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Recent content by Mark Etheridge

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    Mrs Kingfisher catches the last rays of the setting sun.
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    Which Duck? - Clot de Galvany Reserve, Alicante Spain

    No, it was based on a version of this photo which I might have overcooked during post-processing to make it clearer. He has now seen the original unprocessed shot and is now leaning towards female Fudge...:)
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    Which Duck? - Clot de Galvany Reserve, Alicante Spain

    On bill shape and underparts too light - this is from a birder whose opinion I highly respect.
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    Which Duck? - Clot de Galvany Reserve, Alicante Spain

    I tentatively identified this bird as a Ferruginous Duck, but other birders have disagreed with my diagnosis. Is it some sort of hybrid bird? Fudge Ducks are not unknown at this site. (Taken at long distance 30/09/2021)
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    As far as I am aware (reading reports from resident birders), yes they are! Also the Azure-winged Magpies are still there.
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Glad you found them! At this time of the year, it might well have been 2 adults and their offspring?
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    Common Whitethroat
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    500PF Discontinued?

    It was a random posting on Facebook by some chap who received a message from someone at Nikon UK; the consensus is that the Nikon person was referring to the older 500mm F4 in saying it was discontinued. Just shows how easily rumours can be generated by social meeja without any foundation...
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    A Hoopoe has turned up at Pittodrie Stadium, home of Aberdeen FC. It has been rooting around for at least three days on the verges of the players' car park, which is private land, and so far the assembled throngs have kept their distance so the bird is relatively undisturbed, although distant...
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    White/black VE is a male Osprey originally ringed at a nest in Angus on 26/6/2007. It was first identified on the Ythan Estuary on 20/9/2009 and has been seen regularly ever since. It is thought to be a local breeder.
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    Bee ID Please? (UK)

    This bee was on lavender in my garden in Dyce, Aberdeenshire today. I've not seen one this colour before, although they are phone grabs the colouration is fairly accurate. Smaller than the usual garden bees we see here (about 1/2 the size of our largest bees). All shots of the same insect...
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    Short-toed Larks - Greater vs Lesser (Europe)

    Superb John, thank you very much...:t:
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm afraid getting around the Yecla steppe area is a bit of a non-starter without a car - you could certainly get to Yecla itself by public transport but the 'interesting' area starts about 5kms to the north of the town and extends for some distance. The area is criss-crossed by minor roads and...
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    Birding in Alicante Province

    Just outside the Alicante area (about an hour away along the Madrid motorway), the Yecla steppe area is very good for Golden Eagles, usually see at least one soaring over the surrounding mountains, and the whole area is excellent for birds generally. You ought to examine every eagle you see...