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Audio slideshow: Birdwatching for beginners

About half a million people are expected to take part in the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend - which helps the charity keep track of species numbers.

Inspired, Evan Davis took a trip to Brent Reservoir in the shadow of Wembley Stadium in north London, to meet a father and son pair of birders.

Comedian Alex Horne and his dad Hugh, or "Duncton" as he prefers to call him, spent a year seeing who could spot the most different species of bird.

Here is what happened when birdwatching novice, Evan, caught up with them.

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Photos by Paul Kerley, and courtesy Brian Gadsby/Leslie J Borg/John Devries/Science Photo Library.

Publication date 23 January 2009.


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