Birding abroad can often be an eye-opener, in terms of culture, scenery and unfamiliar birds. However, it can also provide some fantastic spectacles of some of our scarcer species and rarities. Peter Turner recounts two exceptional events from the 1970s when he was in East Africa.
With just 17 accepted records, Lesser Kestrel is on most listers' 'most wanted'. Tynemouth birder Adrian Pitches takes us back 15 years to a day when he chanced upon a blocker – until the bird on the Isles of Scilly turned up that is!