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  1. jack2964

    Birds in your garden

    Dollarbird. Not exactly from my garden but from a lake about 3km from my residence. This lake adjoins Thap Lan NP. I saw about 5 or 6 of these in flight but not in formation and they did several circuits around a bay where I was seeking refuge from the heat. Also saw 3 unidentified Needle-tailed swifts but they were way too fast for me.
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    For The Birds !

    Looks to me like some kind of starling. Was this physically sized like a mynah? My guess is chestnut-tailed starling. Someone more knowledgeable would come along soon. Oh btw., where's samuijimmy haven't seen him around for a while.
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    Birds in your garden

    Top one is:2,048px × 1,366px (scaled to 1,284px × 856px) Bottom one : 769px × 1,152px Not familiar with software you are using. I export from Lightroom, long edge 1024 pix which seems to work quite well on the web. Hmm... for some reason my attempt to resize didn't work then. Will try again when I next post a photo.
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    Birds in your garden

    Thanks Skeptic7.....err any tips in uploading photos so they don't get too 'in-your-face'? I resized these to 800x600 with Irfanview. Guess I need to drop dimensions more?
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    Birds in your garden

    Here's a success story; fledgling and presumably mom stopped by my backyard recently.
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    For The Birds !

    Help me with this Shrike ID. Thanks. Taken at Huai Khok Mu view point Ratchaburi. This is a nice spot to camp although birding isn't great. But was well rewarded with a flypast of about 7 or 8 individuals. Wreathed Hornbill. Female with blue gular pouch. Unfortunately the sun was behind the birds Gear used Canon 7D with 400/5.6 hand held.
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    For The Birds !

    Nonetheless a very crisp shot! I have a version 1 500/f4 IS sitting in my dry cabinet longing to be taken out but at my age I find it increasingly strenuous to lug this bazooka around. Instead I now prefer the light weight 400/5.6 for doing trails and a 300/2.8 for hide work. If anyone is interested please PM me for the 500/4.
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    For The Birds !

    Wow these guys are often perched up high in the canopies. Great capture!
  9. jack2964

    Baitcasting vs Spinning

    My preference too for baitcasters but when the wind is up as in most afternoons a spinning reel casts without backlash issues. I often switch to spinning reels when I have to cast into the wind. They both have specific duties for me and I almost always have one of each every outing.
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    Will these work on ungrounded ac outlets

    Would apreciate if you could share a photo and schematic of your design. And source of parts.
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    Will these work on ungrounded ac outlets

    Thanks Crossy I will pop into megahome to see if I can get similar there. Probably cheaper than the Oz product and hopefully of decent quality. Lopburi3: It is clear I don't know anything about classification of electrical appliances and what need grounding. I'll see if Google can help.
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    Will these work on ungrounded ac outlets

    @steve: yes I am aware I'll need plug adapters or replace plug and sockets on the device to Thai styled ones if I do buy one. @lopburi3: problem is I can't find a competent sparky at my village and I am not up to it myself to tackle rewiring the entire house.
  13. Found these at Bunnings hardware in Sydney and am tempted to purchase one of them. My question is will any of these work in my thai home where the ac outets only have 2 wires even though the socket has 3-pins. Asked the Bunnings staff at the electrical section but he isn't sure if it will work. I intend to use it when I am using some power tools around the house. Your input greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    For The Birds !

    Thanks AN for that interesting link although I still can't be certain. I'll go along with shikra for now.