Slowly but surely, the finishing line of #My200birdyear is hoving into view. A few distant Manx Shearwaters seen during a family holiday to Cornwall brought my total up to 179, but a more major boost awaits. As we explain on page 20, October offers the chance to start mopping up those raptors and owls that you haven’t yet seen. I plan a few trips out to the Great Fen, and our forthcoming Readers’ Holiday on Speyside should help, too. Read on to find out how you could do the same. On page 92, we’ve got the first in a 13-part series on getting started in bird photography. Paul Sterry, one of the men behind Bird Photographer of the Year, will be taking you through all the basics, so this time next year you’ll be documenting your 200th species with top-quality photos. Enjoy!