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  1. Mr Patience

    Sibley - US birds. Is this still imperial measurements only?

    Thanks Mono. (I've been to Mono Lake). Thanks also jmepler. Luckily I'm on Android so I may now take the plunge when I next visit America. Phil
  2. Mr Patience

    Sibley - US birds. Is this still imperial measurements only?

    Slightly off-topic, but does anyone know if the Sibley app (and book, if there is a new edition) is still imperial only? Hoped they would, by now, have a setting to change to metric for users in the rest of the world. Can't get my head around 3 3/8 oz, etc. I thought scientific subjects all...
  3. Mr Patience

    Any good equipment to get better bird song out of my phone?

    Why will he need an Apple adapter for an Android phone? Will this equipment disable the agc?
  4. Mr Patience

    UK - heard at a nature reserve in Greater London 14 April 2021

    Agreed. Not a double note. Just three regular purring notes. That's all I have I'm afraid. I was leading a group at the time, otherwise I would have gone closer and hung around to get a better recording but, 'twas not to be!
  5. Mr Patience

    UK - heard at a nature reserve in Greater London 14 April 2021

    Thank you Butty. I know that some people can't hear anything. At this point, I confess I thought it was a Turtle Dove. Thank you all for your views on it.
  6. Mr Patience

    UK - heard at a nature reserve in Greater London 14 April 2021

    Thanks, Alexander. No offence taken. I fully agree the recording is not ideal, but it is the best I can do I'm afraid as the call was distant.
  7. Mr Patience

    UK - heard at a nature reserve in Greater London 14 April 2021

    Thank you, Gerben. Any other observations welcome.
  8. Mr Patience

    UK - heard at a nature reserve in Greater London 14 April 2021

    Recorded yesterday morning. This recording is quite faint I'm afraid. It needs to be listened to in a quiet environment, preferably with headphones. After the obvious, close Willow Warbler, three repeated calls can be heard in the distance. Thoughts please? Many thanks
  9. Mr Patience

    Any good equipment to get better bird song out of my phone?

    I'm also a beginner to birdsong recording, though not entirely un-technical. I think the old adage holds true: 'you get what you pay for'. Phones are not ideal for birdsong. You have no control over the recording at all. The noise you hear is the noise of the mic and the circuits on the phone...
  10. Mr Patience

    Best Microphone For Parabolic Dish

    Hi Louis, I recently had a parabola for a week. I used a Rode Lavalier Go mic which was £60, only slightly over your budget. It worked well. I don't have the parabola now. I had to give it back. I still use the Rode mic with my Olympus LS-P4 recorder to record my walks. I clip the mic to my...
  11. Mr Patience

    Newbie. Olympus LS-P4 recording not good. Do I need a better mic? Help!

    Having now received the Rode Lavalier Go mic and tried it out for some days, I have to say that I like it. I used it with the parabola for a few days in the garden and it worked very well, although I think the affair is too cumbersome for me to take in the field with my camera. I have also...
  12. Mr Patience

    Newbie. Olympus LS-P4 recording not good. Do I need a better mic? Help!

    Question: As you all use a mono mic, you may know the answer to this. Is there a small adaptor so that the sound is recorded onto both tracks? This seems to me easier than having to do it every time afterwards in Audacity. I've been looking online but I can't find one. Perhaps that's because...
  13. Mr Patience

    Newbie. Olympus LS-P4 recording not good. Do I need a better mic? Help!

    Good evening gentlemen. Yes, I am looking for a relatively low budget, simple, lightweight setup. I am sure that Borjam's advice would be optimal if birdsong recording were my primary goal. However, I'm looking for an easy way to record all the birds on my walk, for possible later ID purposes...
  14. Mr Patience

    Newbie. Olympus LS-P4 recording not good. Do I need a better mic? Help!

    Marc and iveljay, thank you very much for your expert advice. It has given me a lot to think about. I'm more of a bird photographer, but I thought it would be useful to record the birds I hear on my walks. Then, if I heard a call that I didn't recognise, I could check it when I got home. I...
  15. Mr Patience

    Newbie. Olympus LS-P4 recording not good. Do I need a better mic? Help!

    I need advice about a small mic for the Olympus. I already have the LS-P4 recorder but, at the moment, I want to record all the sounds as I do my daily walk in the wood and on the downs. I live in Surrey, near Banstead. I used an Olympus ME15 tie-pin mic (it's mono), fixed to the outside of my...
  16. Mr Patience

    Using long lens on a sling - explanatory article

    I have done an article, with explanatory photos, on how to attach a long lens to a sling so it is 'ever-ready'. I currently use a Nikon lens, but have used Canon for many years, and this technique applies to all brands as long as the lens has a tripod socket. Link here...
  17. Mr Patience

    Kenya Nov 2019 Watamu

    On to the last leg now. These two are all in or around Watamu, Mida Creek. My thoughts: 1 Barn Swallow 2 Little Stint Many thanks. Phil
  18. Mr Patience

    Kenya Nov 2019 Tsavo East 3

    The last three from Tsavo East. 1 Not sure if this is Northern or Isabelline Wheatear. 2 Pink-breasted Lark 3 Red-naped Bush-shrike Thank you.
  19. Mr Patience

    Kenya Nov 2019 Tsavo East 2

    Second Batch. My Guesses: 1 ?? 2 OK. It had just rained cats and dogs on this Barbet! Poor bird is clearly having a bad plumage day! 3 ?? 4 & 5 Perhaps a longclaw? Many thanks.
  20. Mr Patience

    Kenya Nov 2019 Tsavo East 1

    Moving on to Tsavo East, here is the first batch. My Guesses: 1 ?? 2 Not sure which White-eye it is. 3 Isabelline/Brown Shrike, juvenile. 4 Grey-backed Cameroptera 5 Perhaps Pale Flycatcher. Thanks
  21. Mr Patience

    Kenya, Nov 2019 - Tsavo West 1

    It does look quite streaked on the crown, perhaps more than most photos I've seen.
  22. Mr Patience

    Kenya Nov 2019 Tsavo West 3

    Thank you all for your help.
  23. Mr Patience

    Kenya Nov 2019 Tsavo West 2

    Thank you all.
  24. Mr Patience

    Kenya, Nov 2019 - Tsavo West 1

    Thank you all.
  25. Mr Patience

    Kenya Nov 2019 Tsavo West 3

    And the last from Tsavo West. I have no suggestions for these three! Thanks. .
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