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Hi all. My name is Paul, from Ashford in Kent. Fairly new to birding (~2 years) and find that I am usually alone in my hobby. Thought I would jump on here and see if I can meet some like-minded people. Hobby started as wildlife photography, but I find I lean more now to just watching them. Recently bought a spotting scope and I am in the process of working out how to best set up a tripod and how to use it in a hide!

My most recent birdwatching experience that left me feeling awesome, was spotting a bittern in the reeds at Elmley NNR in Sheppey, and then watching as it took off and proceeded to fly around above my in a wide circle, making a cawing sound (or "graow" as it is called apparently). Given that it is such a secretive bird, and I have only seen it before as it came into land and disappeared, this prolonged overhead spectacle was incredible, and one of my best birding experiences so far!

I have probably waffled on too long, so I shall go now :)

delia todd

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Hi Paul and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

It's often easier to use a hide clamp for the telescope when in a hide. They're not generally too expensive, especially if you can get one that uses your own centre column from your tripod.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.

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