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I have read sim­i­lar read­ers’ com­ments in the last two edi­tions of Bird Watch­ing. The sub­ject boiled down to, ba­si­cally, why do twitch­ers in­volve them­selves in com­pe­ti­tion and not just en­joy ob­serv­ing any birds that are about, the same as ‘bird­ers’? Per­son­ally, I’m a birder, but why should any­body in ei­ther camp con­cern them­selves with the other? They are two dif­fer­ent pas­times. Let’s just be pleased that all of us get out into the coun­try­side and get on with what we want to do, ap­pre­ci­at­ing birds, one way or the other. John Lew­ing­ton Have you been on your sum­mer hol­i­days? What birds did you see? Went to Skomer in Wales and saw my first Puffins & Manx Shear­wa­ter Janna Hutchin­son

Saw Slen­der-billed Gull in Por­tu­gal - beau­ti­ful bird! Jane Thomp­son Had an ace day watch­ing Hob­bies take food to the chicks in Bed­ford­shire Greg Dawes South­ern France to see Bee-eater, plus Black-necked Grebes and Pur­ple Heron Naomi Foster All sorts of things in Ex­tremadura in­clud­ing bus­tards and Span­ish Im­pe­rial Ea­gle Stu­art Foster I was in­trigued to read the Q&A from Robert Mclaugh­lin and see his pho­to­graph of a fe­male Lit­tle Bit­tern (Bird Watch­ing, Au­gust is­sue). It was taken at the Al­bufera Na­ture Re­serve in Mal­lorca on 12 May. We vis­ited the Al­bufera five days later on the 17th and took th­ese pho­tos of a Lit­tle Bit­tern at what may well be the same lo­ca­tion. It was a very oblig­ing bird and seemed quite happy to carry on do­ing its own thing, quite obliv­i­ous to the peo­ple watch­ing and pho­tograph­ing it from the bridge above! Roger Pols Dave Walker asks “Why does pos­i­tive manage­ment of the Golden Ea­gle stop at the Eng­land/scot­land bor­der?” (Your View, July 2016). It might have some­thing to do with the ap­palling record of rap­tor per­se­cu­tion in the north of Eng­land, par­tic­u­larly on grouse moors. I can­not en­vis­age any con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion will­ing to in­vest re­sources in Golden Ea­gle con­ser­va­tion un­der the present cir­cum­stances. Ed Hutch­ings, Jour­nal­ist and Wildlife Tour Guide I went to Menorca last week and saw Black-winged Stilt, Pur­ple Gallinule and a Hoopoe fly­ing away from me Thomas Banks Watched a Black-throated Diver in Scot­land, lovely to see! Sarah Jones North­ern Spain and I saw Grif­fon Vul­ture! Katie Wilkin­son

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