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Friday, 30 August 2013

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)

This is an escaped duck, it lives: Balkans east through c Asia, n Africa, WINTERS: south to Nile valley, India & China
Habitat: Lakes, rivers & wet areas
Diet: Mostly plant material, also invertebrates
TitBit: In some Buddhist countries the Shelduck is specially protected as its colour is said to resemble that of the robes the monks wear.  

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Puffin again

Here is the small Puffin, I have got about 50 photos still, NO NO NO NO.......................

Monday, 26 August 2013

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Redshanks breed in damp places like saltmarshes, flood meadows and around lakes, but during winter you'll see lots more of them on estuaries and coastal lagoons – as many as half of these birds may be from Iceland. The greatest concentrations of breeding birds are in parts of Scotland and north-west England. (RSPB)

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

The ancestor of most domestic geese, the greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe. In many parts of the UK it has been re-established by releasing birds in suitable areas, but the resulting flocks (often mixed with Canada geese) found around gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs all year round in southern Britain tend to be semi-tame and uninspiring. The native birds and wintering flocks found in Scotland retain the special appeal of truly wild geese. (RSPB)

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

The chaffinch is the UK's second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. It does not feed openly on bird feeders - it prefers to hop about under the bird table or under the hedge. You'll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.(RSPB)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

I and my brother been to see my mum who in hospital after a fall. Luckily, she alright, but they kept overnight. Phew, that was close.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Monday, 19 August 2013

Mallard X

Nothing much to photograph today, but the Mallard X, beautiful all the same. It went a bit dark when I took this, but I kinda liked it.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) in breeding plumage

Smaller than a redshank, turnstones have a mottled appearance with brown or chestnut and black upperparts and brown and white or black and white head pattern, whilst their underparts are white and legs orange. They spend most of their time creeping and fluttering over rocks, picking out food from under stones.