Having made a recent, supposedly one-off, foray into the business of optical reviews, I felt I could hardly say no when the nice people at ZEISS wanted to send me their new telescope, the Gavia 85, to look at…

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It was sad to hear yesterday that James Ferguson-Lees passed away in early January 2017…

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Sacred Ibis

Book reviews // 11.01.2017

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Britain has a long tradition of clerical or ordained naturalists, stretching from medieval times to the present day, and a particularly distinguished example is Canon Henry Baker Tristram…

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This report presents data on scarce passerine migrants recorded in Britain during 2014. It was a record year for three of the birds discussed here: Red-breasted Flycatcher, Little Bunting and ‘Siberian Chiffchaff’…

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DNA-based identification of birds has become routine and presents enormous possibilities for expanding our knowledge of identification, migration patterns and breeding ranges…

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Eagles

Book reviews // 05.01.2017

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This is the latest slimline volume in the RSPB ‘spotlight’ series, which seeks to illuminate some of our most popular and high-profile birds and mammals. It is lavishly illustrated with one or more colour photographs on almost every page…

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Starting with the beautiful drake King Eider on the cover, this guide is liberally illustrated with a wide variety of mainly high-quality photographs of the iconic birds of the region…

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When Eric Hosking’s autobiography An Eye for a Bird was published, in 1970, it was enormously popular, and ran to five hardback and two paperback editions. It has now been transferred to digital format and is available on Kindle. Times have changed greatly as far as the bird photographer is concerned, and this book is a fascinating insight to a bygone era…

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British Birds January 2017, summary of contents

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Ian Kerr has decades of first-hand experience of living and birding in this area and has written extensively on the birds of Northumberland, and in particular this much watched and fascinating place. This is in essence a third revised and updated version. The comprehensive classified list covers all 330 species and 19 subspecies recorded up to 2016…

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