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260) Mediterranean Gull     Ichthyaetus melanocephalus   Dublin Harbour

 

Another poor image but sometimes the view you get isn't the best either but as long as the key features are readily identifiable you can nail it as that species. The jet black head of a Med' Gull in breeding plumage along with a bright red bill make it distinctly different from the Black-headed Gull ( which is actually brown) A lack of black on the wing tips is another key feature as can be seen in the one taking off. 

 

 

Meditteranean Gull   Ichthyaetus melanocephalus.jpg

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It's too cold, damp and miserable to go out at the moment and with 2 weeks gone my species photo count is 1. We get the odd Snow Bunting over wintering from Scandinavia here in the UK and fortunately

12) Chiffchaff These are probably the most common of our summer migrant warblers which also tend to be the first to arrive in late March to early April. To see one in our garden yesterday was a smash

271)Tawny Owl Seen on one of my garden perches late this evening when the light was fading fast. Thrilled to see it for the first time in a couple of years although I hear them calling during the

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Your Jay is obviously very clever!

(It is interesting how we view different birds and the creatures they kill to survive. We often dislike Magpies and Jays, yet Greater Spotted Woodpeckers raid nests of other birds, as do Herons and we seldom comment on this. And we really admire Golden Eagles. We are an irrational species! I mean "we" throughout this - it is not a dig at you Dave :))

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@TonyQ   Don't forget the wicked Sparrowhawk Tony, mind you he's helping keeping down my bird feed bill:rolleyes:

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PeterHG

You're certainly reaching respectable numbers, @Dave Williams! And it's only June...

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261) Jackdaw  Corvus monedula

A common species here in North Wales.

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michael-ibk

Nice shot of the Nightingale. They drive me mad, you hear them so clearly but they are so damn hard to spot.

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270) Eurasian Golden Oriole    Sinemoretz,Bulgaria

 

Very difficult bird as they tend to stay up high in the trees!

35439843472_5e10207d34_b.jpgEurasian Golden Oriole    Oriolus oriolus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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35569176656_655252ecf1_b.jpgEurasian Golden Oriole    Oriolus oriolus by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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PeterHG

Very good additions again @Dave Williams. Bulgaria delivered a great variety of species for you. That Red-backed Shrike is wonderful!

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xelas

Bulgaria is establishing itself as a prime birding destination through your excellent photos, @Dave Williams.

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271)Tawny Owl

Seen on one of my garden perches late this evening when the light was fading fast. Thrilled to see it for the first time in a couple of years although I hear them calling during the night.

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Tawny Owl  Strix aluco by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Peter Connan

Lovely sighting for one's own garden!

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michael-ibk

What a cool garden guest!

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PeterHG

What a beautiful sighting in your own garden! A good shot too at iso 4000!

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TonyQ

What a beautiful owl - and an amazing picture in such low light!

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xelas

Amazing owl photo on all counts! Maybe we should have a BYGTG in your garden, @Dave Williams :D.

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