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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 13:12   #851
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Thanks for the update on the situation with Flickr.

WhatsApp is basically a platform for free text messages. It works really well as a platform for group messaging too, including sending photos for free as well(subject to phone connection and data etc). We have just under 100 of the most active Cambs birders now on the group, and more people are joining each day. You simply need a Smart phone (iPhone, Samsung etc) to host the WhatsApp app. I'll show you when I see you next.
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Flickr - update for those interested in photography or use a long lens ...

I have set up a new account without Yahoo which is a relief!
I will now be able resume posting links to photos of interesting birds at Grafham or ‘Huntingdonshire’.
In time I will re-post a selection of the older Grafham rarities in full resolution. Ideally viewed on a high quality monitor.

Regarding the WhatsApp - are you able to moderate ie delete the dog!
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Old Saturday 26th January 2019, 20:55   #852
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Finally managed a day watching Cranes in Cambs near Manea; at least 35 seen together but possibly up to 44. Best observed from Day's Lode Road where the light is very good for photography. Also a Peregrine hanging around. I'm sure I saw a Sociable plover around here once a long time ago but no idea where....
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 11:23   #853
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The RSPB have released the following;

"More observers are now trying to see the flock of cranes on there arable feeding grounds, which is understandable given how attractive they are. However, we are already getting concerning feedback from the farmer where the cranes feed and local residents (who have already received there first rudeness from a birdwatcher, which is totally unacceptable and shows a complete lack of awareness of there surroundings).

These birds rely on the goodwill of the farming community now and even more so in the future as the population continues to expand.

This is a request to refrain from trying see the birds away from the Ouse and Nene Washes. They are a common and regular sight now, still exciting, but still in need of sensitivity around observing and reporting.

Also the nesting season is almost upon us, so please do not report pairs (or single adults!) of this species!"


Sadly, so far this request has been ignored by the news service providers, who continue to report these birds. Lets hope that the birds welfare starts to take preference soon.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 13:07   #854
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Interesting to read this; maybe they need to speak to the news providers?
The only issues I observed were local dog walkers disturbing the cranes and swans ; should signs be erected in these areas like they do in Australia at wader roosts with a fine if ignored. Having remained in the car virtually all day all photos were taken carefully to avoid any disturbance.
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Interesting to read this; maybe they need to speak to the news providers?
The RSPB request was posted on Cambirds group. IMHO, news providers are quick to glean news from these groups, but often chose to ignore requests like the one from the RSPB. They have their reasons (which I won't go into here).

The point I was aiming for, is that the farmers are supporting the Cranes by leaving a food source for them, and it would be a shame for this to end (dog-walking may be disturbing the Cranes, but the birds keep coming back, presumably because of the freely available food source).

My post wasn't aimed at you Matthew (I know you'd be very sensible in your approach), but more to widen the net of this RSPB request.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 20:06   #856
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I see RBA are still posting precise details so out of town folk will continue to visit the location. It is a spectacular sight and maybe one day we can have whole communities involved with the cranes as in Japan. Gatherings of 25,000 or more birds! I will add a couple of photos of such a location.
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Old Saturday 2nd February 2019, 19:45   #857
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A day searching for the Great Grey Shrike at Grafham village area. Apparently seen at around 11:00 near Grafham village Hall while I was nearby. Searched the area following the report but no sign.
Drake Scaup from Plummer carpark at Grafham Water late pm. Hope reports are posted tomorrow.
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A day searching for the Great Grey Shrike at Grafham village area. Apparently seen at around 11:00 near Grafham village Hall while I was nearby. Searched the area following the report but no sign.
Drake Scaup from Plummer carpark at Grafham Water late pm. Hope reports are posted tomorrow.
damn, I used to live opposite the hall, haven't seen a Great Grey Shrike for a year.
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Grafham water 3 Feb. 3 Bewick’s swans ; pair of Red-crested Pochard ; drake Scaup and a lone Dunlin.
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Old Saturday 9th February 2019, 10:22   #860
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Great Grey Shrike: Grafham Village -Ellington Hill bridleway crossing 08:15 9 Feb
Finally caught up with it today
It was in the roadside hedge just north of the bridleways on the east side out of the wind. Soon lost it and it may have headed east along the bridleway.
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Grafham water 9 Feb ; still 3 Bewick’s Swans in Dudney Creek and a Drake Scaup off Plummer carpark
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Grafham Water 24 Feb: finally, close views of the juvenile Caspian Gull and it does look like the Sept 2018 individual that I photographed very closely eating a fish. Comparison here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...57703632408062
More of the gull from today here including the interesting male hybrid Tufted x Red-crested Pochard https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/ &
https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/

Still two female Scaup and the Drake Scaup yesterday . Also a Common Sandpiper on the 23 Feb.

All the old Grafham photos should be back soon.......
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Grafham Water Caspian Gull - additional video
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Sept 2018 https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7703632408062/

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Old Wednesday 27th February 2019, 08:42   #864
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Grafham hybrid duck? Very like this bird in Yorkshire two years ago. Maybe the same bird?
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014...-duck.html?m=1
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Old Wednesday 27th February 2019, 09:17   #865
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Grafham hybrid duck? Very like this bird in Yorkshire two years ago. Maybe the same bird?
http://birdhybrids.blogspot.com/2014...-duck.html?m=1
Hi Matt, when I posted photos of the current bird on Twitter last week, a few people linked photos to other birds currently present at other sites in the country, so it seems there a few examples of this hybrid in the UK at the moment.
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Hi Matt, when I posted photos of the current bird on Twitter last week, a few people linked photos to other birds currently present at other sites in the country, so it seems there a few examples of this hybrid in the UK at the moment.
Thanks; in 40 odd years reservior birding I can’t remember coming across this precise hybrid; but RCP’s have always been present. Interesting to know if its brothers are still present as this one clearly has only recently arrived at Grafham I guess.
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Old Wednesday 27th February 2019, 16:31   #867
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The Pontefract bird you linked for 2014 was still present at the same time as Grafham Water bird;

https://twitter.com/flipinsheffield/...70986453667841

Given the lower density of RCP's in UK (compared to Pochard, Tufted Duck, Scaup etc), I guess it will always be a rarer combination. Also the others mention are all obviously Aythya's, and I wonder if this pairing is less likely to make it too adulthood (with RCP being from the genus Netta )
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Thanks; in 40 odd years reservior birding I can’t remember coming across this precise hybrid; but RCP’s have always been present. Interesting to know if its brothers are still present as this one clearly has only recently arrived at Grafham I guess.
Hardly fresh in - first seen here in eclipse last July as per Cambirds Mail group, and seen a number of times since
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Hardly fresh in - first seen here in eclipse last July as per Cambirds Mail group, and seen a number of times since
Thanks; did you manage any eclipse shots?
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Grafham Water 9 March ; best birds, the two Avocets in the lagoons, plus a Green Sandpiper. A lone Dunlin on the dam and the adult Caspian Gull distantly from Dudney hide that occasionally flew near enough for some photos.
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Grafham Water 10 Mar; male and female Scaup off Plummer carpark in very rough conditions. Three Dunlin around the only other birds of note.
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Grafham water 17 Mar: male and female Scaup still present. Also the presumed hybrid Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck male from Plummer car park.
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Grafham water - scarce grebes ?
All winter I’ve been looking at the grebes and finding none! Now reports of both Slav and BnG consecutive days in the same place on RBA pager.
Do we really have both present? I can’t get there until Saturday unfortunately so hope someone can check?
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Colin Addington reported Slav Grebe yesterday and said it was in partial summer plumage. Ian Dawson has seen Black-necked Grebe this afternoon and states "in almost full summer plumage". I've not been able to get there either, but mid-March is traditionally a good time for Grebes to arrive at the reservoir.
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Thanks for background information.; will have a look on Saturday.
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