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    boat trips to coquet island

    Hello im considering a trip up next July primarily to see Roseate Terns from the boat trip to Coquet Island. Was wondering if anyone has any experience of these trips and how did they get on with the Roseates? Would it be possible to get one or two record shots? Any advice would be appreciated...
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    October week nr Conwy

    Hello I'm on a week long family holiday just south of Conwy next month. Was wondering if anyone has a good site for Dipper at all? Any other North Welsh specialities to look out for? Any assistance would be much appreciated. Thanks Mark
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    raptor watchpoint in New Forest

    Hello. My in-laws are spending a week in the New Forest next month. My father-in-law would like to see Honey Buzzard - is there a raptor watchpoint in the New Forest where he may stand a chance of seeing this species? In addition, is there a reliable site for Firecrest - another species he...
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    Blue-winged Teal at Saltholme RSPB

    Thinking about going up for it tomorrow, although it hasn't been on the news channels for a coupe of days. Anyone know if it is still around? Mark
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    yellow-legged Gulls

    Hi folks, Hoping to be in Lincs tomorrow for Am black Tern and sabs gull, whilst I'm there I'm going to try and target a gap on my year list, Yellow-legged Gull. Does anyone have any sites for this bird. I have tried and failed at Whisby but that was on a weekend, perhaps it's better in the...
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    Hotels near Albufera, Mallorca

    Hello there, I intend coming to Mallorca with my wife and (by that point) 10 month old baby. I would like to stay very close (walking distance) from Albufera. As my wife is very much a non-birder, and I don't intend hiring a car, I would like to stay as close as possible to the reserve to...
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    25 year old nikon scope

    Hello all, My father-in-law has recently reignited his passion for birding. Back in the day he had (and still has) a nikon scope. It's in good nick and optically ok, so I don't think there's a big need for him to shell out 2k+ for a new one. The one snag is that the only eyepiece he has is 20x...
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    help needed with tripod buying

    Hello, I am at the stage where I need to buy a new tripod. These days I find that I am using my scope far less than I used to, and with a baby on the way I can't really afford to spend the sort of money I know that will be needed to a buy a very good quality tripod. Therefore I would if possible...
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    Anyone going to Yucatan in October

    I am going to Mexico for my honeymoon in October, staying at the Iberostar Quatzal in Playa del Carmen. Of course I will be doing some birding whilst I'm there! If anyone is interested in going birding for a couple days, probably hiring a local guide, and sharing the expenses, then I'd love to...
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    Skiathos 5th - 12th May

    Just thought I would write a few lines about my recent holiday on Skiathos, a Greek Island located in the NW Aegean. This was largely a non-birding trip with my deffinetly non-birding girlfriend, although this being the Med in early May it was inevitable that I would bump into a few bits and...
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    Semi-collared Flycatcher

    Going to have to keep the other half quiet this spring and go to Greece for a week. The only bird that occurs in the region that I have yet to see is Semi-collared Flycatcher. Does anyone know of any holiday place (mainland or an island) where I may have a reasonable chance of seeing this...
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    Egyptian Nightjar's at Auberge Kasbah Dakouah

    I think most folks on here know that one of the best area's to search for Egyptian Nightjar is at the rather nice Kasbah Auberge Dakouah, between Erfoud and Merzouga. However, during my research for a trip to Morocco earlier this month, we found that most teams trying here for this species come...
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    Recording of Levaillaint's Woodpecker wanted

    Hi all, I'm going to Morocco in May, and would like to get hold of a few recordings prior to my trip. Most notably I would like Levaillaint's Green Woodpecker (Dupont's Lark and African Desert Warbler would be handy too). Could anyone point me to a website where I may be able to download a...
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    Madeiran storm-petrel's in Madeira

    Dear all I'm hopefully going to Madeira in early August, and have a few target birds, namely, Madeiran Firecrest, Trocaz Pigeon (both of which seem straightforward enough), Zino's Petrel (I'll need a guide) and Madeiran storm-petrel. That seems to be the tricky one for some reason. Pelagics...