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    Underwatched areas of the Yorkshire Coast

    Greetings So I’m contemplating a trip east (and I don’t mean as far as Rhyl for a change...) and am thinking of heading to the Yorkshire coast. Although I don’t mind the company of a few birders large crowds really aren’t my thing and I love the frisson of excitement/disappointment that...
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    Sound Recorder Advice

    Greetings all So my antique mini-disc has finally died and I’m looking for a new recorder to use with my Sennheiser ME66/K6 Microphone System, pre-amp, Rycote shaggy dog windshield, pistol grip shockmount & handle and Sennheiser headphones. To be honest I haven’t got as much use out of this kit...
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    Raven allopreening

    I observed some strange behaviour from a pair of Ravens today. I was out checking historical breeding territories around the Lleyn coast. My approach towards one particular sea cliff nest took me along the top of the mountain which juts out into the bay overlooking the site. On arrival at this...
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    Moult and Ageing of European Passerines ~ Lukas Jenni & Raffael Winkler - Free E-book

    Moult and Ageing of European Passerines ~ Lukas Jenni & Raffael Winkler - Free E-book Pleasantly surprised to find a digital copy of this title (which is listed on abebooks.com for £200) for free here: https://issuu.com/angelc7/docs/moult_and_ageing_of_european_passer Definitely worth...
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    Local Patch Etiquette & Best Practice

    The thread on the Norfolk Pallas's Grasshopper twitch/debacle in the Rare Bird Information forum has got me wondering what can be done to improve and strengthen the relationship between birders and the local patches which they visit. I'd appreciate any help with this as it sounds like it's...
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    Manx Shearwaters that fly like Little Shearwaters

    I mentioned this experience over on the recent Barolo Shearwater thread but thought I'd repost here as this forum is more appropriate. I'll use the term 'Little Shearwater' to describe the former North Atlantic little shearwater group (Boyd's shearwater, P. boydi and Barolo shearwater, P...
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    The Big Mac vs PC Debate

    After years of using Windows at home, and invariably finding my machines eventually slowing down etc - despite freeing up memory, running system scans and maintaining good security software - I'm now considering a major shift to Apple. I hear good things about them from geeky friends. I had a...
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    Camera advice for Swarovski AT80 HD

    Hi all! My old truly crap Coolpix 990 died recently and I'm looking to replace it with something more suitable for the above scope which I use with a 20-60x zoom. I'm totally out of the picture regarding the latest cameras but get the idea that whatever I buy now will be a fraction of the...
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    Lleyn Peninsula birding blog & twitter feed

    Hi all Just a quick message to let you know that I've started a new blog http://lleyn-birding.blogspot.com/ and twitter feed @Lleyn_Birding I'll be focussing on the birds and wildlife of this area with the odd foray elsewhere in North Wales and beyond... Link me if you're interested...
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    Seawatching Hints & Tips

    Hello guys and gals How do you seawatch in comfort and keep your equipment running smoothly? When the heavy dawn passage tails off, the text says that your mate on the next headland/island around the corner has scored with some ace pelagic wanderer, my feet feel like frozen blocks of...
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    Visiting a hacked website - security issues

    Hi all I'm after some help after coming across the following situation. Twice recently I've found myself looking at websites that have been hacked. Whoever did it has modified the home page and left a messge - I can't remember what the first one said (some crap) but worryingly last night my...
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    Mega Seabirds - The Unofficial Records!

    Greetings all Well it's that time of the year again as the seawatching season kicks off (for me anyway). Several hours staring at the sea proved rather uneventful today but got me wondering about the various records of mega seabirds that have been reported but never officially accepted. Given...
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    Carrying your gear - what do you use?

    Inspired by the excellent book 'The Sound Approach to Birding' and a couple of recent traumatic unknown calls by fly-by migrants |:S| I have just purchased a secondhand minidisc, Sennheiser ME66/K6, pistol grip and a 2Ocm Rycote Softie. The problem now is how to transport this gear in the field...
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    Scientific testing of photographic equipment

    Greetings all Sometime in the future (probably distant - unless I sell a family member or kidney soon) I will step up from my useless old Coolpix and scope set up and purchase a nice bit of DSLR kit for landscape and wildlife photography. I'm sure I'm not the only newbie whose limited mental...
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    European Bird Calls - Online Library

    Hi Sorry, it's probable been asked before - but can anyone recommend free web collections of European breeding/vagrant bird vocalisations? Cheers Andrew
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    Hats - what do you recommend?

    Hello there Spent a few hours waiting for an Icterine Warbler to reveal itself this morning (great Welsh find for a friend!) while singing from the cool and shady willows of a little pond nearby. I manged to get rather hot in the process, and now the sunstroke has eased I must ask a crucial...
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    Best DSLR Kit - would you switch from Nikon?

    Greetings bird people I've spent several weeks browsing various forums, seeing loads of images (good and bad) and wading through yards of text while researching the best equipment for bird and wildlife photography. What is left of my brain hurts.... The emphasis will be on taking photographs...
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    Best DSLR Kit - would you switch from Canon?

    Greetings bird people I've spent several weeks browsing various forums, seeing loads of images (good and bad) and wading through yards of text while researching the best equipment for bird and wildlife photography. What is left of my brain hurts.... The emphasis will be on taking photographs...
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    Gannet behaviour

    Greetings seawatchers I heard a story from a local fisherman recently which I find quite intriguing. Apparently he was shore fishing near Pwllheli last week when he noticed an adult Gannet dropping seaweed into the water from a height then flying down and picking it off the surface, taking it...
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    Online Bird Call Library

    Greetings all Could anyone direct me to an online library of Western Palearctic Bird Calls - there must be one out there, surely? Thanks in anticipation Good Birding Andrew
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    Help required with Nikon 990: software, memory cards and adapters.

    Hi, I’ve recently acquired a used Nikon 990 with the intention of taking loads of excellent photos… unfortunately I have been experiencing some problems that I hope a seasoned digiscoper may be able to resolve, and also have a few more general questions. 1. Nikon View 3 software I installed...
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