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    ring-necked parakeet request

    Hi, I'm meeting a friend in London shortly and he has expressed a desire to see a Ring-necked Parakeet. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which of the Central London parks is likely to be our best bet? I'm guessing St James, but I'm open to persuasion. Thanks in advance, Gordon
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    planning a trip to the Avalon Marshes

    Hi, I'm visiting the area in mid September and plan spending a day on the Avalon Marshes. I've never been to the area before. Does anyone have any recommendations as to how to approach this complex of reserves? Are some reserves better in the morning or the afternoon because of the light...
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    problems with BirdGuides

    Any one else having trouble getting onto Bird Guides at the moment? Via Internet Explorer, I keep getting dire warnings that there are problems with the site's security certificate and strong suggestions not to visit the site. There are no problems logging in via Chrome, even though my same...
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    norfolk warbler - strange behaviour

    I was out getting my paper this morning (about eight miles inland from the north Norfolk coast) when I stopped to watch a tit flock moving through a large bramble hedge. One of the birds was a small grey phyllosc warbler, like a chiffchaff only greyer so the obvious thought is one of the...
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    New edition of Best Birdwatching Sites: Scottish Highlands

    The wait is over! The new edition of my book Best Birdwatching Sites: Scottish Highlands has just been published and I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone on this forum who passed on their knowledge. The book has been completely rewritten - I have no time for authors who change a comma...
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    problem with bird forum

    Every time I click onto a particular thread, I have problems getting out of it. Using the back arrow to go to the previous page does nothing. The drop down arrow giving the list of previously visited pages shows the reason. I am getting two 'pages' of google ads - pages I haven't visited -...
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    bird magazines on ipads and iphones

    Good news – our bird magazine apps are now live on iTunes ready for people to download to their iPhone or iPad! Links below... Birdwatch: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/birdwatch-magazine/id405475420?mt=8 Bird Art & Photography...
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    buying advice for beginner

    Hi guys, My wife has expressed an interest in starting mothing and is dropping hints as to what she might want for Xmas. I haven't got a clue as to what she might need as suitable kit for beginners and was wondering what you would all recommend to get her started. Help on best prices and/or...
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    new Helm titles

    I've just had the new Helm/AC Black catalogue through and it includes the following new titles (details include author, publication date and price in uk pounds):- Where to Discover wildlife in Britain and NI - Taylor sep 09 12.99 Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names - Jobling nov 09 40 Bird...
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    Bird Fair lecture - molotovs and merlins

    For reasons that I haven't fully fathomed out yet, I have agreed to give a talk at the Bird Fair on Friday, 1pm in lecture theatre one. It's called Molotovs and Merlins and is a few anecdotes about the problems we had when I was writing Best Birdwatching Sites in the Scottish Highlands...
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    cannibalistic ducks eat flat mate

    Traffic was brought to a standstill in my Norfolk village this morning by a group of five ducks - a female Mallard type and four white 'farmyard' ducks eating something in the middle of the road. Closer inspection showed the food to be another farmyard duck that had obviously been hit by a car...
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    bill oddie's new business venture - not

    I was amused to see a sign in Fakenham market yesterday for Odd Billie's wild bird food. Gordon
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    compact camera help wanted

    Hi, I'm looking for recommendations for a compact camera up to £200. It 's going to be used mainly for landscapes but I might try experimenting with a bit of digiscoping (probably hand held to start with). A quick google suggests a Canon Ixus 870 IS or a Panasonic Lumix FX500 but I am open to...
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    Best Birdwatching Sites in the Scottish Highlands

    Hi all, The publishers (Buckingham Press), in their wisdom, have decided that there should be a second edition of the above mentioned book. As the reponse to the first edition has been pretty positive on these forums, I would like to pick your brains as to how to make the second edition even...
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    cataloguing and indexing photos

    My wife works for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and is looking for a program to catalogue and index photos. She needs to be able to search for key words and phrases as well as keep track of what's what and where's where. Has anyone got any favourite programs they could recommend that she could...
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    Forthcoming titles from AC Black

    I've just received the latest catalogue from AC Black, and the following new titles are listed for release in the second half of the year:- A Wildlife Guide to Chile (Chester, July) RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife (Holden and Abbott, July) Owls of the World - 2nd edition (Konig and Weick...
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    Ardnamurchan and Mull September 2007

    Here's a quick summary of the highlights from a two week holiday to Ardnamurchan with a couple of day trips to Mull and a stop en route in Dumfries and Galloway. I'll try and add more details/field questions when time/work allows Gordon A probable Gyr Falcon on Mull Cory's and Balearic...
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    scottish seabird numbers

    just come back from 2 weeks holiday in the Highlands and I was struck by how very few seabirds we saw, both round the coast, and crossing the Minch to the Outer Hebs. Obviously, sightings are time/weather/tide dependant but my impressions were that this is going to be another dire year for...
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    deeside info required

    I've just heard about a new hide in Deeside and was wondering if someone could supply chapter and verse as to exactly where it is.. The only info I have was taken from a brief BBC news story. 'A New bird hide offering visitors a chance to view important wetland breeds has opened on Deeside...
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    Scottish Highlands Book - shameless plug

    Sorry about this blatant piece of self publicity, but I thought that if I didn't do it, then who would <grin> After a long and difficult birth, my book - Best Birdwatching Sites in the Scottish Highlands (pub Buckingham Press, isbn 0-9533840-9-8, £15.95) is now available. It is a Where to...
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    So, you want to be a bird journalist

    Ever fancied yourself as a writer? Well here's your chance. A new online bird magazine is looking for authors from anywhere in the world. It doesn't matter whether you are looking to fill in your spare time or want something impressive to put on your c.v./resume. If you have a great story to...
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    more discount books

    Some interesting titles available at http://www.bibliophilebooks.com (then click on nature) Including:- Orkney Nature Galapagos diary Pheasants partridges and grouse Song of the rolling earth History of British mammals Where to watch birds in Europe and Russia Happy reading Gordon
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    cheap helm titles

    Keep your eyes open in your local discount book shops. A large number of Helm and Poyser titles are being remaindered with prices as much as 60% off. Titles I've seen include:- Rails Swifts Munias and Mannikins Thrushes Tundra Plovers (poyser) Historical breeding atlas (p) The massive...
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    forthcoming titles from Helm/Poyser

    I've just had the latest catalogue through from A&C Black detailing their forthcoming releases under the Helm/Poyser imprints. All details subject to change. Several crackers there but I'm particularly looking forward to Ian Wallace's no doubt controversial account of British birding. Gordon...
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    What's your favourite birding website?

    Hi, I'm in the process of compiling this year's selection of birding websites for the 2005 Birdwatcher's Yearbook and I'm looking for your recommendations. I've got plenty of sites lined up but there is always something new or different out there that is worth bringing to a wider audience To...