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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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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