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    Hooded crow or hybrid?

    A fair few farmland birds come to feed on the beach on a receding tide. Yesterday (18th October 2019) in the mob and accompanying a nice well coloured pair of Stock doves and a few Jackdaws was this Hooded crow. Hoodies are not often seen here (Lincolnshire), just occasionally in the autumn and...
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    RSPB second-hand binocular scheme

    As far as I can see it has been over ten years since this scheme has had a mention on here: RSPB second-hand binocular scheme An opportunity to help others less fortunate by donating surplus or unused binoculars and spotting scopes (distributors and retailers with dead stock please note). A...
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    Anolis in the news

    March 2019 CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing in Lizards Through Microinjection of Unfertilized Oocytes April 2019 Scientists create the world’s first gene-edited lizards August 2019 World's first gene-edited reptile gives hope for albino eye problems cure Although the [somewhat limited] benefits are...
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    Bracket fungus.ru

    Came across this one on old birch in clear felled woods in the Vladimirskaya region last weekend, and help appreciated. With thanks,
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    How Kenko produces binoculars

    This video follows the assembly of the Kenko DH MS 8x32 at their Japanese plant and shows cutaways, lens assembly, prism testing, body assembly, optical assembly, optical axis adjustment, the hermetical sealing test, nitrogen purging, and exterior armour assembly ...
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    Nikon Prostaff 3S - new compact, lightweight binocular from Nikon

    The Nikon Prostaff 3S, in 8x42 and 10x42 : http://www.nikon.com/news/2016/0304_prostaff_3s_01.htm Best wishes,
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    Nikon SLR Handbook - free download

    The Ultimate Nikon SLR Handbook Volume 3. http://mos.nphotomag.com/NikonHandbook3.pdf Free in pdf.
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    FG to Birds of the Caucasus

    Surely by now there is a field user friendly guide in book form for the Caucasus, English or Russian? Advice appreciated, thanks!
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    Bar-headed goose or hybrid ?

    Is this a Bar-headed goose or just another hybrid and why? Lincolnshire, December 2015. Help appreciated! With thanks,
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    Binocular id - Golden oldies - UK

    Gone but not forgotten, Eric Morecambe drove a Bentley but which binos did he use? Best wishes,
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    This photo by Eric Holland, Albury, NSW., is just too good not to share. A new dimension to the term house "gecko". Story here : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/12032661/Giant-goanna-gives-Australian-man-a-shock-after-climbing-across-his-house.html
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    Nikon Centenary Museum, 1917-2017, Shinagawa, Japan. "Towards the Next Hundred Years"

    Nikon Centenary Museum, 1917-2017, Shinagawa, Japan. "Towards the Next Hundred Years" Nikon Museum : http://www.nikon.com/about/info/museum/ Exhibitions and miles of content : http://www.nikon.com/about/info/museum/exhibitions/index.htm Museum & gift shop. Location: Shinagawa Intercity Tower...
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    Allbinos Kowa BD 8x56 XD Prominar review

    For low lighters, allbinos have published a new review here : http://www.allbinos.com/index.php?test=lornetki&test_l=293 Best wishes,
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    Snakes of Sri Lanka – Recognising Deadly Venomous from Harmless Snakes of Sri Lanka

    Dilmah Conservation, the best practise arm of Ceylon Tea Services, have published this unique and useful booklet as a practical aid to snake conservation in Sri Lanka. At the time of publication 102 species of snakes are recorded from Sri Lanka yet of these only 21 cause serious envenomations...
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    Shrew conundrum

    Over the last week or so I've come across at least 10 shrews by the wayside, all have been nipped and left, and all on the same 1km stretch. These three photos are from this morning, one looks like it has been mouthed by a dog but it's not dogs that are catching them. Has anyone else seen...
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    Swan numbers down due to shootings, says Queen's swan marker

    "Air rifle attacks and random shootings by vandals have been blamed for a sharp drop in the number of swans recorded during the annual swan upping census on the Thames. The rise in shootings was said to be the most serious factor causing swan numbers to drop by a third on last year, according...
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    Insect id

    Would appreciate an indication for this one, many thanks.
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    State of the Climate in 2014

    The international, peer-reviewed annual publication, "State of the Climate" is the authoritative summary of the global climate of the previous year published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and is available now for 2014. The report is based on contributions from 413...
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    Reptiles of Thailand - A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand

    This new book by Tanya Chan-ard, Jarujin Nabhitabhata and John W. K. Parr, published by Oxford University Press USA, and printed in China, offers a handy and much needed single volume illustrated reference to the lizards, snakes, crocodilians, tortoises and turtles of Thailand, many of which are...
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    Hawker id

    Photographed this one half an hour before sunrise today (flash photo) and would appreciate an id, many thanks.