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finding birds

acceptable dogs [deleted] 9:48pm, 12 August 2010
I am new to photographing birds and did not start till february of this year and have done quite well managing several species but now its getting harder and would like some help finding whinchats or stonechats or wheatears being a novice i dont know if its even the right time of the year but any pointers would be helpful, I know my way round suffolk and norfolk quite well so this is the area i can cover
thanks colin
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Colin there is a new book out (one which my son bought me) called "Where to watch birds in Britain" it has a wealth of info and covers the whole of the British Isles, will include species and time of year so may be what your looking for?
acceptable dogs [deleted] 8 years ago
thanks steve does it cover many places locally i get plenty of short stints of 1 to 4 hours to take the camera out but I dont get many full days so its hard to plan traveling far.
also i see i missed a question that you asked about the bearded tits they were taken at grove farm near thurston I was chatting to a man out walking and i heard them but never saw them but i kept going down to the reed bed and throwing some seed at the edge it was allways gone the next day but it did pay off in the end as i got around a dozen shots, a few days later i had my first visit to pensthorpe and they have a area where you can see them at close quarters which cheesed me off a bit after all the hard work that i had put in it devalued what i had acheived but i still had a lovely day there so i wont knock it too much
thanks colin
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its not bad, and has a reasonable coverage or all the British Isles, probably best seeing if you can flick through one 1st. I travel a lot so it gives me ideas if I ever have the odd hour to spare
birdwalkers 8 years ago
I think nearly every area has an internet group of birdwatchers who post to the site. My local is Ohiobirds. It will give me daily postings for the whole state. It's not perfect this is a big state. I'm looking for rare birds in the northern half. I wouldn't be to keen to chase a gallinule in Cinncinatti. More than happy to find one 15 miles from my yard. The site saves a lot of time.Just one tool I use
good sightings
.Sam
Alex Berryman 8 years ago
My best advice is this; Find a spot which is good for photographing your subject, then, set up a portable hide and wait .... And wait .... and wait for tje right time ...
birdwalkers 8 years ago
Thesite for photo windows can be everything. We want clear openings or windows to use for view. I lost many patches from changing vegitation. Former good spots picked up pharagmites. A reed that can tower 8-12 feet in dense rows at a marsh edge. A marsh that was usually good for rare water birds. Can't work with that without a gallon of gas and a match. You move on to new patches. that are more open. Some of the too well tended city park pond will never attract the rare grebe or pelican.You take what they do snare and fall in love. I had a steril pond this Fall that never pulls in the best stuff. It did win a longtime lease from a flock of Ruddy ducks. Not the most exciting bird. I shot them a lot anyway and had fun. I at least was there if others came.
Sam
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