the tripod smaller for packing) gets to be annoying to extend time after time (x three legs). If you can buy...
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    North Dakota - June 2021

    Both LeConte's Sparrow and Baird's Sparrow are easy to bring in using sound recordings...very close in fact (no need of a scope). Try your luck with Upland Sandpiper and Marbled Godwit (respond well), and with some luck Wilson's Phalarope. Good Luck!
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    Advice for a strap for BTX 95 SOC

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08VH46XXF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Leofoto SP-01 Push Button Quick Detach Modular Tripod Strap/Sling Left/Right Handed (can be used for cameras or anything else to carry)
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    Swarovski 115mm with MVH502AH head - no bueno

    Here is a link to the Outdoorsman Balance Rail (foot) for the 115mm scope with either the ATX or the BTX: Outdoorsmans ATX/STX/BTX 115 Balance Rail Here is a link to the Outdoorsman Balance Rail (foot) for the 85mm OR 95mm scope ONLY with the BTX (not ATX compatible): Outdoorsmans BTX Balance...
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    Swarovski 115mm with MVH502AH head - no bueno

    I highly (highly) recommend anyone buying a Swarovski scope AVOID at all costs the Swarovski pan/tilt head and Swarovski Tripod - vastly overpriced and of lesser quality than similar tripods (Carbon Fiber) and heads made by other manufacturers - look at Leofoto CF tripods for example...and used...
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    Swarovski 115mm with MVH502AH head - no bueno

    Acratech Video Head for Swarovski scopes: Video Ball-Head By Acratech https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1158916-REG/acratech_7112_video_ballhead_with_knob.html has Arca-Swiss connections...about $600. I have/use and like it much. Supports my 85mm scope body with the BTX. It ?should...
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    Bluetooth speakers

    These have been great for my field work: Amazon.com and a bit larger (louder): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0784ZQFHZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Both keep sound at high volumes and do not distort; are waterproof; and I've dropped them several times - no...
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    Philadelphia Vireo Long Point Prov. Park Ontario

    Looking at Photos 1, 2 and 3 - Philadelphia Vireo - the pronounced white line over the eye...and dark lore/line into the eye - and yellowish underparts - that is Phil Vireo to me. BUT, processing photos or lighting or a small sensor camera can take colors/contrast and exaggerate them Photo 4 -...
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    Binocular bargains

    Good catch! Thank You for alerting me to my error - yes Athlon Taos - I made the change to my original comments...Thank You
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    Fluid head

    Look at the Acratech Video Ball Head - much lighter and sturdier and Arca-Swiss: https://www.acratech.net/video-products/video-head/video-ballhead/
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