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  1. andygolfer

    i.d. required for hawk in suffolk today

    I'm pretty sure it's a goshawk - that was what we were out looking for and it was in an area of suffolk well known for them. I'm not a real expert but showed the pics (which are very heavily cropped) to a couple of other birders who said they thought it was but would appreciate confirmation if...
  2. andygolfer

    curlew or whimbrel

    I'm not sure how to tell the difference, I've spent the evening reading topics and I'm still undecided so who can tell me - is this a curlew or whimbrel (i'm tending towards the latter). I saw it on Fuerteventura last week so not local I'm afraid. and whilst I'm in the asking mood confirmation...
  3. andygolfer

    A bit of fun - Essex pub twitching

    There are various games based on the names of pubs and in a casual moment I thought of Essex pub twitching so... How many pubs named after or partly named after birds can we find in Essex? To start it off with ones localish to me in Braintree there is the Swan (also in Rayne & Bradwell and...
  4. andygolfer

    Abberton - the demise of a perch and fattening of a heron

    I spent part of a dull afternoon at Abberton with Bitter b*gger today and watched this heron fishing quite successfully, 4 perch in quite a short space of time, here's a sequence of one catch: watch , strike, catch, swallow, gone! Most of the other birds cleared off as soon as it struck but the...
  5. andygolfer

    help required on hawk i.d. please

    Steve (Bitter Bugger) and I were out this evening and saw this at Little Leighs, it was some way off in the distance and at the time we thought it wa sprobably a kestrel but as always I took a pic best I could for i.d. (the pics were taken with a 400mm lens and it was little more than a speck in...