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I noticed from @Peter Connan's thread that this is the 5th year we've been doing this 'Big Year' thing. It took a couple of years to get going but now it certainly seems to have grabbed some interest. Brilliant.

 

In the past I've been a really slow starter and relied on a late surge to even get into triple figures, so this year I thought I would try and start a bit better. 

so here are a couple from my garden, photographed in the wind and rain - 'cos we've had a fair bit of that.

 

#1 Long Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

Suffolk. Jan 2018

 

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#2 Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)

Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

 

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#3 Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

 

Also from my garden, this time taken through the window

 

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#4 Teal (Anas crecca)

River Deben, Suffolk. UK. Jan 2018

 

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#5 Wigeon (Anas penelope)

River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

 

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#6 Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

 

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#7 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

 

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#8 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

 

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#9 Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

 

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#10 Bar Tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

River Deben, Suffolk, UK. Jan 2018

the colour of the bill suggests that this is a young bird

 

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Galana

Are you  going to add thr Great Tit  from the Blue Tot photo too?

Waste not want not..

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The Pheasant is a stunner, they really are gorgeous birds yet tend to be overlooked.I still haven't found one around here,I guess I'll have to wait for them to rear some more.

Your Lapwing has just as much colour as mine, just needed to turn side on!

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@Soukous - great start, especially the Lapwing. I never seem to be able to get that close

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PeterHG

A very good start, @Soukous, your garden produces some nice birds!

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Peter Connan

Lovely start!

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Game Warden

Looks like we need to do a ST birding trip to @Soukous's garden...

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17 hours ago, Game Warden said:

Looks like we need to do a ST birding trip to @Soukous's garden...

 

You are all welcome. Plenty of space for tents and lots of nearby cafe's that do a good breakfast. 

Actually there are several good birding sites quite close by. Two rivers with good shore birds and RSPB Minsmere which is highly rated for migratory birds.

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On 16/01/2018 at 3:48 PM, Dave Williams said:

The Pheasant is a stunner, they really are gorgeous birds yet tend to be overlooked.I still haven't found one around here,I guess I'll have to wait for them to rear some more.

Your Lapwing has just as much colour as mine, just needed to turn side on!

 

Thanks @Dave Williams, the pheasant pose is good because for once I can see all the tail feathers, but sadly the light is very poor.

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On 16/01/2018 at 3:26 PM, Galana said:

Are you  going to add thr Great Tit  from the Blue Tot photo too?

Waste not want not..

 

Absolutely @Galana, thanks for pointing that out. 

#11 Great Tit.

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45 minutes ago, Soukous said:

You are all welcome.

GPS coordinates? Be careful who you invite. Some rum beggars on this forum. No names!:o

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Don't allow camping on your lawn I can think of one that might dig it up!

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#11 Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus)

Dubai, Feb 2018

 

I stopped in Dubai for a couple of days on the way to South Africa and was surprised what appeared in the garden.

 

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#12 Common Myna (acridotheres tristis)

Dubai, Feb 2018

 

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#13 Rock Dove (Columba livia)

Dubai, Feb 2018

 

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