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126. UK. 15. Egyptian Goose, London, 3/18

 

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121. UK. 8. Eurasian Jay, London, 5/4/18    

127. UK. 18. Eurasian Robin, London  

117. UK.4. Long-tailed Tit, London, 24/2/18  

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UK. 16. Rose Ringed Parakeet, London

 

Again only for UK count

 

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UK. 17. Mallard, London

 

UK only count

 

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127. UK. 18. Eurasian Robin, London

 

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UK. 19. Black-headed Gull, London

 

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128. UK. 20. Greylag Goose, London

 

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129. UK. 21. Eurasian Coot, London

 

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UK. 22. Canada Goose, London

 

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130. UK. 23. Tufted Duck, London

 

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131. UK 24. Mute Swan, London

 

I just missed them dancing

 

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132. UK 25. Wood Pigeon, London

 

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TonyQ

A very good London selection.

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michael-ibk

Agreed, love the Robin especially. Always interesting how confiding birds like Wood Pigeons or Moorhens seem to be in these city parks, I only know them as very shy and hard to get subjects. (I should probably just bring my camera when I go to Vienna next time.)

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Peter Connan

Some really lovely shots today!

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8 hours ago, lmSA84 said:

 

@Galana - what do you think. Image taken in central London.

Tough call. Like you my first reaction is Ring-billed Gull but Common gulls do have a black ring in winter. Leg length and colour fit Common so it is most likely except the eye appears too light and should be darker to give a 'kinder ' expression.

They say London is full of foreigners these days so nothing would surprise me.:o

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13 hours ago, Galana said:

Common gulls do have a black ring in winter.

Having seen @Dave Williams's Common Gull with ring on bill I don't think this is the same as yours. Add that to the yellow eye and I am back with you on a stray Ring-billed Gull.

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Well spotted @Galana  The gull is a bit bulkier than a Common Gull to me, more like a Herring Gull. 

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@TonyQ, @Peter Connan and @michael-ibk - thanks for the kind comments. London doesn’t have many birds but what’s there isn’t afraid of humans or lenses!

 

@Galana and @Dave Williams - thanks for the comments / other examples - I'm going to go with my original judgement and revise 124. to a Ring-billed Gull, which on one hand is exciting because it's a vagrant but on the other it's annoying because I've already been to their ancestral home this year so it's counted! :angry:

 

My UK count stays on 25. and my overall stays at 132. for my next bird.

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132. Baillon's Crake, Cyprus, April

 

I recently return from a week's family vacation in Paphos, Cyprus. My kind wife normally affords me 1/2 - 1 days birding on our family holidays in return for her own child free time. In this case I had a half-days birding in the Paphos area with an excellent local guide - Victor Tjernberg. 

 

We went for just over 5hrs - seeing only 46 species but 12 were lifers, including this Baillon's Crake. 

 

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Great sighting - and photo! Happy to hear Cyprus did work out after all.

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1 hour ago, lmSA84 said:

but on the other it's annoying

Look on the bright side. You can still count a Common Gull when you see one.;)

 

Lovely Baillon's Crake.

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Kitsafari

It seems I've overdone on my likes and I couldn't like the awesome pics of the Cyprus crake. 

amazing captures of the hummingbirds and the goldcrest, and the birds against the falling snow makes it so England for me. 

 

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@Kitsafari - no problem, I'll assume you liked them all ;) - thanks for the comments.

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133. Sardinian Warbler, Cyprus, April

 

These guys have been colonising the island and pushing out the endemic Cyprus Warbler

 

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Shame about the Cyprus Warbler - the Sardinian is a pretty bird though.

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