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Bird Watching (UK) - - Welcome - Matt Mer­ritt, Ed­i­tor

THE RISE and rise of bird pho­tog­ra­phy has been one of the fea­tures of the last decade – new tech­nol­ogy has made it pos­si­ble for most of us to cap­ture great bird mem­o­ries, even if we’re not ex­actly cre­at­ing works of art. In this month’s 16-page spe­cial sec­tion, we of­fer tips and ad­vice on get­ting started pho­tograph­ing birds – mas­ter the ba­sics, and you’ll be amazed how quickly you start get­ting great pics. Else­where, on page 71, Steve Wilt­shire sug­gests look­ing for the rarest bird most bird­ers are likely to see in the UK – the threat­ened Aquatic War­bler – while we also take a look at the on­go­ing suc­cess story of our cover bird, the Os­prey, on page 32. They’ll be all over the coun­try this month, as mi­gra­tion starts, but if you’re com­ing to see us at Birdfair (page 16), why not also take the op­por­tu­nity to see them at Rut­land Wa­ter? Wher­ever, you’re bird­watch­ing, though, good luck, and re­mem­ber to tell us what you see.

The be­hav­iour of birds, such as this Cuckoo and Whin­chat, can make for great pho­tos

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