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  1. wolfbirder

    Swarovski sales delays

    To be fair my Kowa knocks spots off even an ATS 80 but I need something lighter to carry.
  2. wolfbirder

    Madeira Swifts

    I only saw Plain Swifts last week, possibly a couple of Pallid's up at Pico do Arieiro. Sorry to digress, have you done the Pelagic from Funchal harbour? If so wondered how you got on, especially if you did the Desertas Islands one.
  3. wolfbirder

    Swarovski sales delays

    Yeah I noticed that, thanks for the heads up - unfortunately tho I used Clifton Cameras who unlike the others (to my knowledge at least), allow part-deposit / part finance, so I did a 50-50 split so have agreed a finance agreement as part of it which is already in place with my 1st payment due...
  4. wolfbirder

    Swarovski sales delays

    I wanted an ATS65HD because it is light and as I approach 60 I struggled to carry my Kowa 883 any distance, and unfortunately the result of this was that it fell over and broke. I know an ATS65 is an older model but they do still produce them, to be honest I have been scope-less for 3 months...
  5. wolfbirder

    Miranda du Douro.....

    Some lovely birds seen there Laurie, great birding. Seems ages since I have seen Cirl Bunting for instance.
  6. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    Thanks very much Laurie, your best bet would be Ryan Air flights (but not from Brum unfortunately only Manchester), about £100 return without hold baggage Friday to Monday, taxi to Funchal about 20 euros each way, and try to find a cheapish hotel from booking.com or the like within walking...
  7. wolfbirder

    Madeira Pelagic Bird (long shot...)

    I was on a pelagic trip from Funchal on 18 and 19 June and if you only went 5 miles out I’d fully expect your species to be lots of Corys, and a few Manxies and Bulwers. Apart from white gulls and terns I saw no other bird species at all. If it was all brown it was almost certainly a Bulwers...
  8. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    Thanks Mike, the danger is I am basing it on one trip, but many others have seen several gadfly petrels from the relative luxury of the Ventura du Mar. If you Google that company you can see what they offer. They actually stop for good seabirds…..VMT Madeira were the last and only choice for me...
  9. wolfbirder

    Swarovski sales delays

    Hi Since April I have ordered an ATS65HD from a reputed dealer in the UK. 2 months on I still have no delivery date. I know this is not a new model but they do produce these. What is going on at Swarovski? Feel like cancelling the order and getting an alternative. The fault is not with the...
  10. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    Thanks all, yes I did stop for a bit of Madeira cake at a cafe at Ribeiro Frio. Everything was taken at a truly slow pace so I could cram in as little actual birding as possible. I also spent quite a lot of time eating snacks and chocolate and drinking tea or beer in my room. To be honest...
  11. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    Too true, but then realised I was once young and just am becoming intolerant(:-. I think you would love Madeira for the butterflies, though I must admit I am not sure how much variety there is.
  12. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    So easy to do and Funchal is a beautiful city. Or there are plenty of resorts around Madeira. A great place to take a family holiday and see nature!
  13. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    I didn't Jan mate, only when I wrote the report last night (:.
  14. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    Thanks Howard. Wow, we were told we could not really go past the hut when we had landed on shore at Desertas. Not sure why. Love to have seen those cetaceans! I'd definitely do it again if cheap flights and annual leave permit, just for the pelagic trips.
  15. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    Thanks Chris, Jos. I am truly lightweight and proud of it (:-.
  16. wolfbirder

    Hardcore Madeira Madness - 15 - 20 June 2022

    Well, with remaining annual leave to take within a certain time limit (or lose it), I searched around Ryan Air to see where I get to mid-June at a low cost, and Madeira came up, with flights from Manchester on 15th June, returning mid-day on 20th June, all for around £150. Travelling...
  17. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    Many thanks Pete, that is great. Yes I will be going inland for Trocaz Pigeon and Firecrest, but apart from one morning, the rest will all eyes out at sea. Also as I am based at Machico, hope to check out the river area. Looking forward to it!
  18. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    I have located several good spots around the coast, so my report will likely be just a sea-watching trip report, plus hopefully the 2 boat trips on normal catamaran with VMT (Desertas Islands cruise (18th), and then evening whale and dolphin cruise (19th)), unless cancelled...
  19. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    Thank you Paul, that is really helpful. I’ve started getting angina and it can suddenly feel like air supply is being cut off. Best not to be by a precipitous cliff edge when feeling dizzy (:-. I also don’t like heights, and I don’t like boats with no wc either - I know, why am I going to...
  20. wolfbirder

    In Search of Hawf Title (No prefix) inch (Scotland)

    Hawfinch are very difficult at the best of time, but when the trees are in full leaf you have so little chance, mosquitos can also be a real pest in Scotland in some summers too.
  21. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    Apparently some bye-law prohibits anyone from going on the path at night, not sure how it’s enforced though. It’s pretty dangerous anyway with steep ledges.
  22. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    Thx Jurek, several people report seeing them but only on a clear moonlit night.
  23. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    Thank you very much for your thoughts Bis, Forest, Steve…. will be most helpful. I have sorted out a good seawatching spot near Machico, where I am based. I just like easy going stuff but hopefully the boats will run tho they are subject to the weather. I might well try the Pico late...
  24. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    Thanks Bis, much appreciated. Not sure I could take the Ribs to be honest, need a piss every hour (:-. Did you manage to separate Zino’s from Desertas ok?
  25. wolfbirder

    Madeira request for information

    I have managed to get cheap lights and a hotel for 5 nights from 15th June (next Wednesday) but have lucked-out on booking trips, which are all full. Madeirawinds have no free spaces on their ribs nor any available on the trip to the mountain at Pico do Arieiro, for Zino's. The regular...
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