Rose-coloured Starling

The Rose-coloured Starling or Rosy Starling is a bird that breeds in Asia, apparently in vast numbers. From time to time, instead of migrating south too the Indian sub-continent to spend the winter, the odd one migrates in the wrong direction and finishes up, totally lost in Europe and even the UK. One such lonely […]

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Goosander

The Goosander is an interesting “saw-billed” Duck that is found on the fast moorland rivers of my county, Devon (UK). They are a very wary and shy bird and if they catch sight of you they will depart immediately. Historically this species has been persecuted and they need to be wary for a good reason. […]

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Another very close Dipper encounter.

I had my first proper close-up Dipper encounter of the year today. I had been in the hide for 2 hours this morning, a total of more than 10 hours so far this February. I had decided enough was enough with a total lack of activity. At that point I had seen a total of […]

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The start of this years White Breasted Dipper observations.

For the previous three years I have been observing breeding White Breasted Dippers on my nearby river. Breeding activity starts very early in the season, around now in fact. I had been waiting for the water levels on the river to retreat just a little before I started this year’s observations. We have had a […]

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The Breeding of White-breasted Dippers

I have just started my annual observations of Dippers that breed on a river close to the Dartmoor National Park in Devon . Last year I spent almost every day for at least 8 weeks photographing and recording their breeding attempt. I say attempt because it ended in tragedy when the river flooded and their […]

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Greenshank Tringa nebularia.

The Greenshank (Tringa nebularia.)is medium sized wading bird that is normally seen on migration in Spring and Autumn in the UK. They do not breed in England but further north in Scotland and sub-Arctic Europe and Asia. In my local area it is quite common to see one or two on the nearby Exe Estuary […]

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Karoo Prinia

I can remember in vivid detail this particular bird. I had spent the afternoon at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town and had enjoyed a glorious hour late in the afternoon photographing Orange Breasted Sunbirds that were absolutely stunningly gorgeous. As the day turned to evening, the light became absolutely perfect. We had made our […]

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Cape Spurfowl – Pternistis capensis

I have recently returned from a trip to South Africa and specifically Cape Town, an exciting and interesting place for all sorts of reasons. The wildlife opportunities are immense and varied with a vast variety of birdlife. One bird that I found interesting and very approachable was the Cape Spurfowl or Cape Francolin Pternistis capensis. […]

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Wildlife in a Suburban Garden

It’s interesting to note that the common tit species in the UK and Europe have beaks of slightly different lengths and shapes. This enables them to co-exist in the same habitat and even in the same mixed species flocks. Coal Tits for example, although smaller than Blue Tits, have a longer and proportionally longer beak. […]

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