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my blog

Posted Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 18:38 by brackenb
Hello there folks. I have opened a blog detailing my birding adventures mainly in Saudi Arabia and the UK but pretty much wherever I go.

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Wader Quest Anniversary Prize Draw

Posted Monday 20th October 2014 at 08:11 by Rick and Elis
To celebrate the second anniversary of the commencement of Wader Quest we are holding an Anniversary Prize Draw. Anyone signing up as an ordinary, family or life sponsor one month either side of the anniversary on the 1st of November (October 1st to November 30th) will be entered automatically into the prize draw which will be made on the 1st December 2014. The prize is a splendid pair of Optictron 8x30 T3 Trailfinder Binoculars.
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Deer rutting beside Cabañeros National Park

Posted Friday 17th October 2014 at 07:17 by Moncho
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This fall I went back again beside the fence of a game state adjoining Cabañeros National Park. First I saw a grown up fawn alien yet to the rutting. He soon followed her mother. It was with a small group of other females. A little further I began to see the males. Some with a harem, young males with antlers still unbranched and bellowing single male adults.
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Putting the Twit into Twitch

Posted Tuesday 14th October 2014 at 21:14 by Green Sandpiper
I've said it before- I'm not a twitcher. There are many reasons for this- the impracticalities of having a full time job and exceedingly- full time family mean any non- local birding I do has to be on my designated 'birding' days.

More than this, though, is that I prefer birding in context- if I want to see a rare bird, I prefer to see it in its natural environment, not exhausted, disoriented and blown off course by a gale. Added to the expense involved and the horror stories...
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Photographing vultures in Bulgaria

Posted Friday 10th October 2014 at 11:36 by dancho_hristov
Updated Monday 2nd February 2015 at 15:59 by dancho_hristov
Birds of prey are difficult to photograph. They are really smart and wouldn’t allow someone getting into the hide under their sight. That’s why we had to get up early and sneak into the hide in the dark. To avoid the early start we decided to spend the night in the vicinity of one of the vulture photography hides in the Eastern Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria. This reduced the time for traveling and we had an hour extra sleep in the morning before the photography session.The evening before the photography...
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