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  1. temmie

    Brazil 2024 - independent with non birding wife

    Your wife is probably convinced it's better if you watch the birds in the forest, instead of the birds on the beach? :)
  2. temmie

    Peru, and Guatemala

    I found the Peru guide one of the best field guides in existence for any country out there. I wouldn’t hesitate buying.
  3. temmie

    Birding Brazil 2024

    Tell your wife to fasten seatbells and grease the focuser of her binoculars, as birdwatching / watching wildlife in Brazil is seriously contagious!
  4. temmie

    Budget trips to Papua New Guinea

    Ofcourse Papua New Guinea is doable :) check e.g. : https://www.cloudbirders.com/be4/download?filename=VANDERSPEK_Papua_New_Guinea_03_2016.pdf You can also go semi-independent with Sicklebill safaris: https://www.cloudbirders.com/be4/download?filename=TALBOT_PapuaNewGuinea_0708_2017.pdf...
  5. temmie

    Review of the KITE OPTICS APC 18x50 ED stabilized binoculars

    It is a very scarce bird over here, mainly on migration but with the occasional longer staying bird (sometimes even breeding with e.g. common tern). Sometimes some hang around but most for only a short time, and they find The Netherlands much more pleasant to hang out, it seems (I can't say they...
  6. temmie

    Review of the KITE OPTICS APC 18x50 ED stabilized binoculars

    An 18x binocular won't ever replace a 30x scope, but it will come quite close in many situations, as you say, in forest birding, and will indeed be more handy to pack / take on e.g. a birding day out with walking etc. While it cannot be used to show birds, I feel, in general, that scopes in...
  7. temmie

    Review of the KITE OPTICS APC 18x50 ED stabilized binoculars

    I haven't tested it for that, but there are two trains of thought: 1. if you want to have something to check canopy birds / forest edges; In that case, I reckon the APC would work very well, and I could add that, even though I am a kind of 'take a picture with my stabilized R6 + 100-500 and...
  8. temmie

    Review of the KITE OPTICS APC 18x50 ED stabilized binoculars

    As said, there was no way you could hold anything stabilized with a headrest on a small, rocking boat. The 'little shaking' effectively prevented to see anything at all, let alone ID. Ofcourse, this is a quite extreme situation and in most, you would be perfectly fine with the headrest.
  9. temmie

    Review of the KITE OPTICS APC 18x50 ED stabilized binoculars

    I got it! It was a Roseate Tern which has been an incredibly hard bird to see around here in the last decade, so it was quite the challenge! I don't have shares in companies of stabilized binoculars, but for once I have to say that I couldn't have done it without those stabilized binoculars...
  10. temmie

    Review of the KITE OPTICS APC 18x50 ED stabilized binoculars

    All of that is true, but I also found the Kite APC (new model) a step up in image quality compared to the previous model. I haven't compared to the Canon, but all I can say is the Kite's image quality is good enough not to be of any annoyance when looking through. It isn't Swaro quality but...
  11. temmie

    Review of the KITE OPTICS APC 18x50 ED stabilized binoculars

    I just had the opportunity to use this stabilized binocular when trying to find a tern in between 100ths of terns on a sandspit, all of this from far away from a small rocking boat, I can absolutely recommend these binoculars if only for this purpose. Any other binocular would be vastly...
  12. temmie

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Red-eyed Scimitar Babbler is in the family of 6 to go in Timaliidae so I'll make it 5 to go: Babblers Grey-bellied Wren-Babbler Naga Wren-Babbler Nonggang Babbler Pale-throated Wren-Babbler White-breasted Babbler #9695 White-necked Babbler I saw and photographed White-necked...
  13. temmie

    How to get between Las Tangaras and Colibri del Sol

    Maybe it's a matter of policy / avoiding competition, i.e. they concentrate on their reserves / accomodations and expect visitors to organize their transport through the (in the last 2 decades) much better developed ecotourism industry...? As pointed out by the half-Italian / half Colombian...
  14. temmie

    What makes someone a 'Birding Legend'?

    OK, James Bond was maybe not the greatest, but his name has become legendary, and he's probably the best known ornithologist but at the same time most people probably don't link the famous name to this guy.
  15. temmie

    What makes someone a 'Birding Legend'?

    The most legendary of them all.
  16. temmie

    Recs for India in Late November?

    Some random thoughts: Gir / Kutch is the logical continuation when you are going to Agra, Keoladeo, Jaipur and Udaipur, but it's quite the drive. It could be tempting to fly out of e.g. Udaipur, but this involves either a stopover in Delhi, or a flight to Delhi and a pretty long drive to e.g...
  17. temmie

    How to get between Las Tangaras and Colibri del Sol

    I had a name and a number of a guy named Hector, but I fear I lost it somewhere and I contracted him 12 years ago. His phone should be 317-5223708 . He is well-known to drive birders around the Medellin area (up to the Nevados, and in my case to Urrao and also familiar with Las Tangaras) If you...
  18. temmie

    Taj Mahal and tigers.

    There are more, for sure, and this sounds a bit lazy, but Asian Adventures is well-known and has a ton of experience, being a local ground agent for international tours all over India. I could give plenty of advice on the birding sites but it depends on your preferences, time available, target...
  19. temmie

    Slender-billed Finch

    Too bad! Maybe you could / should arrange something like getting out of the bus, stepping into a pre-arranged taxi that takes you to Paracas later that day?
  20. temmie

    Slender-billed Finch

    I would go here: -13.043, -76.217
  21. temmie

    GRAN CANARIA - 2- 6th February 2024

    Tenerife and Gran Canaria are a world apart from Lanzarote and especially fuerteventura. The reason is already in the name: strong winds in the flatter islands of Lanzarote and fuerteventura make them popular with windsurfers, hippies and other castaways, but less so with sunseekers. The problem...
  22. temmie

    GRAN CANARIA - 2- 6th February 2024

    Interesting read about the ringed Blue Chaffinch you saw at Pajonales; I read before that birds at Llanos de la Pez were ringed / partly reintroduced, so if one would want to count a non-ringed / truly wild bird, it had to be at Pajonales (a reason I went to see one there after seeing them...
  23. temmie

    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    #4785 Lesser Scaup, long been a boogey-bird as I even managed to dip it in e.g. Cuba, but luckily it showed up in Belgium (pending acceptation). Slowly creeping towards #5000 which I will probably reach somewhere next summer.
  24. temmie

    Computer Software

    That is a totally different thing. Protection of species shouldn't (and hopefully isn't) the primary driving force to reduce the quality of data. Data can be stored as high quality but displayed in a 5x5 or 10x10km square. Most online databases suppress vulnerable species for good reasons.
  25. temmie

    Computer Software

    true. But I'm not talking about what anyone prefers; only what is the best standard for a database, irrespective of how easy or difficult is to actually fully use the features of said database (and imho, it isn't that hard, I log every bird I see in a matter of 5-10 seconds / bird, so on a full...
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