TN51 The Conference Calls 21 July 2011

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The one Pentax sponsored where we talk about Tristan’s ‘Giving my Right Arm’ fundraising initiative and allude to a typically lyrical curse-laden promotion of the initiative by Tom on BirdingBlogs), review a range of Pentax binoculars supplied by Pentax Sports Optics for our deliberations, discuss an excerpt from a longer Talking Naturally interview with BTO Council member Keith Betton on seeing Peru’s Endangered and little-known Long-whiskered Owlet, and chat about the finding of a Western Bonelli’s Warbler just yards from Tom’s front door.

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Advice: This podcast is sponsored by Pentax Sports Optics and their ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ conservation initiative. Go to for more details.



Show Notes

And your Panel today consists of…

  • Me, Charlie Moores, a freelance writer and podcaster (and now sadly intermittent birder) who either lives in a warm little cottage in north Wiltshire with his family or in a cold ‘podding shed’ editing an endless series of podcasts.
  • John Hague, a birding psychiatric nurse from Barnsley who now lives in Leicester where he’s a prominent member of the Leicester and Rutland Ornithological Society. John blogs extensively at The Drunkbirder where he rants “about the world and the absurdities of life“.
  • Tom McKinney, the Derbyshire-based birder and award-winning musician who founded The House of Bedlam and gigs as part of Tango 5, and author of the much-missed Skills Bills blog. Tom now blogs weekly at
  • Tristan Reid, aka ‘binocularface’, a well-known member of the Brit birding and twitching scene (to quote from Tristan’s binocularface blog “Some may call me obsessive; but I love to see rare and scarce birds and will travel anywhere within the UK and Ireland to see them!”) who lives in Cumbria.



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About the author

Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores


  1. Harry Hussey says:

    At least you all had the good sense to abort the singing soon after starting! ;)

  2. Nick Moran says:

    Interesting stuff on tape-luring. Seems its less of an ‘issue’ to non-UK birders – no-one I’ve met from the Americas for example seems to bat an eyelid about using playback (then again, rarities get ‘collected’ on t’other side of the pond – imagine that happening in Hartlepool). My favourite tape-related story concerned a non-Brit living in the Emirates when I was there. He was desperate to see a Moustached Warbler I’d found and I mentioned that it was responsive to playback. Next thing I know he’s on the phone complaining that playback wasn’t working; I asked him how long he’d tried playing the song for in one go and the answer came back as quick as a flash: 4 and a half hours.

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