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You'll find rare bird news and sightings, binocular and telescope reviews, birdwatching books and competitions, as well as features on identification, improving your birding and conservation. Register to create your own birding blog or upload your bird photos and videos.

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This Hume’s Owl photographed in Israel in 2011 is now a new species, after the type specimen was found to be closer to ‘Omani Owl’. Photo: Rony Livne.

Desert owls get complicated

Examining the type specimen of Hume’s Owl, a study has found that all known specimens except the type – that is, the first one from which the species was named – differ enough it to be described as a new species.

Downloadable Birdwatch magazine main index v5.06 PDF - photos and illustrations

A downloadable PDF index of Birdwatch photographs and illustrations from 2001 up to the June 2015 issue.

Scottish Birdfair Programme 2015

This year's Scottish Birdfair takes place on 23-24 May, at Levenhall Links, Musselburgh. You can download your free programme here.

Forum

RE: swan goose identification

The identification of Swan Goose Anser cygnoid is as follows. Check it out and identify what you have seen. 81-94 cm. Large goose with bi-colored neck and all black bill. Dark brown crown, nape and

ID please

Hi First time user, so hope I do it right. Took photos from hide in Wicken Fen of this little bird. I think it might be a juvenile, not sure which. Green finch (beak too small?) Goldfinch

rss feed for birdwatch albums Photos & Videos

Show off your latest sightings in the Birdwatch.co.uk photo gallery, simply register for a free account and you can start uploading your photos straight away. Here are a few of the latest gallery additions.

Blacktoft Sands 26th June Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 26 Jun 2015

Blacktoft Sands 26th June Sony A100 and Sigma 150-500mm lens

Posted by ron on 26 Jun 2015

with prey

Posted by Brian on 02 Jul 2015

Latest News


Hydroelectric dams drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity

Posted: 04 Jul 2015
Widely hailed as ‘green’ sources of renewable energy, numerous hydroelectric dams have been built worldwide, but research reveals they are far from environmentally friendly.

BTO's longest-running census goes online

Posted: 03 Jul 2015
The Heronries Census is the longest-running BTO survey and has now gone online.

RSPB says effects of climate change on wildlife must not be overlooked

Posted: 02 Jul 2015
The RSPB is urging the government not to ignore wildlife as Britain responds to the impacts of climate change outlined in a major report this week.


BirdGuides BirdMap

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Want to know what’s about? This map shows today's rare and scarce birds in Britain and Ireland; the larger the square, the rarer the species. First reports are shown in grey.

Click here or on the map to see a larger version showing today's sightings. For details of species and county, move your mouse over any square and check the pop-up 'tool-tip' (and/or, depending on the browser, the status bar at the bottom of your browser window). On the BirdGuides websiteBird News Extra subscribers can also see the site name, and can access further details by clicking on any square; they can also view BirdMaps from previous days.

For more information on BirdGuides bird news services, see www.birdguides.com/services.

Competition

With Birdwatch.co.uk you can easily enter competitions featured in Birdwatch magazine. Just click here to check out the latest prizes and enter online.

Which shearwater?

The Urban BirderClosing Date: 11 Jul 2015


WITH a view to getting some of the scarcer tubenoses on your British list – and particularly Balearic Shearwater – you book a pelagic trip off the south-west coast in late summer to increase your chances of seeing some of these legendary species. Luck is with you and a small flock of shearwaters and storm-petrels is lured in by the pungent chum knocked together by the captain of your shark-fishing boat.



However, as you decided to charter your own boat rather than take one of the more established pelagic tours, there is no experienced birder or guide on board. You have no choice but to identify the birds yourself.



A subtly brown-tinged individual glides past and is clearly part of the Manx Shearwater species complex. But is it your desired Balearic Shearwater, or is it another Manx – or perhaps something even rarer?



It drifts close enough for you to note all the diagnostic features and you’ve got good sharp images of it. Using what you have learnt from our comprehensive ID photo guide in the July 2015 issue of Birdwatch, can you spot the tell-tale diagnostic plumage and structural differences that will help you determine which species this bird is?



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