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    African Crake, Egypt

    The Surfbirds World Birding gallery is showing a Corncrake from Egypt photographed in 2008 by John Wheldon. It looks more like an out of range African Crake to me. Anyone else offer an opinion? Andy
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    Peru, Manu Rd boat trips in May

    Myself and Steve Preddy have a Peru trip booked for May and it includes a fairly standard run down the Manu Rd. We have various boats booked including the transfers below, but also some birding excursions on the river between 15th and 22nd. This is to ask if anyone might be out there around...
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    Peru Qs

    I’ll be birding in Peru in May with Steve Preddy. We’ve booked the majority of accom and travel for the itinerary pasted below (shows daily plan -- and accom), but we’re still in the process of reading up via relevant trip reports. While we do that, any help with the following questions would be...
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    Scottish airports Q

    Am planning a spring trip to Scotland and may end up driving in and out of either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports, initially heading north. Will be avoiding the bank holiday weekends but may have to travel around rush hour times. I know that traffic north of Glasgow A can be awful with a bridge...
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    Direct flights UK to C&S America

    A bit lazy and will investigate myself but is anyone aware of direct flights from the UK to any Central or South American countries? Need to be good birding destinations needless to say... (but most if not all will be I realise) Andy
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    Good Merlin sites, Northern England?

    Did a quick thread search on here and on the Yorks forum, and not too much popped up. Have a friend living in Saltaire who's not having much luck finding Merlins despite trying some well-known sites like Leighton Moss and Blacktoft. Any good tips for time of day, season and location, not too far...
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    Good Merlin sites?

    Did a quick thread search on here and not too much popped up. Have a friend living in Saltaire who's not having much luck finding Merlins despite trying some well-known sites like Leighton Moss and Blacktoft. Any good tips for time of day, season and location, not too far away? Thanks in...
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    Gambia or Senegal seasons?

    Hi, can anyone advise: I’m planning a Gambia and/or Senegal trip for Easter 2018, i.e. late March and early April. This will be two weeks and I plan to go back another time for another two weeks. I reckon these are the sections I need to visit in total to give a really thorough coverage: #...
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    Image Stabilised bins

    Apologies if there's an existing thread I should be adding to... A few weeks ago, I posted somewhere on BF that IS bins aren't really suitable for birding. I said they were heavy and ungainly, and the image quality was not up to the best (or something along those lines). I also said I had...
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    Visiting Hokkaido??

    Hi folks - if anyone is visiting Hokkaido from the UK in the near future and would be willing to carry a book over for me, then please get in touch. The owner of the Lodge Furen is a birder and runs his homestay very much with birders in mind. I have a hardback book I'd like to get out to him...
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    Wot if Warbling Vireo turned up in Britain?

    A discussion developed on a different thread about the similarity (or not) of Warbling Vireo and Garden Warbler. I wondered if WV may have occurred in Britain but been overlooked and perhaps passed off as GW. Conclusion was that if seen reasonably well, they are very distinct. My thoughts...
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    Best locations world wide

    Whilst I'm not a disastrous sailor, I'm not a great one either. Can anyone point to excellent sea watching locations world wide that I could target for seeing a good range of genuine seabirds, that's albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, etc. I know UK sites very well already and also Madeira...
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    Why no 9x36?

    More new models from the top 3 brands and still they persist with 8s and 10s only. I try the new models but nothing has come very close to making me upgrade from my 8 year old 8x32 Leicas. One thing would - instantly. A 9x36 made by any of Leica, Zeiss or Swarovski. Anyone else in my camp on...
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    West Papua / Wilson's BoP

    A heads up for anyone thinking of a West Papua trip soon. I visited this July and we were advised to try Waigeo island instead of Batanta for Wilson’s BoP. Apparently, the traditional spots for the bird on Batanta are no longer reliable. We scored easily on Waigeo and had a great trip. Full...
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    UK twitching TV programme?

    I believe there was a twitching TV programme broadcast in the UK in the 80's or 90's...? Not the more 'recent' Channel 4 thing, a lot earlier than that. I'd like to get hold of a dvd copy if at all possible at reasonable cost. Any ideas anyone? Andy.
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    ED III value?

    Can I ask all you Nikon aficionados a Q please. How much is my 1999 Fieldscope 60mm ED III worth now? It’s well used but optically perfect. I’ve seen them on the web for sale at above £700 new but I’ve no real idea as to how well they hold their value in the 2nd hand market and I can’t find...
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    Sri Lanka info please

    Does anyone know Sri Lanka and its road network well enough to advise on the following...? We're planning to visit Kitagula, Sinharaja, Udawalawe, Yala, Bundala, Marissa and Nuwara Eliya. What is the most efficient order in which to take them out of Colombo to minimise driving time, and ending...
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    Advice on an efficient itinerary please

    Does anyone know Sri Lanka and its road network well enough to advise on the following...? We're planning to visit Kitagula, Sinharaja, Udawalawe, Yala, Bundala, Marissa and Nuwara Eliya. What is the most efficient order in which to take them out of Colombo to minimise driving time, and ending...
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    Central Mozambique & African Pitta

    If anyone wants some extra details on birding in Central Mozambique and in particular, on searching for African Pitta, please take a look at this trip report: http://www.cloudbirders.com/tripreport/repository/MEARS_ZimbabweMozambique_12_2013.pdf Highlights included the following species over...
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