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    Mystery seabird - California, USA.

    Could it be a Red-necked Grebe?
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    Children's binoculars

    Thank you all for your responses and suggestions. Deb, I really appreciate your thoughts, I will probably go with the National Geographic 6 x 21 pair, the price, weight etc seem sensible. I like the idea of autofocus, but my son will mostly use them for birds at our garden feeders and birdbath -...
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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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    Dagenham Chase, Essex, UK

    It's hard to judge the size of a single bird in flight, and the other possibility is the bird you heard was different to the bird you saw ( maybe a Skylark after all). I am hearing a few Redpoll in flight over my house in suburban Kent, migrating birds, and it takes me a moment to recognise the...
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    Dagenham Chase, Essex, UK

    Redpoll?
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    western France Guerande Jack Snipe ?

    Nutcracker is right, there is a fourth snipe, lower middle in the picture. Too little for me to ID, but given it is more centre frame in the photo maybe this is the bird the OP was aiming to photograph. Any other photos?
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    Cliffe Pools, Kent. UK

    12 January 2020 Update I repeated the same route around Alpha Pool on Sunday, out via Westcourt Farm and back by Cliffe Fort and Flamingo Pool. The route along the Thames is no longer blocked, or signed as closed, but there are still two sections where erosion makes the path tricky along the...
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    Cliffe Pools, Kent. UK

    Alpha pool update 1 December 2019 I visited Cliffe Pools today, walking the circuit around Alpha pool via Westcourt Farm, passing Cliffe Fort and back via a scan of Flamingo pool. The route via Westcourt Farm is very wet, muddy and slippery once you clear the cement works all the way to the...
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    Cliffe Pools, Kent. UK

    Hi, I have used two routes to view Alpha lake. The easiest to describe is the one you tried, coming South along the Saxon Shore way from the west end of Flamigo lake. I haven't been since last winter so things may have changed, but part way through the winter the collapsed path was repaired but...
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    Sagres, Portugal, family holiday September 2019

    Simon, there were a few that got away - the possible Dotterel, I heard but didn't see Bee-Eater, and missed Booted and Bonelli's Eagles by leaving Cabranosa early. Others were reporting Golden Oriole but I didn't have a sniff of them or Spectacled Warbler. I should also thank you for your...
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    Sagres, Portugal, family holiday September 2019

    Thank you all for the nice feedback, all the best, Paul
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    Sagres, Portugal, family holiday September 2019

    Sagres Harbour (Porto do Baleeira) and Seabird pelagic with Mar Ilimitado One of the dolphin tour boat operators at Sagres, Mar Ilimitado (https://marilimitado.com/) offers specialist seabird pelagic trips out to deeper waters offshore. They show dates for future trips on their website, and it...
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    Sagres, Portugal, family holiday September 2019

    Vale Santo This required more time than I had to do it justice – again two one hour visits, this is a large area and needs careful scanning. Highlights comprised Tawny Pipits, a juvenile Woodchat Shrike and a couple of Whinchats. I didn’t see Little Bustard, and only had inconclusive views of a...
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    Sagres, Portugal, family holiday September 2019

    Cabranosa The track running up the left hand (West) side of the hedge is in better condition than the one on the other side. This track is the middle one of three that fork shortly after you take the gravel track from the road. As you get to the raptor watch point (a small rise, on your right...
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    Sagres, Portugal, family holiday September 2019

    Martinhal Beach and Family Resort, Martinhal Lagoon and valley, beach and islands We stayed in a 2 bedroom ‘Villa Mimosa’; these have the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and a large kitchen/dinning/living room on the 1st floor, plus a decent sized balcony overlooking a small grass...
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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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    Gull takes pet Chihuahua

    Gulls can be woofless predators...
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    Old photo mock-up of a large raptor with a child... ???

    The following might be of interest... https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/research-enterprise/cultural/institute-for-northern-studies/blogs/mimirs-well-articles/avian-abductions-fact-or-fiction/ I had heard on the 1932 Norwegian story. Happy birding, Paul
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    Birdquest Evaluations

    Big Blue, So sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your trip to Costa Rica with Birdquest, and that it has put you off UK based birding companies. Not all UK based birding companies (or birders) are as hard core as Birdquest, you could look at Naturetrek (http://www.naturetrek.co.uk/) for example...
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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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