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    Hearing aids for hearing bird calls

    Hi all, I'd like to find out about people's experience with the use of hearing aids to help hear high pitched bird calls. In recent years I've noticed that I can no longer hear some higher pitched bird calls, e.g. Redwings' 'seep' calls when flying overhead, and I can't hear crickets any more...
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    Help with Vietnam bird id

    Hi all, In Aug 2016 I visited Vietnam on a family group tour, so there were very limited birding opportunities. I managed to get a few bird photos, which are on Flickr at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskDN23cE I'm sure they are all common species, and I think I've managed to identify most of them...
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    Vortex Razor HD 8x42 vs Swarovski / Zeiss etc

    Hi all, I'm in the market for some new bins, finally upgrading from my 1990 Swarovski Habicht 10x40 (which have been superb). At the time I thought that optically they were virtually as good as the Zeiss 10x40 Dialyt, but the Habicht cost £318 vs c£500 for the Zeiss (in 1990!). I want...
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    Mystery Raptor, Thursley Common, 12 July 2014

    Hoping someone can help identify this large raptor seen on Sat 12th July 2014 at 17:40 over the heathland at Thursley Common, Surrey, UK. It was exceptionally pale and plain below, with longer wings and tail than I would have expected for a Common Buzzard. It often hovered, twisting its tail...