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Recent content by PJSharp

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    Pipit, River Medway, Kent, UK

    Thank you both, all the best, Paul
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    Pipit, River Medway, Kent, UK

    Dear BF what do you think this Pipit is? Taken today at high tide on the Bank of the Medway in Rochester. Thanks, Paul
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    caspian gull redcar tarn west yorkshire uk

    Thank you, helpful explanation, Paul
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    caspian gull redcar tarn west yorkshire uk

    I am rubbish at gull ID, so ask in the interest of getting better... The bill doesn't look like a Common Gull to me, too heavy, with a marked black band and large yellow tip. Yet the gull looks smaller/slighter than I would expect for Caspian. How would Ring-billed Gull be ruled out? All the...
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    Bucket List Birds

    So my bucket list, how to put it together... well birds I haven't seen, not extinct, reasonable geographical spread, different, if possible spectacular environments, not easy to see, plus some combination of beautiful, weird or inspiring. 1. Giant Pitta. I have tried, lots. I have heard it, but...
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    Mallorca 2021

    Hi Derban, From personal experience I can recommend the Opticron MM4 telescope with the 60mm objective diameter, which should be spot on for your price range. The zoom lens is great. I have this combination and also a much more expensive Leica, which is also much heavier. I use the Opticron way...
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    South Downs National Park Bird ID Required

    It's a young Robin I think, all the best Paul
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    Mystery seabird - California, USA.

    Could it be a Red-necked Grebe?
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    Children's binoculars

    Thank you all for your responses and suggestions. Deb, I really appreciate your thoughts, I will probably go with the National Geographic 6 x 21 pair, the price, weight etc seem sensible. I like the idea of autofocus, but my son will mostly use them for birds at our garden feeders and birdbath -...
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    Children's binoculars

    All, My 2 1/2 year old wants a pair of binoculars like daddy's. As much as I want to encourage him, I am not buying him a pair of Leica's. So any recommendations please on a cheapish, robust (toddler proof) pair of binoculars, suitable for looking at birds in the back garden (short focusing)...
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    Dagenham Chase, Essex, UK

    It's hard to judge the size of a single bird in flight, and the other possibility is the bird you heard was different to the bird you saw ( maybe a Skylark after all). I am hearing a few Redpoll in flight over my house in suburban Kent, migrating birds, and it takes me a moment to recognise the...
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    Dagenham Chase, Essex, UK

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    western France Guerande Jack Snipe ?

    Nutcracker is right, there is a fourth snipe, lower middle in the picture. Too little for me to ID, but given it is more centre frame in the photo maybe this is the bird the OP was aiming to photograph. Any other photos?
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    Cliffe Pools, Kent. UK

    12 January 2020 Update I repeated the same route around Alpha Pool on Sunday, out via Westcourt Farm and back by Cliffe Fort and Flamingo Pool. The route along the Thames is no longer blocked, or signed as closed, but there are still two sections where erosion makes the path tricky along the...
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    Cliffe Pools, Kent. UK

    Alpha pool update 1 December 2019 I visited Cliffe Pools today, walking the circuit around Alpha pool via Westcourt Farm, passing Cliffe Fort and back via a scan of Flamingo pool. The route via Westcourt Farm is very wet, muddy and slippery once you clear the cement works all the way to the...