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    Mallorca 2023

    Maybe Marsh Warbler?
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    Need guide recommendations for Java and Bali

    Hi Bruce, These guys get consistently good write ups for trips to Gunung Gede, though i haven't used them: https://m.facebook.com/JakartaBirder On Bali I used and can recommend Hery Kusumanegara: https://m.facebook.com/hery.kusumanegara/ Hope you have a good trip, Paul
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    Sani area, Northern Greece, family holiday April 2023

    Hi Ken, I suspect you are recalling the Agios Mamas Marsh, NE of Nea Poteidaia. Calandra (rather than Bimaculated) and Short-toed Lark are still reported from here. I didn’t see either, probably because the weather was hideous, and my visit there too short. I had hoped to see other larks...
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    Sani area, Northern Greece, family holiday April 2023

    Birds seen Mute Swan: A few birds on Stavronikitas lake, and a single bird on Yerani lake Common Shelduck: 2-3 birds often seen flying along the coast early in the morning from Sani resort, present on Yerani lake and at Agios Mamas wetlands. Eurasian Wigeon: A single female bird on...
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    Sani area, Northern Greece, family holiday April 2023

    Sites 1. Sani Resort Sani sits on the West coast, near the Northern end of the Kassandra peninsular in Halkidiki. The resort area is large, comprising a number of hotels, villas, pools, a small marina, church, tennis & football training areas, manicured lawns and gardens, dotted with a few...
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    Sani area, Northern Greece, family holiday April 2023

    Birds and Birding A number of factors influenced what I saw in relation to the 100 species that e-bird data indicated were plausible: E-bird is only as good as the amount of data it holds, for Halkidiki this is quite limited in April, as it is evidently earlier than when many visitors come to...
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    Sani area, Northern Greece, family holiday April 2023

    Reality Logistics Car rental: It is important to note Europcar (and all of the other main rental agencies at and around Thessaloniki Airport) require you to pay with a credit (not debit) card, to show this same card on arrival, and use this same card to authorise a deposit, for which you will...
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    Sani area, Northern Greece, family holiday April 2023

    Planning A first post-Covid overseas family holiday for me, my wife and our 4 year old son. As with our last foreign holiday to Sagres in Portugal we looked for somewhere with good childcare, the prospect of decent weather, a less than 3 hour flight from London, and the combination of suitable...
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    Pipit, River Medway, Kent, UK

    Thank you both, all the best, Paul
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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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    caspian gull redcar tarn west yorkshire uk

    Thank you, helpful explanation, Paul
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    caspian gull redcar tarn west yorkshire uk

    I am rubbish at gull ID, so ask in the interest of getting better... The bill doesn't look like a Common Gull to me, too heavy, with a marked black band and large yellow tip. Yet the gull looks smaller/slighter than I would expect for Caspian. How would Ring-billed Gull be ruled out? All the...
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    Bucket List Birds

    So my bucket list, how to put it together... well birds I haven't seen, not extinct, reasonable geographical spread, different, if possible spectacular environments, not easy to see, plus some combination of beautiful, weird or inspiring. 1. Giant Pitta. I have tried, lots. I have heard it, but...
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    Mallorca 2021

    Hi Derban, From personal experience I can recommend the Opticron MM4 telescope with the 60mm objective diameter, which should be spot on for your price range. The zoom lens is great. I have this combination and also a much more expensive Leica, which is also much heavier. I use the Opticron way...
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    South Downs National Park Bird ID Required

    It's a young Robin I think, all the best Paul
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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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