A Shortie Winter

The winter of 2011-2012 has been a phenomenal year for Short-Eared Owls across Britain, but its been especially good in my home counties of Northumberland and North Tyneside. Back in October, one of Northumberland’s hotspot sites, Preswick Carr, was already boasting at least 8 birds, attracting a huge number of local birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and […]

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American Black Duck

The male American Black Duck, Anas rubripes, has a dark body and light head, orange-red legs, unblemished yellowish bill, and a black-bordered blue speculum — the brightly colored patch of feathers on the wing. The black duck in the photos is locally famous among birdwatchers in Brooklyn, New York, for pairing with a female Mallard, […]

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