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Old Wednesday 22nd July 2009, 16:17   #51
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Are not most border areas somewhat more dangerous? Last times I have been in Texas and Arizona near the Mexican border it kinda seemed like there may have been more guns.

Have always worried about traffic accidents the most. I might be a wimp and just not use to it.

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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 16:49   #52
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And no doubt, like many of us, you actually paid good money to enjoy(?) that particular experience...

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Heheh. Yep. And we hardly saw anything that couldn't be had easily without endangering life and limb. No Snowcocks (we heard plenty! An oddly mocking call), no Accentors, no Lammergeiers and no Wallcreepers. I'm a crap birder, though.
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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 18:07   #53
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Personally I reckon if Jos thinks its dangerous I would only go there in a Challenger 2 loaded for bear, and I'm not sure I'd see a lot of birds that way!

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Just how 'hard core' is Jos then....does he act like a 'terminator' with binoculars?....

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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 18:35   #54
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Give White-cheeked Partridge near Kaziranga a miss, whatever your tour leaders say – a Dutch birder was trampled to death by an elephant there this year.
Other birds in South East Asia can come with the same problem.
I would definitely not venture into the Sierra de Perijá on the border of Venezuela and Colombia.
For some people, great heights are a lethal risk, so stay away from some Andean and Himalayan species...
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Just how 'hard core' is Jos then....does he act like a 'terminator' with binoculars?....
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I guess to date most of my birding acts have only been irresponsible to my own safety, birding the hinterlands of Afghanstan, picking my way through a mined area in Eritrea and the like, occasional encounters with beasties where perhaps it wasn't so wise to walk, but the reality I have never considered any of them outwardly risky. I guess potentially a tad insensitive, if not irresponsible, was picking my way across the devastation of the tsunami, then (though admittedly numbed by the dead around me) scanning for terns on the beach ...she who I was travelling with would not speak to me after that!
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All i can say is...[without swearing]...is 'blimey'!


ps...i wonder wot bird Jos was after on other side of potentially exploding field?

pps....i regularly walk thru fields with some really nasty stinging nettles in it...
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Old Tuesday 28th July 2009, 08:12   #57
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i regularly walk thru fields with some really nasty stinging nettles in it...
I got stung by a bee in Khao Yai, does this count?
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I got stung by a bee in Khao Yai, does this count?
Depends on the type of bee

When I was birding in Zimbabwe, I had to decide whether or not to go for Pel's Fishing Owl on an island in the Zambezi River. The trip to the island was easy, only problem was the long reeds that hide hippos! Went for it anyway, got the owl, and missed the hippos! Not quite in the league of Jos, but good to get the adrenaline going anyway, never knowing what is going to burst out of the reeds!

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Depends on the type of bee

When I was birding in Zimbabwe, I had to decide whether or not to go for Pel's Fishing Owl on an island in the Zambezi River. The trip to the island was easy, only problem was the long reeds that hide hippos! Went for it anyway, got the owl, and missed the hippos! Not quite in the league of Jos, but good to get the adrenaline going anyway, never knowing what is going to burst out of the reeds!

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Nasty critters hippo's...calculated risk eh?! [glad it was worth it]!

Regards bee's.......i know a guy [who shall remain nameless] who runs away like an ultra 'camp' Graham Norton whenever bee's show up...tis very funny to watch...no video footage unfortunately! In Vietnam..[Cat Tein]...thuz some marauding sweat bee's that seem to appear...[about 20 mins before a certain frogmouth supposedly appears]...kinda freaks you out when they land all over you..not life threatening tho!

ps...perhaps ought to start new thread...'dumbest thing you've ever done in order to see a bird'.... Not that i'm saying anyone's 'dumb'...just we all do things...that with hindsight...are very foolish..[but make great 'tales' later on]! Best birders in the world are mostly 'barking' mad...one way or another
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Speaking from personal experience rather than generically (Somali endemics probably the worst globally) - I tried a brief trip to eastern Congo a couple of years back to try and score Congo Peafowl, Congo Bay Owl, Yellow-legged Weaver etc, but had to beat a hasty retreat back to Uganda when the sounds of machine gun fire got a bit close.

More recently, but perhaps less life threateningly (to my generation at least) - Dartford Warbler caused me all sorts of problems. I got brief views of an imm on The Lizard and wanted to rule out Marmora's Warbler. I climbed over a normal looking fence to secure better views, only to receive a rather nasty shock to my more intimate parts. Which just goes to show, any bird can be dangerous if you're stupid enough!
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[quote=Ilya Maclean;1541611]. I climbed over a normal looking fence to secure better views, only to receive a rather nasty shock to my more intimate parts. Which just goes to show, any bird can be dangerous if you're stupid enough![/QUOTE

To Maclean decendants at least

If I have to "go before my time" as it were, id rather do it doing something crazy, stupid and fun, whilst searching for a crippler! Maybe i'll go and have a chat with the Sentinelese...
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Nasty critters hippo's...calculated risk eh?! [glad it was worth it]!

ps...perhaps ought to start new thread...'dumbest thing you've ever done in order to see a bird'.... Not that i'm saying anyone's 'dumb'...just we all do things...that with hindsight...are very foolish..[but make great 'tales' later on]! Best birders in the world are mostly 'barking' mad...one way or another
Yip, I'll admit it, dumb indeed, but fun nevertheless! What was slightly dissapointing is that my wife encouraged me to go and look for the Pel's, fully aware of the risk I was taking
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Yip, I'll admit it, dumb indeed, but fun nevertheless! What was slightly dissapointing is that my wife encouraged me to go and look for the Pel's, fully aware of the risk I was taking
Seeing as you are in South Africa Andrew.....i don't suppose your wife has suggested 'having a dip' outside a 'great white' cage has she?! If so....maybe she's trying to tell you something... 'Oh...the water looks lovely Andrew...don't worry about those little 'fishes' with the big jaws...they won't bite...'!

ps...one day i wud like to get to see a seal hunting great white leap right out of water...think this only happens at one 'spot'...the deep water trench thing...forget wot it's called now....awesome creatures....one of the best things i've ever seen....

pps...i'm sure your wife had the best intentions!
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Seeing as you are in South Africa Andrew.....i don't suppose your wife has suggested 'having a dip' outside a 'great white' cage has she?! If so....maybe she's trying to tell you something... 'Oh...the water looks lovely Andrew...don't worry about those little 'fishes' with the big jaws...they won't bite...'!

ps...one day i wud like to get to see a seal hunting great white leap right out of water...think this only happens at one 'spot'...the deep water trench thing...forget wot it's called now....awesome creatures....one of the best things i've ever seen....

pps...i'm sure your wife had the best intentions!
Unfortunately Great Whites catching seals only happens down near Cape Town, so not too close to Durban! I have seen the seals and I have seen a great white, but never the two meeting at close quarters! My wife did say something about using me as bait next time though

I am going on a pelagic trip off Durban next weekend, the sardines should be around, so hopefully some bird, shark and dolphin action to watch, preferably from the boat, and not from the water!!
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Yep, I'd say they are the ones that would incur the greatest real risk.

Algerian Nuthatch is getable again, the political situation has calmed.
I saw Algerian nuthatch 2 days ago with a guide karim haddid,you can,t take binoculars into Algeria but he has some you can use.we drove 2.5 hours from Constantine and then a steep walk to the forest where it took us 2 hours to locate one on call which I saw well,also saw the race of coal tit and jay here.
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