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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    That would be a great place for watching hobbies (boomvalk)! I can't think of a better place to see them than a large body of water with lots of martins (oeverzwaluw). Seeing them in action is a great test for both optics and observers!
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    yes, very much so, the adult (your second pic down) also looks more heavily marked than most of the birds we see in London. It used to be that they were placed in the subspecies Falco peregrinus germanicus, but I don't think this is the case any more. Interestingly, one of the London birds...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Brilliant bird. How rare are they in that area, and what sort of habitat was it? Following an Aplomado in high-speed pursuit over the mesquite is just the sort of stuff of which alpha binocular adverts would be made (if optics companies had the budget!).
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Kites don't really have the wherewithal to kill that kind of prey - compare the size and power of a kite's feet to that of say a female goshawk (pretty much public enemy number one if you're any of the corvids). The goshawk may not look much bigger (or indeed look smaller in flight) but has...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    That is really cool! I see buzzards frequently in Central London, passing by, but none are resident in my area so have not seen them display. Have the Eurasian hobbies (boomvalk) appeared in your area yet? Mine returned last weekend (or at least I found them there last weekend). One of the...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    I can't complain, given the sensational display-flying I saw yesterday, but damn I'd like to see that sometime - have seen some brilliant footage/photos (link) from La Jolla, which I gather is not far from where you were. I can't imagine pelicans pose a genuine threat to their young, so can...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    They are truly impressive birds. I visited Berlin some weeks ago hoping to get some good views of them and was struck by how they were quite happy to nest not only in the large parks but also smaller areas like churchyards. I suppose a lot has to do with human disturbance - Berliners seem...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Damn... I'd call that better than very good!!! It was a little strange to read that the buzzard you saw was the bird doing the mobbing, rather than the one being targeted! Here in London we see buzzards regularly, and in a normal year you would see buzzards being mobbed by crows, buzzards...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    It's all relative! I have only seen a merlin once myself - they are not at all common in London! I really would have liked to have been able to see the bird in your photo - I can imagine how all the exquisite feather details must have looked at that range!
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Nice! That is what my own birding is heavily focused on (excuse the pun). From what I've read, the low cliffs overlooking the La Jolla beaches sound like one of the world's best locations to observe peregrine behaviour. The photos that guys like Will Sooter have captured are nothing short of...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Your North American sharp-shinned hawk is really similar to the males of our Eurasian or Northern sparrowhawk though! Do you get to see them, or any of the other Accipiter hawks, regularly? I have to admit I'd love to see the North American subspecies of the northern goshawk - they're such a...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Yarrelli - WOW! That's why I wanted to visit your island, or Majorca, this autumn - but it will almost certainly have to be next year. Charley, I've not visited those big reservoirs north of Walthamstow you mentioned, though no doubt they would be pretty interesting. There's a car park at...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Beautiful photo of an adult male sparrowhawk (the "musket" in falconers' parlance)! That must have looked spectacular in your binoculars! Sparrowhawks pop up fairly often in London - I've often seen them soaring at low to medium altitude and disappear in spectacular near-vertical stoops...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Bonjour Edmund: if painting historic old buildings with high towers and steeples, it is always worth giving them a careful look over with the binoculars! Regards Patudo
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Very nice! Here in London some of the pairs have laid their first eggs of the season, the birds in Spain must be a little ahead. It was very windy today (+20mph most of the day with stronger gusts) and I got to see some exciting flying this morning. Most birds have trouble when the wind is...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Would that Nigel, Boris, Jacob and the other architects of Brexit truly were the eccentric, yet ultimately harmless English country gents depicted in that well-loved book. But the future they are so astutely manoeuvering us towards, I fear, is one from the pages of Dickens rather than those of...
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