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    Are these edible?

    My neighbour alerted me to some mushrooms that have suddenly appeared at the side of their house. We have never seen them grow there before (and I have lived here for sixteen years). I have attached a couple of photos of the mushrooms plus a photo of where they are growing (you can just see the...
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    Lost telescope

    Just spent nine days drifting around Cambs, Suffolk then Norfolk. From there it was my intention to drive up the Lincs coast and into Yorkshire via the Spurn area. That all came to a halt at Thornham Harbour on Wednesday (09/01/2019). I was cut short, basically needing a poo. I left my scope at...
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    Caspian Gull?

    I am not the greatest at identifying the rarer Gulls so need help with this one please from the Birdforum Gull experts. Is this a Caspian Gull?
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    Grey-headed Woodpecker and Eagle Owl

    I was hoping to have had some replies on the other threads I had posted but apart from good information on the White-backed Woodpecker via PM I have had nothing else. I am going over to France on Friday (Nov 6th) starting off on the Eurotunnel at 1.20am. I will be driving through France then...
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    A long journey planned

    I have also posted a shorter version in the White-backed Woodpecker thread. I am about to start a long two month trip with my dog in my small Motorhome. Along the way I have at least three target birds, White-backed Woodpecker, Grey Headed Woodpecker and Eagle Owl (all lifers). Tengmalm's Owl...
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    Unidentified Duck

    I was at Cosmeston Lakes, Penarth on 20/03/2015. It was about 6.15pm with very little light left. I managed to spot and photograph the Lesser Scaup I was after but I also spotted a very similar bird which I also photographed. I have only just processed and edited the second bird and I have...
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    February in Cyprus

    I have a week booked in Paphos from Feb 1st to the 8th. It will be a mixture of birding and tourism but I was wondering what sites would be good to visit at that time of the year. I do have a Cyprus site guide by Dave Gosney but it really covers the migration hot spots. I have noticed at least...
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    New Scilly Pelagic

    I don't know if you guys are aware of a proposed three day Scilly Pelagic that has been organised for Aug 16th, 17th & 18th (Fri, Sat, Sunday) but it was put on the pager last weekend. Remarkably little interest has come of it so far so I thought that if I put it on Birdforum it might get far...
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    Small Canada Goose

    There has been a small Canada Goose being reported on the pagers from North Uist on Loch-n-Roe. We were there on Saturday in the hope of seeing some of ther Long-tailed Skuas that have been flying though in good numbers, but sadly not on Saturday. Whilst there I tried to get some photos of...
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    BUBO listing

    I am currently for the first time actively trying for 300 species in a year in what could be my final year of twitching. Also for the first time I have added my list onto the BUBO lists using the BOU rules. I am currently second to Lee Evans but looking at his list he has added the Radipole...
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    Replacement camera

    Last week I had a bad fall and badly damaged both my Canon 50D and my Sigma 150-500. The insurance company rang me today to say they are writing them both off. They will replace the Lens like for like with a new one but the replacement for the camera will be the Canon 60D (as the 50D is no...
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    Lesser Whitethroat?

    I'm 99.9% sure this is a Lesser Whitethroat but I can't recall seeing one as light as this before and the bill seemed to be different to what I was expecting. It's been such a long time since I have seen one that it caught me out when this one popped up briefly at a bird table at the Summer...
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    French Alps, Morzine in Sptember

    We are currently thinking of having a seven night break in Morzine and was wondering what birds we might see in this area. Are there any sites you can recommend that we should visit. I have noticed the odd report that states Lammergeir a possibility. Is that right. Also Citril Finch. If that...
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    Trip report for Gambia & Senegal 7th to 21st Feb 2012.

    I have just finished my trip report and photos for my two week adventure in Gambia & Senegal. The group was made up of myself, David Jobson & Roy W plus an American friend of mine that lives in Egypt (Mary Megalli), so it was a bit of a distant mini Birdforum meet as all four are BF members...
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    Trip report for two weeks in Gambia & Senegal

    I have just finished my trip report and photos for my two week adventure in Gambia & Senegal. The group was made up of myself, David Jobson & Roy W plus an American friend of mine that lives in Egypt (Mary Megalli), so it was a bit of a distant mini Birdforum meet as all four are BF members...
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    Can you identify please (Butterflies mainly)

    I have just come back from having two weeks driving around Gambia & Senegal. A few images remain unidentified and I wondered if anyone on here could help ID them please. 1 & 2. Poss Veined Swordtail. Found in Gambia near to Kotu Creek 3. Not sure if this even a Butterfly. Found in Senegal in...
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    Lesser / Mealy Redpoll?

    Today I was watching & photographing the Redpolls in the garden at Kelling, Norfolk. I'm not too hot when it comes to identifying Mealy Redpolls and was wondering about the following three photos. The first I was veering to Mealy, the other two Lesser. What do the experts think. John
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    Trip report covering Oct 20th to Nov 11th

    I have completed my trip report on my web site covering our trip around South Africa for the above dates. Here is a link to the report. http://www.coventrybirder.co.uk/main%20pages/South%20Africa%202011%20Trip%20report.htm As always the written report is summarised and on the page at the top...
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    ID's needed please

    We have just completed 16 days of a 22 day trip in South Africa. We have had a fabulous time with some excellent birds but as usual there are some that we are not sure of. Below are a few images we would like ID's on please. 1. Possible female Orangebreasted Sunbird (Photographed at the West...
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    Gambia & Senegal Feb 7th to 21st.

    There are 4 of us doing a two week trip that incorporates both Gambia & Senegal and I was wondering if anyone fancies joining us. We will fly from Birmingham on Feb 7th 2012 and come back on Feb 21st. We will be going with Halcyon Gambia & the price is £1995 plus the cost of your flight and it...
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    Any one fancy Gambia & Senegal

    There are 4 of us doing a two week trip that incorporates both Gambia & Senegal and I was wondering if anyone fancies joining us. We will fly from Birmingham on Feb 7th 2012 and come back on Feb 21st. We will be going with Halcyon Gambia & the price is £1995 plus the cost of your flight and it...
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    Unbelievable + advice needed

    I'll set the scene. I live in a bungalow in Coventry. Currently I am sitting in the corner of my living room eating my dinner. The door to the kitchen is open and the door from the kitchen to the garden is also open. 25 minutes ago in strutted a Magpie, with what looks like a broken wing...
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    Photographed at Thursley Common, but what is it.

    This is very heavily cropped as it was about 70+ yards away. It only gave me chance of three quick images but is there enough detail on these two to work out what it is. It was photographed yesterday in a few small trees in the heath. John
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    Bargain Buy

    I was given the heads up on a Yahoo groups birdwatching site about a camera that Curry's are selling off cheap. It is the Panasonic FZ100 and they are selling it for £199.97. I managed to bag the last one near me. I don't know anything about the camera but the HD video facility is why I bought...
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    Cape Town Pelagics v Zest for birds

    I am coming to South Africa again this year (I came last time in Nov 2009). My mate & I are there for three weeks from Oct 20th until I fly back on Nov 11th. Part of the trip will be a Pelagic from Cape Town. Cape Town Pelagics have vacancies on both Oct 22nd & 29th whereas ZFB only have the...
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