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    Pipit, River Medway, Kent, UK

    Dear BF what do you think this Pipit is? Taken today at high tide on the Bank of the Medway in Rochester. Thanks, Paul
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    Children's binoculars

    All, My 2 1/2 year old wants a pair of binoculars like daddy's. As much as I want to encourage him, I am not buying him a pair of Leica's. So any recommendations please on a cheapish, robust (toddler proof) pair of binoculars, suitable for looking at birds in the back garden (short focusing)...
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    Sagres, Portugal, family holiday September 2019

    Some notes from our recent (8-19 September 2019) 11 day holiday to Sagres in SW Portugal. This was a family holiday with my wife and our 16 month old son, with birding limited accordingly. That said the resort we stayed at (Martinhal Beach & Family Resort) and the surrounding area provided...
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    Lake Kerkini, Greece, February 2018

    In mid-February 2018 my father and I spent four days birding the Lake Kerkini area and a day around Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. Our trip ran from Sunday 11th to Thursday 15th February, and was a version of the ‘Long Weekend at Lake Kerkini’ tour offered by Neophron Tours (www.neophron.com)...
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    Woodpecker, Selous, Tanzania, October 2011

    Dear all, A query from e-bird regarding a record of Nubian Woodpecker Woodpecker from October 2011 in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania has prompted me to look back at some of my photo's and notes from the trip. The suggestion from e-bird is that Reichenow's (Bennet's/Speckle-throated)...
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    Greenshanks, Hong Kong, April 2017

    Dear all, Please see attached two photos of Greenshanks taken at Mai Po in Hong Kong on the 11 April. On the day I identified all of the Greenshanks as Common Greenshanks. However, other birders picked out Nordmann's Greenshank on the same pools that day, so I have looked back at my photos...
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    Sandplovers Hongkong April 2017

    Dear all, I would appreciate your thoughts/advice on the identification of the following sandplover photos. These were all taken at Mai Po in Hongkong on the 11 April 2017, using a combination of my Samsung S7 mobile phone, Solomark universal adapter and Opticron MM3 60 ED travel scope. For...
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    Hong Kong and Bali April 2017

    Day 0 - Heathrow Wednesday 5 April At a safely birdless Heathrow, admiring the sun setting at the end of a day mostly stuck in a London office. Tonight a flight to Hong Kong (HK) for the first part of a holiday there and then Bali. The trip will be a mix of time relaxing, seeing the in-laws...
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    Adapter for MM3 60 - Samsung S7 edge combo

    Hello all, Does anyone have a recommendation for an adapter to be able to digiscope using my MM3 60 with HDF lens in combination with a Samsung S7 edge? Thanks, Paul
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    Great Grey Owl / Vole forecast

    Dear all, I am considering a trip to Finland to look for Great Grey Owl (and other owl species), probably using Finnature. Are there any forecasts as to whether 2017 will be a good vole year in the Oulu/Kuusamo areas, and hence a good year for owls - especially GGO, or am I better off waiting...
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    RFI: Anchorage 1 day guided birding

    Dear all, My father, a keen birder, is going on a general interest holiday to Alaska in mid-June and may have some free time to bird whilst in Anchorage. Is there any one that offers 1/2 day or full day guided birding tours of the Anchorage area? Happy birding, Paul
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    Kyoto mid April 2016

    Kyoto mid April 2016 A few notes from a primarily non-birding trip to Kyoto between the 13 and 17 April 2016. The main aim of our visit was to enjoy the spring cherry blossom for which Kyoto is famous; unfortunately, a warm spring meant that the peak of the cherry blossom season had passed by...
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    RFI – Kyoto mid April 2016

    Dear all, I am planning to visit Kyoto in mid-April 2016 primarily to try to see the Cherry blossom in Kyoto. I would appreciate advice regarding birding in Kyoto and its surroundings and also around Mount Fuji at this time. We could either go for a shorter 4 night stay in Kyoto, or extend the...
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    Southern Cyprus mid March 2015

    Please see attached a report and trip list from a long weekend birding Southern Cyprus in mid March 2015. If anyone has helpful tips on how to copy and paste content from a word document into a birdforum post without losing its formatting, please let me know. Best wishes Paul
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    Cyprus 12 to 16 March RFI

    Dear All, I have booked a short visit to Southern Cyprus in mid March for a few days birding with my father, and would appreciate advice and up to date news re some of the target birds we are hoping to see. I have been keeping a watchful eye on the following excellent websites for recent...
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    RFI Bruges and Uitkerkse Polder

    Dear all, I am planning a weekend visiting Bruges with my wife over the 23-25 January, driving there and back via Eurotunnel. Saturday we will be doing normal tourist things in Bruges, Sunday morning and early afternoon I have some time for birding in the area around Bruges / on the way back to...
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    Two 'non birding' trips to Peninsula Malaysia 2014

    Some notes from two separate ‘non-bird-watching’ (my wife disputes this) trips to Malaysia, primarily in and around Kuala Lumpur. Full bird lists were entered into eBird. 1st Trip: 7 – 21 March As other visitors to this part of the world have noted Malaysia was suffering a severe drought when...
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    Malaysia immature bittern species

    Dear birders, I saw the immature bittern shown in the attached photo at the FRIM Bidor pools on the 31 October this year. I initially thought it was a Yellow Bittern, but subsequently wondered if it might be a Cinnamon Bittern. What do you think? Thank you and best wishes, Paul
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    Sorrento 23 to 30 September 2013

    Sorrento 23 to 30 September 2013 This report provides a short summary of birds seen during a week long ‘non-birding’ holiday with my wife in Sorrento (Italy). There is little information available online about birding in this part of Italy. Naturetrek do a spring trip to the Sorrento...
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    RFI Extremadura

    Hello everyone, I am planning a long weekend in Extremadura (23-27 May) in the hope of seeing a few of the later arriving summer migrants that I have missed on previous trips. Specifically I'm hoping to track down White-rumped Swift, Rufous-tailed Bushchat and Red-necked Nightjar, and would...