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  1. James Thomas

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Mouse-brown Sunbird'

    This is not a mouse-brown sunbird, not sure but could be a Variable Sunbird.
  2. James Thomas

    Red Grouse

    They will be easier to see over the next fortnight, after that there will be fewer of them and they will be more skittish.
  3. James Thomas

    Hen Harrier Day 2018

    Hen Harrier Day seems to be an elephant in the room for birders, I posted the following in a couple of Yorkshire Birding groups. With ten days to go before the Sheffield event and seventeen or eighteen for the rest of the country I thought I'd post it here as the sentiment still applies...
  4. James Thomas

    Good Merlin sites?

    Here's your chance to make your voice heard a bit louder, 4th August Sheffield. Get it on the diary. https://twitter.com/ShefEnvironment/status/992363555348459522
  5. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    Damage caused by rain run-off
  6. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    Behind me were three olive trees that had obviously been part of a grove. Behind them was a walled enclosure so the grove should have been in front of me.
  7. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    Scrub behind the fly tipping. Top habbo.
  8. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    One of the better areas owing to the fly tipping making it inaccessible
  9. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    This is the area that has been replanted, still pretty much devoid of any life
  10. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    Most of these empty areas still have some kind of footprint of what was there before.
  11. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    There's still water present, just no plants or wildlife to make the most of it.
  12. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    This will hopefully give you an idea of the area I covered. The scale is in the bottom left corner
  13. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    This shows the extent to which trees and bushes are removed, a whole line trees had been removed leaving just the holes. This scene was repeated over a large area.
  14. James Thomas

    Marrakech, Morocco Feb 2018 - Ecocide in action

    I did a lot of searching around the interweb before this holiday and found very few references to birding in Marrakech other than a few sightings whilst people were on their way elsewhere so I feel compelled to make it quite clear what it can be like. This is not a review of birding in Morocco...
  15. James Thomas

    Lonely New Zealand gannet dies

    It's all happeing in New Zealand. Or not. http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/08/blind-bisexual-goose-stuck-love-triangle-two-swans-dies-aged-40-7296814/
  16. James Thomas

    Marrakech van hire

    I'm going to Marrakech in February, I won't be going far afield but I can ask when I'm there if that's any use. £800 plus fuel isn't much different to hiring a guide.
  17. James Thomas

    Gull sp. Cyprus

    http://www.slideshare.net/warbler/large-gulls-of-israel-id
  18. James Thomas

    Camera Bags

    I have my bag on most of the time, I might store camera and scope in the bag and and a tripod on the outside if I am walking the dog (just in case) or I might want to carry scope and camera with an empty bag acting as a belt and harness. The bag has Molle loops so I have a couple of small...
  19. James Thomas

    Camera Bags

    Thanks, will look at that.
  20. James Thomas

    Camera Bags

    I currently have a Lowepro 400AW, fantastic in some ways and not so in others. Fantastic- Light, rugged and I really like the access via the back. After sales service is fantastic as one of the buckles is too small and prone to breaking. Not so - It's billed as an outdoors bag so where is the...
  21. James Thomas

    Rare birds in North Yorkshire

    You could always give a nod to the film the Mouse on the Moon and make it a Bobolink.
  22. James Thomas

    North Yorkshire

    If you don't drop on them, Bolton Abbey is a reliable site.
  23. James Thomas

    Camera backpack

    Lowepro do an excellent range and wonderful after sales service. You can probably get this one cheaper elsewhere but it's the one I use. https://www.lowepro.co.uk/brands/lowepro/flipside/flipside-400-aw/pd203/
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