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. (M.51). Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

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S'Albufera 12.04.2017

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S'Albufera 12.04.2017

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10. (UK.10). Redwing Turdus iliacus Chaddesly Corbett, Worcestershire 02.01.2017 This Redwing was on the same tree as the Blackbird in the post above Just up the road, Birmingham 05.01

1. (UK.1). Blackbird Turdus merula (M) Chaddesly Corbett, Worcestershire 02.01.2017 (F) Chaddesly Corbett, Worcestershire 02.01.2017 I thought I would start with one of our most

158. (UK.112). Cuckoo  Cuculus canorus        Coney Meadow, Worcestershire         02.05.2017   This is only the second Cuckoo I have seen. Last year's was a distant grey blob.

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. (M.52). Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

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S'Albufera 09.04.2017

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Mating, S'Albufera 09.04.2017

Always a pleasure to see Avocet.

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137.(M.53). Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

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S'Albufera 09.04.2017

This was a bird we really wanted to see - and it was very common.

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S'Albufera 09.04.2017

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Pre-mating, S'Albufera 09.04.2017

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Mating, S'Albufera 09.04.2017

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Post-mating, S'Albufera 09.04.2017

It was interesting that Avocets and Stilts are classified so close together in our bird book. They certainly have a lot of similar featurres, but the mating behaviour (before, during and after) was virtually identical)

 

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Inflight over water, Depuradora 14.04.2017

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Nice captures. I too recently witnessed the mating rituals of the Stilts , quite fascinating that there is a set pattern every time.

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What a beautiful Stilt series you managed to capture!

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Brilliant shots of the Stilts and Avocets, and the Little Grebe chicks is a wonderful sighting!

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So many so beautiful and interesting sightings!

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A very productive Mallorca trip, especially enjoyed the "specials" like the Subalpine Warbler.

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. (M.54). Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

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La Gola, Port de Pollenca 08.04.2017

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138. (M.55). Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

(New Bird)

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La Gola, Port de Pollenca 13.04.2017

I saw a small brown bird on a distant tree -and just got a couple of poor shots before it flew off. I confess I didn't know at the time that it was a Wryneck!

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. (M.56). Northern Wren Trogdolytes trogdolytes

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Boquer Valley 10.04.2017

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. (M.57). Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

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Boquer Valley 13.04.2017

Very common in the area- though often partially hidden amongst branches.

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139. (M.58). Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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. (M.59). Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

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(f) Boquer Valley 13.04.2017

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(m) La Gola, Port de Pollenca 15.04.2017

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(m) La Gola, Port de Pollenca 15.04.2017

I have posted a female Stonechat already in the UK, but wanted to add the male as well. We saw many of them during our stay. They are very good birds for beginners like us as they are colourful and sit on top of a raised branch. They then fly about and return to a similar branch close to the original. That means even we can see them!

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The other advantage of continuing to take pictures of Stonechat, is that a few of them turn out to be Winchat!

 

140. (M.60). Whinchat Saxicola hybrida

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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Depuradora 14.04.2017

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141. (M.61). Spotless Starling Sturnus uniclolor

(New BIrd)

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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142. (M.62). European Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus

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Depuradora 14.04.2017

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143. (M.63). Thekla Lark Galerida theklae

(New Bird)

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Depuradora 14.04.2017

Larks are difficult. This is idntified by location and behaviour as much as appearance.

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144. (M.64). Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla

(New Bird)

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Depuradora 14.04.2017

Distant EBC - again use of behaviour and location!

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. (M.65). Blackbird Turdus merula

A very common bird - but I have never seen this behaviour before - a really prolonged, serious looking fight.

 

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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145. (M.66). House Martin Delichon urbica

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C'an Curassa 11.04.2017

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146. (M.67). Sand Martin Riparia riparia

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S'Albufera 12.04.2017

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. (M.68). White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba

 

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La Gola, Port de Pollenca 13.04.2017

 

A different subspecies to the Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) we get at home.

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. (M.69). Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

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Depuradora 14.04.2017

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