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  1. dandsblair

    Cuba but not as we planned it

    Cuba 28th December 2020 – 12th January 2021 2020 was our worst year birding since 1987, I had only 10 lifers in Jordan in January and Sarah added just one additional bird to her list after that a Black-bellied Sandgrouse in Fuerteventura in November. So a trip to Cuba with 30+ lifers on offer...
  2. dandsblair

    Fuerteventura November 4th to 11th

    So on 29th October it looked like our trip to Cuba was on; Varadero airport was open, tickets and hotels confirmed, we would fly into Varadero on 15th November, drive to Havana for few nights, then back to the north coast and then south coast with a local guide to see most of the endemics...
  3. dandsblair

    WWT reserves re-opening

    WWT reserves are opening next week. Marton Mere from 9th June, (we booked for 10th) you have to book in advance, but you can access for the day, unlike National Trust places where slots are time limited. Hides, toilets and collections are open but with some sensible restrictions.
  4. dandsblair

    Favourite bird species

    So in the boring lockdown we were discussing our favourite bird families and coming up with our top 5 birds for each group of species. We tried to do it based on either having a photo (not always the best) or a description from our trip reports The first groups are the obvious one Pittas, Bird...
  5. dandsblair

    Guyana and Trinidad

    Sarah has wanted to see Kaieteur Falls for many years and we had both wanted to stay at Asa Wright in Trinidad after staying at Pax and doing just a day visit there some 14 year ago. Day 1 We flew to Trinidad from London Gatwick with BA and connecting flight with Caribbean on to Guyana. We...
  6. dandsblair

    Cuba - guide and resort

    We are probably going to Cuba for 10 or 14 days end of November. We will have 2 or 3 days to ourselves for birding away from the hotel and some part days around the resort. I understand car hire is difficult on Cuba so we will probably be looking for 2 days guided birding with transport...
  7. dandsblair

    Around the World in 60 days (March – May 2019) with a bit of birding along the way.

    We have just started this "Around the World in 60 days trip" I'll post at the end of each leg if there is birding involved. ---------------------------- I had long held ambitions to do a Round-the World trip. After much studying of the Star Alliance RTW tool on their website I had a plan...
  8. dandsblair

    Week in Marrakech - – January 2019

    Week in Marrakech -– January 2019 Having really enjoyed a week in Agadir staying in the 4 star Riu Tidiki Dunes just 6 weeks ago; we decided to repeat the act and go to the sister hotel the Riu Tidiki Gardens sited in the Palmeira area of Marrakech on an all-inclusive basis (also with TUI)...
  9. dandsblair

    Day trip from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

    We are doing a cultural trip to Vietnam and Cambodia next month, I promised this is not a birding one but hopefully some incidental birding around temples etc but we have a few days in Hanoi at the end and a day in Ho Chi Minh City at the start where I could fit some thing in. Any...
  10. dandsblair

    Week in Agadir December 2018

    Week in Agadir - December 2018 Having just come back from a 22 day Ethiopian birding trip to a cold and wet UK we felt in need of some sun and relaxation. I looked on-line for good deals and found a week in Agadir staying in the 4 star Riu Tidiki Dunas; sited on the beach in Agadir on an...
  11. dandsblair

    Ethiopia Tour – Oct /November 2018

    Ethiopia Tour – Oct /November 2018 We had wanted to go to Ethiopia for some time and nearly visited a couple of year ago but changed our plans when a state of emergency was declared after some local troubles, gladly now this seems a thing of the past. So it while we would normally just get a...
  12. dandsblair

    Australia – The Explorers Way and a few extra bits.

    Australia – The Explorers Way and a few extra bits (August - Sept 18). Driving the length of the Stuart Highway from South to North Coast with a few detours to Flinders Range, Uluru, Kings Canyon, etc. has been a long held ambition since I saw the Explorer’s Way described as “a journey into...
  13. dandsblair

    Adelaide to Darwin

    We are planning to drive the Explorers Way in Aug / Sept. A few days in Adelaide middle of August then up to Uluru, Alice Springs, Katherine, etc to Darwin. Does anyone know a decent guide or Birdpal for Alice Springs (as well as birds Sarah is hoping to find the Thorny Devil) a day or half...
  14. dandsblair

    April 18 - Costa Rica in search of the Resplendent Quetzal

    We had previously visited Costa Rica as part of a general wildlife tour and although we saw plenty due to severe unseasonal weather we missed quite a bit including the Quetzal at Monteverde. So 17 years on and timed to co-incide with a big birthday we were back in Costa Rica staying at Savegre...
  15. dandsblair

    Flash or not to flash

    On a recent trip to Indonesia, our guide who is also a serious photographer, said I should really use a flash for night shots of owls even when they are in the spotlight to allow lower ISO setting. When I was starting out the guy advising me was of the reverse opinion, he said that flash even...
  16. dandsblair

    In search of Kingfishers and Owls in Sulawesi and Halmahera, Indonesia

    We could not fit in with any organised tours to Sulawesi & Halmahera and because of annual leave restriction and we couldn’t do the full standard Birdtour Asia itinerary, our preferred option, even as a private tour so we decided not to go for the Scrubfowl on Halmahera (avoiding long 8 hour...
  17. dandsblair

    7D Mkii will not auto power off

    My 7D Mkii will not auto power off after the 2 minute (or what ever value I set) interval. I have tried upgrading firmware and going back to factory settings but it does not fix the problem, I have changed lens and extender too but to no avail. Everything is else working OK only problem is that...
  18. dandsblair

    Tour of Taiwan June 2017

    Taiwan not only has great avifauna but also a host of other winning points that make it a wonderful destination for a comfortable birding trip. With around 32 endemics, and many endemic subspecies that could be split in the next 10 years there was a load to look forward to. It is located 100 km...
  19. dandsblair

    Dasyueshan Closed

    Dasyueshan National Forest reserve is closed at main gate (35k). We arrived in Taiwan a couple of days ago. We were told that a month of rain had fallen in last week or so. We new that road was closed above Anmashan Cabins where we were originally going to stay. However the road is impassable...
  20. dandsblair

    Week in Jamaica

    We have just returned from a week in Jamaica. This was a holiday rather than a full on birding trip and we had chosen the Caribbean as we had recently spent some time on the coast at the end of recent trip but without really relaxing (we stayed at Santa Marta and Riohacha in Colombia). This...