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  1. pbjosh

    Unfortunate news: WildWings apparently will be no more...

    Per a friend, and not personally confirmed, WildWings has gone into administration. A real loss to the expedition / pelagic loving folks among us!
  2. pbjosh

    Turkey Vulture vs Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Argentina

    Either is an irregular wanderer here with between no and a small handful of records/year. Turkey is slightly more frequently recorded. I saw this bird very briefly and didn't get a good look at it. Two other observers independently got photos and appear to have come to differing opinions of the...
  3. pbjosh

    A couple questions about digi-binning

    Hello folks, I'm not particularly versed in digiscoping / digibinning but have done a bit here and there. In any case, lately I've been trying to understand optical distortion in binoculars more and I've been wanting to take photos of the FOV of some of my bins in order to see a fixed image...
  4. pbjosh

    IOC combines forces w/ NACC, SACC, Cornell, and more to produce "global checklist"

    IOC combines forces w/ NACC, SACC, Cornell, and more to produce "global checklist" From: https://www.internationalornithology.org/working-group-avian-checklists Working Group Avian Checklists A major IOU initiative Building on the IOC World Bird List begun by Frank Gill and David Donsker...
  5. pbjosh

    Kowa BDII 6.5x32 XD review

    Hello all, Travel misadventures left me in California to weather the Covid-19 global lock down, as I cannot get back to Argentina for the foreseeable future. Being 10,000km from my partner basically sucks. But the situation yields some niceties as well - seeing my mom, enjoying a bit of socal...
  6. pbjosh

    Independent Sarawak birding

    Hello all, I recently spent a good bit of time in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, Sabah, Bali, East Java, and Lombok. I didn't write a full trip report but a synopsis can be found in a thread I started in another part of the site: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=379807 I have just...
  7. pbjosh

    Canon IS bins for pelagic birding

    Hello all, I have been pondering for some time a pair of IS bins for pelagic birding. I did the South Atlantic Odyssey and in colder rougher waters 8x was necessary though I didn’t feel I wanted lower mag. In the tropics on flat water from a 90m long boat, 10x was preferable and some were using...
  8. pbjosh

    Indonesia- Black-crowned vs Rufous/Nankeen Night Heron

    No pictures to look at here, rather a question: For those with enough field experience, are these two Night Herons possible to separate on voice? I am in Bali where in theory both are well in range, and hearing Night Herons almost every night. Listening to Xeno-Canto, I don’t hear a difference...
  9. pbjosh

    Advice for Malaysia itinerary

    Hello all, A planned trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia has unfortunately been postponed. In the meanwhile I am going to have about 3 weeks to bird in peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo before my partner joins me and we do some less intense birding and more general ecotourism in...
  10. pbjosh

    2019 eBird/Clements taxonomy update - convergence with IOC/HBW mentioned

    From https://ebird.org/news/2019-ebird-taxonomy-update "This year’s taxonomy update will be a “big one”, although changes in North America and Western Europe are relatively few. The large number of changes is the result of a comprehensive review of African, Asian, and Australasian species to...
  11. pbjosh

    Bahia and Espirito Santo, Brazil, solo trip

    Hello all, I did a bit of a whirlwind solo trip around Bahia and Espirito Santo recently - 20+ days birding in late April and early May. I rented a car in Salvador and went to these sites: Fazenda Campina – just north of Salvador, one of the best sites for Fringe-backed Fire-eye, which is easy...
  12. pbjosh

    How to access Fazenda Agua Boa, Bahia, Brazil

    Hello folks, Does anyone have any contact info or know more about how to access Fazenda Agua Boa near Itacaré? It looks like going there for Bahia Tapaculo instead of to the Michelin reserve gives a better chance of the Bahia race of Great-billed Hermit. I understand it is a private reserve but...
  13. pbjosh

    A tidbit about a potential new Mexico guidebook

    FB showed me a post from Wings this morning, and this caught my eye: "The first-part of Steve Howell’s recent trip to El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in southern Mexico, where he was researching for a new field guide to Mexican birds, co-authored and illustrated by Dale Dyer, who recently...
  14. pbjosh

    Birding in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia

    Hello all, I am likely headed to Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia somewhere in the Sept-Oct timeframe, for a month or so with my partner and some family. I appear to have the time available to add as much as a month or two of dedicated birding (presumably after, so Oct/Nov timeframe, possibly...
  15. pbjosh

    Using bins while driving - as in, the vehicle is in motion

    Most of us have probably done this, and it's not easy with 8x or 10x. Anyone actually do this much? I'm guessing from a bus on a smooth road 6x would be pretty doable, but from smaller vehicles or on non ideal road services a 4x or 5x would be better... Obviously if you see something really...
  16. pbjosh

    Some impressions - MHG and M7 8x30 vs Conquest and SF 8x42

    Why these 4? Because the M7, Conquest and SF are the 8x that I have the most experience with, and the MHG 8x30 is a recent addition that so far I'm liking. I'm a birder not an optical engineer so I won't try to make critical technical evaluations. Coming at this purely from a field use for...
  17. pbjosh

    Sticky thread for best birding apps

    At this point the market for birding apps for phones / tablets is starting to mature a bit it seems. There are a good number of apps that I'm aware of and use, but there are, I'm certain, a good number out there that I don't know about and don't use. The best guides by region threads are...
  18. pbjosh

    New guide to Central America coming, apparently

    Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama by Andrew Vallely and Dale Dyer With this book, the excellent new Northern Central America guide (Fagan and Komar), and the new internationally pubished version of the Nicaragua guide, it...
  19. pbjosh

    Comoran Francs

    Hello all, After my visit to the Comoros I was left with 45,000 Comoran Francs - basically 90EU or 100USD. I was never able to change them back to anything more useful and don't forsee a return visit. If anyone is headed to the Comoros feel free to drop me a line and I'll happily sell them at...
  20. pbjosh

    Brief comments on the Traveller 8x32 BGA ED

    This is all just based one one sample, of course, but the copy I received from Optics Planet didn't wow. I have a Nikon M7 8x30 here for comparison and the Opticron is definitely a touch better in available eye relief, perhaps offering 1-2mm more, which was my hope and which is why I ordered it...
  21. pbjosh

    Sony A7RIII weather sealing

    https://m.dpreview.com/news/1977878269/water-torture-test-compares-canon-nikon-sony-and-olympus-weather-sealing I don’t have the Sony but do have a lot of friends that have had weather sealing problems with Canon 100-400 lenses so just a caution that this I only one data point. As I am awaiting...
  22. pbjosh

    Any ideas where to find a deal on a Sony RX10IV

    Hello folks, I'll be back stateside shortly and am looking to order a Sony RX10IV but cannot find any deals beyond ordering from B&H and getting a free case and memory card. I tried asking B&H for a better price and didn't get one. It could be that no better deals exist but there are a lot of...
  23. pbjosh

    Digiscoping with dual camera cel phones

    I am going to be forced into buying a new phone at some point here as my current phone is on its last legs. Dual cameras are becoming more and more prevalent in smart phones I'm noticing. Though I don't digiscope much, I'm curious how people get on with dual camera phones, both Android and...
  24. pbjosh

    Argentina - PN Mburucuyá and Maned Wolf?

    Hello folks, Going to be in Corrientes for the first time in September. Mburucuyá looks lovely but doesn't look like a key spot for any birds. Anyone have comments on how reliable Maned Wolf is there? Cheers, Josh
  25. pbjosh

    Cape Town birding for a couple days

    Hey folks, I will have three days in Cape Town by myself before family arrives and am planning on three days of all out birding to see as much as I can. After family arrives I will be in the western half ZA and S Namibia for two months touring around playing tourist and birding a little in the...
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