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  1. Looks rather like an Asian Glossy Starling. From...

    Looks rather like an Asian Glossy Starling. From memory, the Philippines would be in range for this.
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    Exactly...

    Exactly...
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    Well that's your invitation to the Eilat Bird...

    Well that's your invitation to the Eilat Bird Festival gone up in smoke Michael!!
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    Just a note to say that John sent me his notes ...

    Just a note to say that John sent me his notes and they really are both excellent and comprehensive. A 'must' for anyone visiting the area.
    John Hopkins.
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    Don't give me a lecture about sense of humour....

    Don't give me a lecture about sense of humour. Give it to the 98% of my mother's family who died in the gas chambers. If we learned lessons from events like WW11, we wouldn't have had Pol Pot, Rwanda...
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    I cannot believe that any of you find this funny....

    I cannot believe that any of you find this funny. It is sick. Fortunately there are still plenty of people who have " not forgotten".
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    Fred, Good to hear from you ! How is the...

    Fred,

    Good to hear from you ! How is the photography going? We are just back from Colombia, a pretty tough trip....I had enough trouble getting myself up and down the mountains without ...
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    Howard, No, you've already tried...

    Howard,

    No, you've already tried that..you'll have to think of something original.....:err: Seriously though, identifying photos is often very difficult, no context, no jizz, uncertain...
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    Howard, Are you sure that the pics you...

    Howard,

    Are you sure that the pics you haven't got aren't Crested ? :err:

    John.
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    Not having an impeccable reputation, I've got...

    Not having an impeccable reputation, I've got nothing to lose !!
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    We didn't all...ouch !!

    We didn't all...ouch !!
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    Caspian Tern?

    Caspian Tern?
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    Howard, Thanks for that...but Colin is...

    Howard,

    Thanks for that...but Colin is right....I find his abuse and arrogance destroys my interest in healthy birding debate. However, I can look back on an ( albeit short) history of...
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    The nearest letter to 'L' is 'K' on my keyboard ...

    The nearest letter to 'L' is 'K' on my keyboard Michael, so I assume that this was a mis-type for UK!.
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    The "French geezer" is British and lives in...

    The "French geezer" is British and lives in Portugal and this was one of his recent ( and now clearly ill-advised) postings.
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    Who was it who said..... "Tout alors!! Votre...

    Who was it who said.....

    "Tout alors!! Votre I.D. des oiseaux est merde n'est ce pas." ?
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    Wow !! Stunning photos.

    Wow !! Stunning photos.
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    I agree about the processing...in fact, I'm not ...

    I agree about the processing...in fact, I'm not sure I see what was wrong with the original lighting...looked almost perfect to me. Wish I'd taken that photo.
  19. Colin, Apologies..if I'd bothered to read ...

    Colin,

    Apologies..if I'd bothered to read your post properly, I would have seen that you were responding to Hotspur, not me.
  20. Colin, I do still write letters, but not ...

    Colin,
    I do still write letters, but not many..and I suspect we're not that dissimilar in age. The Wikileak saga has been both fascinating and , as you say, scary. The basic website...
  21. Hotspur, I envy you your use of twitter ,...

    Hotspur,

    I envy you your use of twitter , as it clearly is a very useful tool. However, I don't want to be crouched over my pc all day and my nearest mobile phone signal is a mile up...
  22. I would have thought that one of the first rules...

    I would have thought that one of the first rules of IT literacy is not to reveal your email address to the great wide electronic world. The privacy settings on Facebook are fairly straightforward,...
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    Birds in Japan

    I attach photos of 2 birds I saw in Hokkaido, N. Japan in January. The duck is, I believe , the bird reported by a group of Brit birders as a Red-crested Pochard..it clearly isn't that...
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