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  1. J

    windows 10

    Good advice Dave and Mono, I'll take it and hang on a while. Many thanks.
  2. J

    windows 10

    Just had Microsoft updates for Windows 7 and its' left an offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10, anyone heard anything about it, think it's worth upgrading, or stay with the devil you know?
  3. J

    Vilafafila - Great Bustard

    Hi Yves, Very pleased to hear you had a great time, how about doing a short trip report for Villafafilla fans. regards John
  4. J

    Vilafafila - Great Bustard

    Hi Yves, I've always been there in the first week of May, mainly because it's in the north of Spain and the weather is more unsettled than further south so I would say go in May. Good luck John
  5. J

    Azure-winged Magpies becoming tamer

    Hi Simon, I noticed how tame they were when I first went to the Algarve about 12-13 years ago, staying at the Oasis Village Vilamoura. Obviously people there have been feeding them before this and they have become so used to being fed they come looking for it each morning, some being bold enough...
  6. J

    Flying to Faro to visit Coto Donana

    Thanks for clearing that up Simon, only I remember a while ago they were planning for a toll station at the border, obviously they didn't do it. Coming back from Spain providing you exit at the Castro Marim/Beja junction you miss the toll checkpoint, that starts just after you join the A22...
  7. J

    Flying to Faro to visit Coto Donana

    How can you do that Andrew, you can only cross into Spain on the toll road, isn't there a toll checkpoint at the border?
  8. J

    Flying to Faro to visit Coto Donana

    I've done this several times but recently most car hire companies charge 30euros to travel into Spain, the best one I've found is 'Travelrent', booked through 'Economycarhire', they only charge 10euros. The toll road is the only practical route into Spain so you will have to use it and probably...
  9. J

    Downloadable raw software

    You could give 'Faststone Image Viewer' a try, it's free, supports Raw files and easy to get your head around. It's quite simple to use and will convert raw files to Tiff (or Jpeg) then has some further editing tools to use on your Jpgs or you can send them to another editor to finish them off.
  10. J

    Roller and Golden Oriole

    Many thanks Simon, there's obviously a lot of birds in the Algarve the casual visitor doesn't get to see through lack of time, effort, and visiting the same well known places instead of trying new areas.
  11. J

    Roller and Golden Oriole

    Simon, did your area include the Odeleite - Alcoutim road, I've seen some good looking eucalyptus (or similar looking) stands along here.
  12. J

    Free Birdwatching Guide to the Algarve PDF

    Hi Mick, You've forgotten the link.
  13. J

    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 6) Wed. 19th Nov. Rain overnight. Cloudy and windy most of the day with some light rain. It looked a bit lighter to the east so set off for Tavira, mist and fog on the inland side of the A22 near Faro didn't bode well and Tavira was also overcast but not as...
  14. J

    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 5) Sun. 16th Nov. A pre-breakfast visit to Falesia Lagoon gave an Osprey fishing briefly before flying back to the coast, 2 Little Bitterns calling, Purple Gallinules, Water Rail, Black-headed Weaver, Penduline Tit, Sardinian, Fan-tailed and Cetti's...
  15. J

    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 4) Thurs. 13th Nov. This is what makes the Oasis so good, sitting on the balcony having breakfast and watching Azure-winged Magpies, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Chiffchaffs, Robin and a couple of Crag Martins, beats a luxury room anytime. Off...
  16. J

    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 3) Tues. 11th Nov. Last full day at Cabanas today. 2 Iberian Hares seen in the saltpans across the river. Tavira again for Bluethroats, 200 Med Gulls and 40+ Audouin's in pans. S. Luzia still low on waders. Tried the track at Salinas village that takes you...
  17. J

    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 (part 2) Sat. 8th Nov. After a stroll around the local saltmarsh and area I headed over to the 4 aguas again for a try at Bluethroat photos, the usual birds also seen plus Waxbills, several White Storks, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Whimbrel. A look around...
  18. J

    Algarve November 2014.

    Algarve Trip 6th-21st Nov. 2014 - J. H. Johns. November's here again, time for another trip to the Algarve for some decent birding. I wasn't going to bother with a report but a couple of people have asked me to so here it is. A bit long-winded as usual but I like to include most of the birds...
  19. J

    Vilafafila - Great Bustard

    You're more than welcome Yves, just a tip that might help - if you don't have any luck along the main road try the couple of tracks off to the right near the turn for Villafafila village, especially in the mornings, the Bustards seem to stay more in this area at that time of day, but if it has...
  20. J

    Vilafafila - Great Bustard

    Hi Yves, here's part of a trip I made there a few years ago, I can't imagine the area changing very much so the info should still be good. Have a look on Google Earth and you'll see the road I'm referring to. If you need any more info etc just get back to me. regards John 6th May. Left for...
  21. J

    Algarve visit 8th Jan - 29th Jan

    Alan, I was in the Algarve middle two weeks of November, Slender-billed Gull is almost guaranteed at Santa Luzia saltworks, easiest way to get there is to come from Santa Luzia towards Tavira and take the second track on the right (about 200mtrs after leaving the town), drive up to the works'...
  22. J

    Winter raptors in the Algarve

    I'm recently back from 2 weeks in the Algarve (6-21 Nov), staying at Cabanas, near Tavira, and Vilamoura. If you're particularly interested in raptors there's been a Black-winged Kite in the saltpan/orchard area of Cabanas, near the waterworks/railway line and another at Quinto da Rocha near...
  23. J

    Winter raptors in the Algarve

    Peter, It would be highly unlikely at this time of year. There is a Peregrine wintering in the area, only other falcons I would expect to see are Kestrel and possibly Merlin, but you never know.
  24. J

    Birding in/around Valencia

    Have a look at this thread, it might be of some use to you. http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=279630
  25. J

    java problem

    Many thanks for your reply Niels. It seems the only option available. john
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