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  1. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    I've been adding records from a recent trip and am enjoying Bird Journal. Am I missing something or is it only possible to enter a record if you assign a specific date to it? At some stage I'll add a load of British list birds that won't have a specific date just so as to have a British List...
  2. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    Hi Justin. Thanks for the reply. Also thank you for the extension to the trial. I'll have a good delve into it and then decide where to put my pennies. Cheers once again.
  3. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    Looking at Bird Journal, perhaps someone could help with a question or two. If I for example try to add a list of bird seen on a recent trip to Australia, I can select Australia as a country, but the "Location" drop-down wont add anything other than "Australia" again. I'd like to make that...
  4. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    I really think that there is not a good vlue fully-featured product out there at the moment. Birders Diary is £100 and the "upgrade" from 3.7 to 4.0 actually reads more like a series of patch notes and bug fixes - which were charged for again. Birders Journal looks ok I think but the pricing is...
  5. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    Hi Andrea. Thank you for your very helpful info. I've downloaded Scythebill and am having a wee play about with it to get a feel for it. At first glance I think that it can actually show which birds are lifers for each country or region so that looks like a good feature, perhaps recently...
  6. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    Cheers for the info. It's not necessarily cheapest that I'm after, it just needs to not be a rip-off. I'm afraid that some of the products I've been looking at are pretty unpolished by today's standards and can be overpriced. Annual subscriptions on top of that can be a step too far.
  7. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    Not all updates warrant an annual subscription. In gaming multi-million pound games may end up with years of developer support and patches and the expectation is that the purchaser would never be charged for an update as they have already paid for the product. Anyway, that aside, it seems to me...
  8. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    Cheers, if anyone happens to know the answers in the op too I'd be grateful. Regarding my needs, I guess that my main requirements are along these lines: Log lists for Britain, World and user-defined sites. Record lists from foreign trips and update my world and country lists accordingly...
  9. Paul Brooks

    Pricing and recommendations for software.

    I'm trying to find a good piece of listing and recording software that dosn't feel like it's overpriced. I think that Birders Diary would suit what I want with the software which is largely keeping various patch/year/world lists up to date but the £100 price tag seems steep. Additionally, I've...
  10. Paul Brooks

    Birder's Diary 4.0 has been released!

    Can I check - does that upgrade require additional payment? It looks like a patch rather than a new product and if I'm right there seems to be a charge for it. I'm trying to find a good system for various world, country, patch and trip lists and although Birders Diary looks good, I'm put off by...
  11. Paul Brooks

    Australia field guides?

    Thanks guys, looks like Sydney itself had plenty on offer then. We'll be based at the University. I'll check out those links too so thanks for that also. Can't wait!
  12. Paul Brooks

    Australia field guides?

    Hi, I'm off on a short trip to Australia in February and will be based mostly in Sydney. It's not a part of the world I know well for birds at all so I wonder if anyone could point me to the best or standard work field guide for that part of Australia? Also, if anyone knows Sydney well could I...
  13. Paul Brooks

    Brazil bird?

    Bill shape looks kinda odd, but is it just the photo? I'm sure you are right however, cheers :-)
  14. Paul Brooks

    Brazil bird?

    Hi, Some non-birder friends are back from Brazil and are asking me about the birds in the attached. I've never even been to that part of the world so can anyone shed any light on them for me/us? (somewhere near Rio btw). cheers
  15. Paul Brooks

    Gull ID please

    Excellent stuff Andy, just the ticket. I'm spending quite a bit of time on large gulls at the moment so every little helps :-)
  16. Paul Brooks

    Gull ID please

    Personally I'd always be interested in hearing a little of birders thinking and rationale when it comes to ID confirmation/queries rather than straightforward yes/no. Especially with large gulls.
  17. Paul Brooks

    Gull Mallorca today

    Mike, head and bill structure, then the very pale uppers and head and very faint ear spot. As opposed to darker BhG.
  18. Paul Brooks

    argentatus/argenteus p10

    Hi, do you mean you have plenty of argenteus without the p10 sub-terminal band or that your argentatus' exhibit this also? All else being equal I'd have had today's bird as an argenteus (structure and greyscale) so I'm sure that's what it is, but it did get me wondering about geeking out more...
  19. Paul Brooks

    argentatus/argenteus p10

    I'm sure that you are correct that argenteus do occur without a p10 sub-terminal band. I'm really not sure in what proportion though so I thought I'd put it out there. If anyone has an insight I'd be grateful.
  20. Paul Brooks

    argentatus/argenteus p10

    Just watching an adult Herring Gull here in Northumberland UK and I have a question about wing-tip patterns. How much of a feature is the lack of a p10 sub-terminal band for argentatus? The bird I'm watching has no sub-terminal band on p10, giving it a large white tip rather than a p10 mirror...
  21. Paul Brooks

    Larger Gulls that hang out at trash dumps

    Punchy71, probably worth mentioning what part of the world you are talking about...
  22. Paul Brooks

    UK, Large Gulls, immature coverts.

    Hi Woody. That's the thing, I don't think you should assume it's correct. The sections I'm looking at are - Pg214 (Lessers) "Many lessers show variable thick bar across the bases of the Inner greater coverts" Then pg211 (Herring) "greater coverts obviously chequered, normally lacking the...
  23. Paul Brooks

    UK, Large Gulls, immature coverts.

    Thanks for checking the German version Lou. I'd be interested to hear from anyone if mistakes like this are much of a feature of the rest of the English language version of the book. It's not even a typo, unless I'm missing something regarding id. It seems quite a big error.
  24. Paul Brooks

    UK, Large Gulls, immature coverts.

    Hi, I'm not sure if I'm looking at writing errors or making a mistake myself here so any clarification would be appreciated. Reading Vinnicombe, Harris and Tucker's New edition (Helm... confusion species...), it makes several references to the thick dark bar across the bases of the inner...
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