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  1. A great start, with beautiful pictures of Cape Town. Amazing views from Table Mountain The wine tasting looks good, and you of course had your Jamesons tasting! Some from Scotland might say that "decent" whiskey has an "e" in it, but excellent Whisky does not
  2. The BIg Year 2016 was such a positive experience, that I must give it another go in 2017. We have learned a lot about birds in the past year, but are still very much beginners. We don't have any African trips planned, so I expect my overall total to be lower than last year. However I look forward to seeing a few new birds in the UK and hope to get close to last year's UK total. We will have fun trying!
  3. @Galana @PeterHG Thank you @ImSA84 I didn't know we had seen a Tree Pipit until we examined the photos! @Dave Williams Thank you. Yes the Gannet was new (not many in Birmingham!). We only started birding at the beginning of last year, so it is still relatively easy to get "Lifers"
  4. @BeatNavy A lot of expert advice already given above. We were in Uganda about 10 years ago - I do not think the distances you are thinking of driving in a day are possible. We had a driver for our trip - and I would certainly not wish to drive at night on many of the Uganda roads. (In fact I wouldn't wish to drive on them in the day, but that may just be me) Another aspect I an not sure has been mentioned - have you investigated the malaria and Yellow Fever requirements for thse countries? It is something I think you should consider when travelling with a young child.
  5. No trips to Africa this year – but a trip to Scotland! Puffin Predator Bird One of the mammals. Outline of trip A few days based in Broughty Ferry (east coast, near Dundee). May 26th- June 1st Isle of Mull (based in Salen) June 2nd- 3rd Iona June 4th-5th Kippford (Dumfries and Galloway) – for the Galloway Kite Trail We chose the timing of the trip to give us the best chance to see Puffins. They are on the Island of Lunga (just off Mull) from mid April to early August. I had never been to Mull before (MrsQ had visited a long time ago) and I had never seen Puffins. Mull is also well known for White-tailed Eagles as well as a variety of other wildlife. @Towlersonsafariwere very helpful in sharing their knowledge of Mull, and the guidance they provided contributed greatly to our trip – so thank you. Be booked the second section of the trip quite a while ago, but then we had to also visit the east coast for family reasons. We managed to fit in in some wildlife viewing in the east and then we travelled across Scotland to the west coast to visit Mull. The report will not be a detailed day to day report, but I hope it will give a flavour of some of the places we visited and some of the creatures we enjoyed seeing.
  6. @michael-ibk Thank you - in time to edit the post as well
  7. 188. (UK.143). Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis New Bird Arbroath Cliffs, Scotland 24.05.2017 Arbroath Cliffs, Scotland 24.05.2017 Probably the last of the birds from Scotland (although one or two may sneak in later!)
  8. 187. (UK.142). Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis Iona, Scotland 02.06.2017 Iona, Scotland 03.06.2017
  9. 186. (UK.141). Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus Arbroath Cliffs, Scotland 24.05.2017 With Kill!, Arbroath Cliffs, Scotland 24.05.2017
  10. .UK.140 Red Kite Milvus milvus Seen in Mallorca, so not counted in overall total (but in my own UK total!) Galloway, Scotland 05.06.2017 Galloway, Scotland 05.06.2017 Galloway, Scotland 05.06.2017
  11. 185. (UK.139). Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Galloway, Scotland 05.06.2017
  12. 184. (UK.138). Peregrine Falco peregrinus Mull, Scotland 27.05.2017
  13. 183. (UK.137). Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus (New Bird) Mull, Scotland 02.06.2017
  14. 182. (UK.136). Gannet Morus bassanus (New Bird) Mull, Scotland 01.06.2017
  15. 181. (UK.135). Sanderling Calidris alba Iona, Scotland 03.06.2017 Iona, Scotland 03.06.2017
  16. @PeterHG @offshorebirder @Peter Connan Thank you
  17. @Dave Williams Thank you - it does take a while to get to Mull, but it is worth it @xelas thank you @kittykat23uk thank you for information on rabbits - I know you would know about this sort of thing! @michael-ibk Worth a visit now you are into birds and other wildlife. You can still enjoy the whisky - Single Malts are well worth exploring. The Puffins are great - pick the time when you can guarantee seeing them. @Towlersonsafari thank you for your supportive comments and your advice @Zim Girl thank you - not so far from Lancashire! @Atravelynn thank you. The Highland Cattle are amazing animals - and very popular with tourists!
  18. Shame about the restaurant! But a great trip report with very enjoyable writing and excellent photos. Thank you for posting.
  19. The sparrowhawk is interesting. By coincidence we were just trying to work out if a bird that flew very high over our house was a sparrowhawk - and my photos are inconclusive at the moment. (It probably flew over our garden just as you were posting this!) However, you are a much better birder than me, and if you saw it closer and know it was a sparrowhawk, then that is good enough for me (Though a jury usuall has more than one person!)
  20. @Dave Williams I don't know - I am still on Lightroom 5 and a Canon 70D
  21. @modleski Thank you for a great report - I really enjoyed your photos - and the video of the dogs towards the end. Beautiful animals. You will enjoy your next safari - wherever it is!
  22. Lovely photos, and you had some great sightings. We have had guides who are very good photographers, and it can be helpful in that they understand about angles and light, but we have never had one who put his own photographs ahead of the needs of the guests. You pay a lot of money to be there and the focus of the guide should be to give you a good experience (while respecting the needs of the animals). If you are not happy with the camp manager and the guide, you could write to a higher level of authority in the company (Porini) and explain your dissatisfaction.
  23. I think you can still buy Lightroom (at least in the UK) as a standalone program
  24. I use Lightroom - it is user friendly once you get used to it. There are a lot of video tutorials on the internet that give advice on how to use it. Have you looked at the software that comes with your camera? I use Canon, and it gives free software called DPP which can be a good starting point - I used it for a few years before I moved to Lightroom. It allows you to do a range of adjustments to your photos, and if you have a Canon DSLR you get it for free. It will certainly allow you to do more than the microsoft stuff, and will get you used what is possible. It will allow you to work with RAW or JPEG. I don't know if Nikon (or other manafacturers) provide a similar set of software - perhaps a Nikon user could let us know?
  25. @Galana I think you are right about the Black-backed! I already have a Lesser Black-backed, so it will not add to the list, unfortunately!

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