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  1. Fiscalshrike

    Best bird guides by region...Asia

    It looks to be a great 2 set, but to limit argument, I tend to be a one volume, soft cover, Canadian consumer. Sadly, the cost on this side of the pond is more than I care to invest on a non-birdy first toe dipping trip. But thanks for the reference for me to look at for when I win the lottery :)
  2. Fiscalshrike

    Best bird guides by region...Asia

    Looking for some feedback on bird guide for India (or region). Richart Grimmett, Helm or Princeton Publications. I hope to head to India in October 2022, and if I like it, it won't be my only visit. I haven't been to that part of the world yet, so it is a bit of unknown territory. I have 2...
  3. Fiscalshrike

    birding for tourists. London & ?? March/April

    Thanks Steve. It also looks like visitors can join tours from the London society and RSPB branches - if things ever start up again. I will also check BirdingPal and Surfbirders as well.
  4. Fiscalshrike

    birding for tourists. London & ?? March/April

    Thanks for the list. I expect the parks can offer much. I saw so many just from the bus or walking around Southampton. Then there are the winter migrants I picked up in Africa, but good to see them on home turf. Growing up in Victoria BC, we had quail and pheasant wild (introduced, of...
  5. Fiscalshrike

    birding for tourists. London & ?? March/April

    Thanks for the directions. I'll check that out.
  6. Fiscalshrike

    birding for tourists. London & ?? March/April

    I'l watch for this. Thanks.
  7. Fiscalshrike

    birding for tourists. London & ?? March/April

    Thanks. I am hoping I can can get onto some bird club day outings and I noticed this location. Just have to figure out how to do it by public transport. Seems to be a train stop in some close proximity.
  8. Fiscalshrike

    birding for tourists. London & ?? March/April

    Thanks for the details. I was thinking to leave as late into March as feasible, to have more time in April, so not peak late April migration, but should have something. I have Africa birds, and some Spain birds, as well as some seen from the National Express bus or around town. I tend to dip...
  9. Fiscalshrike

    birding for tourists. London & ?? March/April

    As anything these days, there is no guarantee of travel, however, perhaps by early Spring this Canadian can utilize a direct flight to London for tourism and some birding. I have only seen a small part of the country one December enroute to Southampton for a cruise, so have lots to consider. I...
  10. Fiscalshrike

    DIY non driving bird vacation 2 spots, 2 weeks. Recommendations?

    I have looked at Sarapiqui, but making that my 2nd location requires a return to San Jose and then back out to Sarapiqui....not having a rental car means it is not an easy add on. I see there isn't a lot of distance between Monteverde and Arenal, but I thought there was an altitude height to...
  11. Fiscalshrike

    DIY non driving bird vacation 2 spots, 2 weeks. Recommendations?

    I am looking for 2 places to spend 2 weeks in; in January 2021. I will most likely fly in and out of San Jose and spend a few of the days there so maybe a 5/5 split between the 2 locations. I haven't been to Central America yet, but Yucatan and Ecuador. I am not a go, go, go type traveler...
  12. Fiscalshrike

    Help with a couple of birds

    I am not on this forum very often, so late to the party, but the first image (20/38) is a female Brown Headed Cowbird. I am going to go out on a limb and say photo 2 is a juvenile. I can see some other images with that white edging to the feathers, and if male, then black feathers will start to...
  13. Fiscalshrike

    Abu Dhabi work trip

    Thanks for the details for Abu Dhabi. I have a long port day there in April and would have time for some birding around visit to the mosque. I am not keen on a kayak visit, but is there any land access to the mangrove area? It sounds like Umm al Emerat or some shoreline is the alternate. I will...
  14. Fiscalshrike

    Any luck birding in December Maderia Canary Islands

    Thanks Jurek. I'll take a look at Observado and explore cloudbirder further. I only have the one day for each port, but I am considering it an exploratory trip for a longer future trip.
  15. Fiscalshrike

    Any luck birding in December Maderia Canary Islands

    Hi. I have just booked a cruise over Christmas and have port calls for Funchal, Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Puerto del Rosario. My usual 'go to' data site for birds is eBird, but it doesn't show much for these islands in general, and a real dearth of birds for December. Any...
  16. Fiscalshrike

    1992 edition of Birds of Panama - still relevant?

    I have this one.... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guide-Mexico-Northern-Central-America/dp/0198540124/ref=pd_sbs_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=52Z1JT0DB6TJ6RK46F7B Too similar, I think, but at second glance, they do seem to cover an area of Nicaragua. I am looking at El Jaguar, Montibelli and el...
  17. Fiscalshrike

    1992 edition of Birds of Panama - still relevant?

    Thanks Niels. I have reviewed the Nicaragua thread - which is why I got to thinking of a guide to try and cover where my Howell was falling short. As I doubt I will visit often, I was hoping for a multi country guide (despite potential weaknesses and down falls). If the Dean guides for Panama...
  18. Fiscalshrike

    1992 edition of Birds of Panama - still relevant?

    The Ridgely Birds of Panama looks appealing as it also covers Nicaragua which is on my short list. However, it looks like the last edition was 1992. Is it relevant or is there an alternate guide for Central America? I am looking for Panama and Nicaragua in the short term, but also Costa Rica if...
  19. Fiscalshrike

    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2018 edition)

    Last 2 for me - Rock Dove(Feral Pigeon) and American Crow. Canada
  20. Fiscalshrike

    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2018 edition)

    2 viewed from house - Cardinal & Blue Jay. Still some hours of daylight left here. Hoping for a crow... Canada
  21. Fiscalshrike

    January 1st joint Birdforum list (2018 edition)

    I had every intention of a birding day this year (last year I was too new to be organized) but flu and dead car battery have me house bound. Weather has warmed up from -38 to -23C wind chill, but I haven't casually seen or heard a bird in days. Happy New Year.
  22. Fiscalshrike

    Montreal in Jan

    I would suggest the Montreal Botanical Gardens. I don't know how well maintained the Arboreteum is, but the Botanical Gardens is open year round and suggests birdwatching on their January calendar. It should at least have some maintained areas. Old Man Winter has really hit hard this week with...
  23. Fiscalshrike

    Birding on a cultural trip

    I hummed and hawed about where to post, but I won't provide a bird by bird trip report, so decided to post here. Europe is new for me with regards to birds, and I am committed enough to the hobby, that even a trip focused on 'culture' requires binoculars and a bird app. My trip ran Granada -...
  24. Fiscalshrike

    Independent Uganda September 15th - 30th

    Great finale! I didn't get up to Murchison, but it sounds like a great segment for you (despite the traffic dramas). I think that it should be noted, the driver should not also be a photographer where elephants are concerned. For your next trip (if not already done) Tanzania.
  25. Fiscalshrike

    Independent Uganda September 15th - 30th

    Ah, enjoying your report. A friend and I did a similar Uganda trip in 2015, but I did have a Tanzania driver with us. It was following the severe reduction of tourism after the Ebola crisis in Africa, and infrastructure and lodgings were suffering. We did it relatively cheaply and picked up...
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