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    Deep mid-Winter in St Petersburg

    Many posts on this part of the board seem to have no luck whatsoever, but worth a try. I've done a bit of my own research also, so I can at least half contribute (but not fully!) - there really doesn't even seem to be much information about deep mid-Winter in either in NW Russia or even in...
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    What does it take to get the biggest lists?

    Looking at a similar thread on this forum I was struck by world listers and the sheer effort that must go in to building the biggest (6000+) lists. So a few questions- How many years does take to build these massive lists and how much of their time do they spend birding? Is there much time for...
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    Evolution of separate species with similar range

    I've always wondered why there seems to be such a variety of species that are so very similar, and why separate species have evolved apart on similar ranges with separate distribution. Some examples I can think of (there are many) and they vary to different degrees include- Bewick's Swan and...
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    (Budget) Birding trips in July

    I am going to be temporarily homeless for most of July (and the first week of August) so I'll be looking to take a birding break during that time. Usually, I wouldn't post but seeing as this time of year is normally pretty devoid of bird activity, especially in Europe, I was wondering if any...
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    First Scope advice needed - Celestron Ultima 80, Acuter or other

    Hi, I have been trying to do a little research on a first 'scope. At risk of clogging the thread feed here I thought I'd try one more post, just in case. I'll be using these on holidays in Turkey and Canary Islands next year. Also, does anyone have experience with either of these: Celestron...
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    First scope - £350(ish) full set up

    Looking to take my interest to the next level somewhat by investing in a 'scope and a superzoom Camera, recently tried the Canon SX60 pretty set on it at the moment. Setting myself a combined budget of £700 leaves me about £350 for a scope with a tripod. Could be tempted to push my budget...